Thor (2011) – 8/10 Marvel superhero fantasy action movie review

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Cast / crew
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Screenplay Writer: Ashley Edward Miller
Screenplay Writer: Zack Stentz
Screenplay Writer: Don Payne
Story Writer: J. Michael Straczynski
Story Writer: Mark Protosevich
Executive Producer: Stan Lee
Chris Hemsworth: Thor
Natalie Portman: Jane Foster
Tom Hiddleston: Loki
Stellan Skarsgård: Erik Selvig
Clark Gregg: Agent Coulson
Colm Feore: King Laufey
Ray Stevenson: Volstagg
Idris Elba: Heimdall
Jaimie Alexander: Sif
Rene Russo: Frigga
Anthony Hopkins: Odin
Second Unit Director: Vic Armstrong
J. Michael Stracyznski: Townie
Stan Lee: Stan the Man
Supervising Stunt Coordinator: Vic Armstrong

Thor (2011)

Enthusiastically investigating a strange phenomenon, arrogant scientist Jane Foster and her colleagues drive into man in the middle of a sudden windstorm. They wonder where he came from but the answer will completely redefine their world view: he is Thor, Odin’s son, stripped of his powers, separated from his blessed weapon Mjöllnir and exiled to Earth for his arrogance.


Though it provides plenty of action and Asgardian spectacle, Thor’s best moments come when it is being rather more Loki. I’ll wait. This movie about the reality behind the gods of Norse mythology has a surprisingly reasonable dramatic backbone and sense of humanity as a tale of a god learning humility. Kenneth Branagh puts together a movie which is fine during the action but has a more solid than usual base, genuine character development for Thor and some surprisingly memorable visuals, particularly Idris Elba’s Heimdall and Chris Hemsworth’s remarkable physique. Patrick Doyle’s score is very good and critical in adding emotional involvement. All in all, this is Marvel Studios’ best film to date.

This movie contains violence

Classified 12A by BBFC. Persons under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.



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