DIRECTOR: Kenneth Branagh
CAST: Chris Hemsworth,Natalie
Portman,Anthony Hopkins,Tom Hiddleston
Thor belongs to the Marvel series of superheros who together make up the team of Avengers. But dont expect Iron Mans edge or drama youd associate with a director as steeped in Shakespeare as Branagh. This is a straightforward superhero film,with straightforward characters,straightforward villains,straightforward Earthlings unfazed at running into gods at an intersection and a straightforward godly abode creaking under its own weight in gold. Why is it in 3-D? Not even Thors Hammer gets hurled straight at us for a good old-natured scare.
Hemsworth does well as the strapping Thor,the Nordic God of Thunder,proud of his powers,till he disturbs peace between their realm of Asgard and Jogenheim housing the evil Frost kingdom. Thors father Odin (Hopkins) banishes him to Earth. Thence steps up Thors younger brother Loki (Hiddleston),who has oscillated between love for big brother and the throne. With Thor out of the picture,Lokis dark side comes to the fore. Thats how the battle between these two gods comes to Earth,and thats how it encounters Jane (Portman),a scientist who studies storms and runs her observation trailer into Thor. Thats the closest the film comes to a lightning strike. The rest is a pretty mild drizzle.