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Thor (2011)

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"Two worlds. One hero."

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Details: 115 mins · English · PG-13 (USA)

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Thundering into the Marvel filmverse comes Thor, the Norse god of thunder, to save the day in not one, not two, but THREE different worlds. A sort of coming-of-age tale with the bar set Asgardianly high, the film follows Thor's (Christopher Hemsworth) development from a naïve, brash, young warrior to a noble deity who respects the value of all life, eventually making the ultimate sacrifice to protect it.

The crown jewel of 'Thor' is Tom Hiddleston's performance as Loki, half-brother to Thor and son of the treacherous Laufey, king of the frost giants. Given his particular background and upbringing (raised by Odin after he conquered the frost giant's land Jotunheim), one can't help but sympathize with him despite his villainous shenanigans. All he wants is to feel like he belongs, is that so much to ask? Apparently so for Thor, who thwarts Loki's attempt to destroy Jotunheim and Thor's friends. Sympathizing with the villain is always a tricky film trope to pull off, but director Kennet...(more)

Thundering into the Marvel filmverse comes Thor, the Norse god of thunder, to save the day in not one, not two, but THREE different worlds. A sort of coming-of-age tale with the bar set Asgardianly high, the film follows Thor's (Christopher Hemsworth) development from a naïve, brash, young warrior to a noble deity who respects the value of all life, eventually making the ultimate sacrifice to protect it.

The crown jewel of 'Thor' is Tom Hiddleston's performance as Loki, half-brother to Thor and son of the treacherous Laufey, king of the frost giants. Given his particular background and upbringing (raised by Odin after he conquered the frost giant's land Jotunheim), one can't help but sympathize with him despite his villainous shenanigans. All he wants is to feel like he belongs, is that so much to ask? Apparently so for Thor, who thwarts Loki's attempt to destroy Jotunheim and Thor's friends. Sympathizing with the villain is always a tricky film trope to pull off, but director Kenneth Branaugh did an excellent job making sure we didn't despise or adore Loki too much or too little, but just enough to see where he's coming from.

Thor and Loki aside, the supporting cast was equal parts epic and disappointing. Two figures that stood out for me were Heimdall (guardian of the Bifrost Bridge) and Odin (who needs no introduction). Heimdall's character, made infamous by certain conservative groups, is played by African-American actor Idris Elba. It may seem counterintuitive to cast a black man as a Norse (read: white) god, but this was definitely a good casting choice. Elba shows Heimdall's grim countenance to a T, delivering some of the film's best quotable lines, including my favorite:

Thor: “I have no plans to die today!”
Heimdall: “None do.”

Odin, played by the venerable Anthony Hopkins, was given a disappointing amount of lines for how great of an actor he is. However, it is for that reason that he figuratively drops the mic after every line delivery. It reminds me somewhat of the guy who played Winston Churchill in Tarantino's 'Inglourious Basterds'; they put so much work and research into their roles for a scant few lines. It's that kind of dedication that keeps me respecting Hopkins.

As for the Lady Sif and the Warriors Three, I felt that they were under-represented. The casting of Fandral the Dashing, Hogun the Grim, and Volstagg the Valiant also fell under some scrutiny, as Hogun is played by Tadanobu Asano, but once again the directorial choice despite ethnicity worked well with the film. Action sequences were action-y, lines are delivered with skill and timing, and the visual effects are stunning, especially the establishing shots of Asgard and Jotunheim.

Overall, 'Thor' is cast well, written well, and stays faithful enough to the original Marvel comics/Norse mythology canon that any oversights or shortcomings are easily forgiven. After all, it's hard notice mistakes when you're so captivated. (less)

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Now I know what the Nordic gods would have been like if they had been 'invented' in the US ;) Good action movie and rather surprising ending. Still the weakest of the Marvel movies though. IMHO anyway ;)

Rewatch in 2018: I'm really not a fan of the first Thor movie. It has its moments, but as a whole I think it's the weakest of the lot.

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Excellent

One of the best superhero movies. The humor in this movie is excellent as the old God Thor comes to our world, great action as well

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Cast:

Small Thor
Small Jane Foster
Small Loki
Small Odin
Small Sif
Small Darcy Lewis
Small Frigga
Small Heimdall
Small Erik Selvig
Small Hogun
Small Volstagg
Small Agent Coulson
Small Fandral
Small King Laufey
No_movie_poster Agent Phil Coulson
Small Nick Fury
Small Hawkeye
No_movie_poster Fandral
Small Ymir
Small Professor Andrews
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Crew:

Small Stan Lee Executive Producer
No_movie_poster Patricia Whitcher Executive Producer
No_movie_poster Patrick Doyle Original Music Composer
No_movie_poster Paul Rubell Editor
Small Kevin Feige Producer
Small Kenneth Branagh Director
No_movie_poster Don Payne Screenplay
No_movie_poster Haris Zambarloukos Director of Photography
No_movie_poster Louis D'Esposito Executive Producer
No_movie_poster Ashley Miller Screenplay
No_movie_poster Zack Stentz Screenplay
No_movie_poster David Maisel Executive Producer
No_movie_poster Ashley Edward Miller Other
Small Jack Kirby Story Contributor
No_movie_poster J. Michael Straczynski Story Contributor
No_movie_poster Mark Protosevich Story Contributor
No_movie_poster Larry Lieber Story Contributor
Small Stan Lee Story Contributor
No_movie_poster Paul Rubell Editing

Taglines:

"Two worlds. One hero."

"Courage is immortal"

"The God of Thunder"

Plot:

In 965 AD, Odin, king of Asgard, wages war against the Frost Giants of Jotunheim and their leader Laufey, to prevent them from conquering the nine realms, starting with Earth. The Asgardian warriors defeat the Frost Giants and seize the source of their power, the Casket of Ancient Winters.


In the present, Odin's son Thor prepares to ascend to the throne of Asgard, but is interrupted when Frost Giants attempt to retrieve the Casket. Against Odin's order, Thor travels to Jotunheim to confront Laufey, accompanied by his brother Loki, childhood friend Sif and the Warriors Three: Volstagg, Fandral and Hogun. A battle ensues until Odin intervenes to save the Asgardians, destroying the fragile truce between the two races. For Thor's arrogance, Odin strips his son of his godly power and exiles him to Earth as a mortal, accompanied by his hammer Mjolnir, now protected by an enchantment that allows only the worthy to wield it.


Thor lands in New Mexico, where astrophysicist Jane Foster, her assistant Darcy Lewis and mentor Dr. Erik Selvig, find him. The local populace finds Mjolnir, which S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Phil Coulson soon commandeers before forcibly acquiring Jane's data about the wormhole that delivered Thor to Earth. Thor, having discovered Mjolnir's nearby location, seeks to retrieve it from the facility that S.H.I.E.L.D. quickly constructed but he finds himself unable to lift it, and is captured. With Selvig's help, he is freed and resigns himself to exile on Earth as he develops a romance with Jane.


Loki discovers that he is actually Laufey's son, adopted by Odin after the war ended. A weary Odin falls into the deep "Odinsleep" to recover his strength. Loki seizes the throne in Odin's stead and offers Laufey the chance to kill Odin and retrieve the Casket. Sif and the Warriors Three, unhappy with Loki's rule, attempt to return Thor from exile, convincing Heimdall, gatekeeper of the Bifröst—the means of traveling between worlds—to allow them passage to Earth. Aware of their plan, Loki sends the Destroyer, a seemingly indestructible automaton, to pursue them and kill Thor. The warriors find Thor, but the Destroyer attacks and defeats them, prompting Thor to offer himself instead. Struck by the Destroyer and near death, Thor's sacrifice proves him worthy to wield Mjolnir. The hammer returns to him, restoring his powers and enabling him to defeat the Destroyer. Kissing Jane goodbye and vowing to return, he and his fellow Asgardians leave to confront Loki.


In Asgard, Loki betrays and kills Laufey, revealing his true plan to use Laufey's attempt on Odin's life as an excuse to destroy Jotunheim with the Bifröst Bridge, thus proving himself worthy to his adoptive father. Thor arrives and fights Loki before destroying the Bifröst Bridge to stop Loki's plan, stranding himself in Asgard. Odin awakens and prevents the brothers from falling into the abyss created in the wake of the bridge's destruction, but Loki allows himself to fall when Odin rejects his pleas for approval. Thor makes amends with Odin, admitting he is not ready to be king; while on Earth, Jane and her team search for a way to open a portal to Asgard.


In a post-credits scene, Selvig has been taken to a S.H.I.E.L.D. facility, where Nick Fury opens a briefcase and asks him to study a mysterious object, which Fury says may hold untold power. An invisible Loki prompts Selvig to agree, and he does.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 2011-05-06 : United States of America

Theatrical : 2011-05-02 : United States of America

DVD : 2011-09-13