Thor is the superhero movie from Marvel Studios, the same house that brought you Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk. Unlike those two superheroes, the premise of Thor is based on fantasy rather than science. There are many mythical planets in this film, one of which is where you can find the frost giants, a group of ice-powered monsters that is pivotal to the main plot of the film. Don’t worry if you have no idea what Thor is about, the film makes itself easy to understand for the sake of everyone.
Thor is introduced as someone similar to Tony Stark in Iron Man. He is childish, reckless, arrogant, and thinks he has the right to do anything since he is the son of someone powerful. Chris Hemsworth’s performance as the god of thunder is better than I expected, especially when it came to the more emotional moments. His abs will prove worthy of his shirtless screen time, and he has more than enough fighting scenes to show off some cool kung fu moves.
Natalie Portman, fresh off her Best Actress Oscar win for Black Swan, appears as Thor’s love interest Jane Foster. She’s an astrophysicist who doesn’t really seem all that surprised to see a dude fall out of the sky. The love story between her and Thor feels a bit forced, but it goes back to classic knight-in-shining-armour stories of saving the damsel. Kat Dennings plays the comic relief character, but I didn’t find her jokes all that funny.
Loki, played by Tom Hiddleston, is the most mysterious character in this film, and you will have more fun with him if you don’t already know him from the comics. His relationship with Thor is very engaging, and amounts to some extremely emotional moments. Also very captivating is Loki’s relationship with his father Odin, played brilliantly by Anthony Hopkins. Hopkins fans will certainly get a kick out of this one.
The visual effects of Thor are impressive all around, although certain mythical locations still look fake. There is a character called The Destroyer, whom you can catch a glimpse of in the movie trailer. He’s a gigantic robot that shoots fire from his face, and the CGI used to build him looks really good. Thor also boasts a memorable score by Patrick Doyle which gives this film a tasteful mythical vibe.
If you are a comic book fan, you might geek out in your seat when a certain someone makes his cameo. I won’t spoil anything in this review, but I will just say that his costume is more Ultimate than 616. And of course, be sure to stay after the credits to see that little tease which connects all the Marvel Studio movies together.