THOR is another entertaining and fun addition to the MARVEL film universe

As the official movie to kickoff the summer movie season, Thor sets the bar high for any and all superhero movies to come out this year.

When Thor (Chris Hemsworth), the powerful and arrogant Norse god, reignites an ancient war with the Frost Giants, Thor is cast out of Asgard by his father Odin (Oscar-winner Anthony Hopkins) and banished to live on Earth. When he lands on Earth in New Mexico, Thor befriends the beautiful and young astrophysicist Jane Foster (Oscar-winner Natalie Portman) and her colleagues Dr. Selvig (Stellan Skarsgard) and Darcy (Kat Dennings). With their help, Thor must learn the error of his ways and learn what it takes to be a true hero. Meanwhile, Thor’s mischievous brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) plots to kill his father in order to become the king of Asgard.

Sometime when you go watch a comic book/superhero movie, you do not anticipate the acting to one of the best things about a movie like that. However in Thor, the acting is surprisingly good. Everyone in the cast does a great job in reincarnating these Marvel characters on the silver screen, but it is Tom Hiddleston and Chris Hemsworth who deliver stand-out performances in the film.  

Loki is not your typical one-dimensional Marvel villain who wants to just rule the world. Hiddleston goes through a transformation in the film where Loki goes from being Thor’s loyal brother to the point of wanting to wipe out his family, but there are logistic reasons why Loki has so much animosity towards Odin and Thor. Hemsworth delivers a star-making turn as Thor just like how Hugh Jackman became a star and Robert Downey Jr. got back on top thanks to their turn as Wolverine and Iron Man. As Thor goes through a transformation of his own, Hemsworth makes its believable when his character goes from being a bratty heir to the throne to the lovable character who kicks some ass when the time comes for it.   

Kenneth Branagh (Henry V, Hamlet) may be a peculiar choice as the director of Thor, but he uses his Shakespearean background to make the Asgard sequences carry the same kind of dramatic weight and tragedy most of Shakespeare’s play are known for. He uses this recognizable Shakespearean formula to develop character building and dramatic moments that are as exciting as the action sequences, which feature fights with blue giants and laser-shooting giant robots.

The script by Ashley Miller, Zack Stentz and Don Payne is not only exciting and dramatic, but it allows each character to fully develop by the time the end credits roll. With the passing references of Bruce Banner and Tony Stark, S.H.I.E.L.D playing an important part of the story and Jeremy Renner making a cameo as Hawkeye, Thor is another film that will give audiences a bit of a taste of what is to come in the upcoming Avengers film. There is even a bonus scene after the end credits that will hint at the possible plot for The Avengers.

Thor is an entertaining and fun movie that audiences look forward to in a summer blockbuster that not only delivers on in its action scenes, but in some of its dramatic scenes as well.  

Thor: 5 stars out of 5

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