About the Post

Author Information

I'm not a film critic, but I'll tell you what I think about the movies I watch. I enjoy understanding the history behind the movies we watch, as well as the collaborative effort necessary to produce movies.

Thor


Thor (2011)

Directed by Kenneth Branagh

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Kat Dennings

This movie is inspired by the Marvel comic book character Thor. Thor was first featured in the comic book series Journey Into Mystery #83 in August of 1962. Almost 50 years later Kenneth Branagh took the director’s chair for the film version of the story. The film stars Chris Hemsworth as the title character. Hemsworth is set to star in the remake of the 80’s classic Red Dawn  set for release in 2012. Academy Award winners Anthony Hopkins and Natalie Portman are also featured in this star-studded film. Tom Hiddleston had a big 2011 with this film and roles in Midnight in Paris and War Horse. Stellan Skarsgård (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and Kat Dennings (2 Broke Girls) round out this amazing cast.

Thor is one of two sons of the powerful king Odin who rules over the realm of Asgard. When Thor’s arrogance gets him banished from Asgard he is cast into the human world and stripped of his powers. His arrival is noticed by a young meteorologist (Portman), her assistant (Dennings), and her professor (Skarsgård). His arrival is also noticed by the government who’ve also located his powerful Hammer. As they seek to understand the hammer, Thor seeks to reclaim it. It will take more than strength to regain his power as Thor becomes one of earth’s greatest defenders.

This is another great movie in the Marvel family of films that leads to The Avengers. Like all of the films in the series this is a visual treat with a good story attached. The visual effects are great throughout the movie. The acting is also good. It’s a definite departure for Portman who had recently won her Oscar for Black Swan. Hopkins is as royal as an actor could be and Odin is the perfect fit for him. The rest of the cast is all good and make the story feel as good as most of the other Marvel films.

One thing this film lacks is a definitive conclusion. Like some of the other movies in the series its left open to help prepare for the next movie in the series.

I would definitely suggest this movie for anyone who likes the comic book genre. It’s got action and adventure, but it’s a movie the whole family can enjoy. I give this movie 3.8 out of 5 stars. It’s going to be one more great lead into The Avengers.

Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 115 minutes

 

Advertisements

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

14 Comments on “Thor”

  1. trixfred30 January 18, 2012 at 3:17 PM #

    Loved it. And the kids did too!

    Like

Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. Kill the Irishman | Did You See That One? - January 22, 2012

    […] including a long-running part in the HBO series Rome. He was also part of the recent hit movie Thor where he played the role of […]

    Like

  2. The Avengers | Did You See That One? - May 10, 2012

    […] a few superhero friends. This movie includes an all-star cast of heroes from movies like Iron Man, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, and Captain America. In addition to these films, we’re also introduced […]

    Like

  3. The Cabin in the Woods | Did You See That One? - August 6, 2013

    […] for this type of story. This includes Kristen Connolly (Revolutionary Road), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Anna Hutchison (Spartacus: War of the Damned), Fran Kranz (Training Day), and Jesse Williams […]

    Like

  4. Amistad | Did You See That One? - August 18, 2013

    […] acting throughout the film is good. Hopkins (Thor), Hounsou (Gladiator), and Freeman (Million Dollar Baby) all do some great work. Hounsou is […]

    Like

  5. Coming Soon: Fall and Winter of 2013 – Part II | Did You See That One? - October 12, 2013

    […] liked Thor, I really liked it, but I didn’t love it. Thanks to the success of The Avengers, I think this […]

    Like

  6. Thor: The Dark World | Did You See That One? - November 8, 2013

    […] The film follows the events from The Avengers, and serves as a nice sequel to 2011′s Thor. Despite the events between Thor and this film, the transition works nicely since those events are […]

    Like

  7. Guardians of the Galaxy | Did You See That One? - August 14, 2014

    […] comic books developed by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning. The screenplay was written by Nicole Perlman (Thor) and the film’s director James Gunn (Dawn of the Dead (2004)). The cast features a huge list […]

    Like

  8. The Silence of the Lambs | Did You See That One? - October 8, 2014

    […] The cast features a great cast led by Jodie Foster (Inside Man) and Anthony Hopkins (Thor). Each of these talented actors won Leading Acting Oscars for their roles in this one. The cast […]

    Like

  9. Cinderella | Did You See That One? - March 25, 2015

    […] Chris Weitz (About a Boy) took on the story and put together a new screenplay. Kenneth Branagh (Thor) was signed on to direct. This one stars Lily James (Broken), Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine), […]

    Like

  10. Léon: The Professional | Did You See That One? - May 24, 2015

    […] features Jean Reno (Mission: Impossible) and Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight Rises). Natalie Portman (Thor) made her feature film debut in this one as […]

    Like

  11. King of Devil’s Island | Did You See That One? - June 8, 2015

    […] Son). Marius Holst (Mirush) directed the film. The cast features the talented Stellan Skarsgård (Thor) alongside Benjamin Helstad (Permafrost), Trond Nilssen (Sons of Norway), and Kristoffer Joner (The […]

    Like

  12. Ant-Man | Did You See That One? - July 25, 2015

    […] of Marvel films, based on the Ant-Man comic books created by Stan Lee (Iron Man 3), Larry Lieber (Thor), and Jack Kirby (Avengers: Age of Ultron). The screenplay was written by a unique team that […]

    Like

  13. Zootopia | Did You See That One? - March 10, 2016

    […] in this one include Ginnifer Goodwin (Walk the Line), Jason Bateman (Horrible Bosses), Idris Elba (Thor), and J.K. Simmons […]

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s