Movie: Thor

Director: Kenneth Branagh

Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman, Stellan Skarsgard, Tom Hiddleston

Jagran Rating:   (Good)

Story line: Based on Marvel comic book's character by the same name, ‘Thor’ is undoubtedly entertaining .The tale of the God of Thunder is an adventurous journey solely made to entertain its audiences, mostly teenagers.

Directed by Kenneth Branagh, the epic adventure spans from present day earth to the mystical empire of ‘Asgard’. Thor centers on a Godlike hero (Chris Hemsworth) who comes crashing down to earth after an argument with his father, Odin (Anthony Hopkins).

Odin has been trying to raise his two sons, Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and Thor, to be just, wise and noble kings.  On the eve when Thor was slated to take the throne, something terrible happens.

Odin’s oldest enemies, the Frost Giants, have attacked Odin’s land in the hope of taking back their casket of icy cold power which is under Odin’s custody.

The whole ceremony is suspended. Odin orders Thor, a fearless warrior, to punish the ‘icy giants’ but surprisingly he becomes humble and soft when he comes face to face with these giants.

As Thor disobeys his father’s order he is banished to earth to live among mortals, as one of them, without the source of his power, the leather-strapped hammer called ‘Mjolnir’. Mexico based scientists Jane and Erik (Portman and Skarsgard) find him. He adjusts to Mexico life with the help of Jane and Erik.

The only way Thor can regain his power is to become worthy as a human being and only after that the big man can reunite with his big tool.

Thumbs Up: Kenneth Branagh's direction is exactly what ‘Thor’ needs.
Thor works as homage to the comic book franchise, but it also works as an emotional drama about a father, his two sons, and the rivalry between them to secure their father’s love and approval.

Natalie Portman brings some extra femme oomph in this movie. Title star Chris Hemsworth is handsome and rugged. Kudos goes to Chris for his marvelous acting as Thor.
Thor offers everything a good movie needs, a compelling story, a cultural mythos, heroism and in this case, a unique language.

Thumbs down: One of the few weaknesses of the film is the skipping back and forth between earth and Asgard. At times, some sequences become unwatchable not because they are bad, but because there is so much to see that your eyes begin to short-circuit.

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