Thor is the story of the fabled God of Lightning (Chris Hemsworth), son of King Odin (Anthony Hopkins), and his coming of age. Arrogant and foolish, Thor defies his father and starts a war with the Frost Giants. Outraged, Odin exiles Thor to Earth and robs him of his powers.
Thor must prove himself worthy, and then his power now trapped in his hammer and stuck like the sword Excalibur in rock on Earth will be returned to him.
It’s not a unique plot, but I have to be honest, anything that can make a story about Space Vikings cool is pretty clever.
Thor meets scientist Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) on Earth when she accidentally runs over him. It’s a typical fish out of water romance story from here, nothing new and to be honest the chemistry just isn’t there.
Somewhere in this mix a government agency called S.H.I.E.L.D. pops up after finding Thor’s hammer. You may remember these guys from Ironman, and they’re a little bit of a sideshow in this film crowding an already crowded plot.
If you’re not a comic book fan, or haven’t been staying until the end of the credits of each Marvel superhero movie, you won’t know that there is this big film coming called Avenger’s. You can’t help but feel that Thor is just a way to weave the character into the story of that future movie and not much else.
That aside, Hemsworth is surprising good as Thor and his performance adds a bit of fire to an otherwise modestly performed film. But despite all this, there is a Shakespearean weight to events and it’s all very exciting and very fun.
I was surprised how much I enjoyed this movie; just leave your brain at the door.