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Issue: Autumn 2011

Thor (2011) movie review

God of Thunder

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Movie poster, Thor
Two worlds. One hero.

It's another comic book hero coming to the big screen. Thor, Norse god of thunder, arrogantly goes into the territory of past enemies and brings conflict back to his people. His father, Odin, king of the gods (Anthony Hopkins), renounces him as crown prince and exiles him to Earth, powerless, but sends after him the mighty hammer to be used by one worthy of it.

On Earth researcher Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) is looking into multi-dimensional phenomena and Thor virtually drops into her lap. Meanwhile the agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. put up a tent city around the hammer where it landed on Earth and where, like Excalibur, it resists being drawn from the ground.

Now we've got Thor (Chris Hemsworth), his envious brother Loki, the god of mischief, from memory (Tom Hiddleston), impending war in the other realms, Thor's friends coming to Earth, Foster racing around trying to get her research back from S.H.I.E.L.D. who seized it, and guess what, there are a lot of writers credited with this script and story.

This movie should come with crib notes. The film-makers are trying to fit a lot of superhero mythology into a situation that presumably is setting up The Avengers movie in contemporary times. It's ordinary and lacks focus. I want a kick-ass hero who makes me care about whether she or he succeeds or fails. This Thor version doesn't do it.

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by Ali Kayn
Australian release 21 April 2011
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Title: Thor (2011)
Written by: Ashley Edward Miller & Zack Stentz & Don Payne(screenplay); J. Michael Straczynski and Mark Protosevich (story); Stan Lee & Larry Lieber & Jack Kirby (comic book)
Directed by: Kenneth Branagh
Running time: 115 min
Rating: M

The Players: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Stellan Skarsgård

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