In the film, Thor believes that the Frost Giants of Jotunheim are trying to break an ancient truce that was made between their leader Laufey and Thor’s father, Odin (the King of Asgard). Thor tries to convince his father that the warriors of Asgard need to go to Jotunheim and teach the Frost Giants a lesson. Odin informs Thor that he didn’t want to rekindle the ancient war with Jotunheim and tells him to leave the matter alone. Thor decides to disobey his father’s orders and takes a group of warriors (Loki, Volstagg, Fandral, Hogun and Sif) with him to Jotunheim to fight the Frost Giants. Odin intervenes during the fight but not before the truce between Asgard and Jotunheim is broken. Due to his actions, Odin takes Thor’s powers away from him and banishes him to Earth. Odin also sends Mjolnir (Thor’s hammer and his source of power) to Earth, but puts a spell on it that only the worthy can wield it. I won’t say anymore about the plot because I don’t want to ruin it, but that sequence of events leads to the bulk of the movie with Thor exiled on Earth.
“Thor” stars Chris Hemsworth in the title role. I have to say that Hemsworth did an extremely good job leading a talented cast considering he hasn’t been in a lot of films before. The only movie I’ve seen him in was in his small role as George Samuel Kirk in “Star Trek”. Hemsworth portrays Thor as a noble yet arrogant warrior who has to overcome some of his impulsive and selfish behavior in order to save his home world of Asgard and the planet Earth.
Tom Hiddleston was also interesting as Loki, Thor’s brother. Hiddleston played Loki as a confused, jealous and reserved individual. Hiddleston did a fine job in the role but I think he might have played Loki to be a little too reserved. I hope Hiddleston is able to let lose a bit in future Avengers and Thor movies.
The supporting cast for “Thor” included two very well known film veterans, Anthony Hopkins and Natalie Portman. Hopkins was great as always in his small role as Odin. Natalie Portman didn’t have too much character development considering she was the female lead, but she did have a lot of chemistry with Chris Hemsworth which is important as well.
There were a few characters/actors I wish would have had more screen time. It would have been nice to see more of Thor’s friends. Voltage (Ray Stevenson), Sif (Jaimie Alexander), Fandral (Joshua Dallas) and Hogun (Tadanobu Asano) were interesting and I wish they could have interacted with Thor more. I also thought the character of Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings) was fairly funny and I would have loved to see more of her on screen. It’s not that this took away from the movie at all, I just thought those characters were rich and I would have liked to have seen more of them.
Actually I really did enjoy the plot of the film and the acting. Kenneth Branagh, as always, really does an amazing job at finding the right tone of the film and he gets the most out of his actors. The film wasn’t beyond any flaws though.
“Thor” featured many grand action sequences, but it also had some action sequences which missed the mark a bit. It wasn’t really because those action sequences were staged badly, it was mainly because in a few of the action sequences, the editing seemed a bit choppy. The worst case of this was when Thor and his friends fought the Frost Giants on Jotunheim. It was actually hard to tell what was going on at times due to the editing.
Also, while the art design was very beautiful for this film, some of the CGI didn’t seem to be on the same level as the CGI in “Iron Man”, “Iron Man 2” and “The Incredible Hulk”. That’s not to say that the CGI was terrible, I just think it could have been a little better.
On the plus side, the film had a few nice little surprises as well. Look out for a cameo appearance by Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton aka Hawkeye (he is the S.H.I.E.L.D. with the bow and arrows). Hawkeye will play a much larger role in “The Avengers”. Also, be sure to stay after the credits for a scene featuring Stellan Skarsgard and Samuel L. Jackson. The scene after the credits will tie into “Captain America: The First Avenger” and “The Avengers”.
Ultimately, the film may have had a few faults but no film is perfect. I would strongly recommend “Thor” to any of my friends and readers. “Thor” is a very entertaining summer film. If you liked “Iron Man”, “Iron Man 2” and/or “The Incredible Hulk”, be sure to check out “Thor”!
OVERALL GRADE: 8/10