Sadly, Saturday I did not see the Asylum’s, low-budget mockbuster Almighty Thor, though it sits comfortably on my DVR for a later date. I did however see the big budget, comic book adaptation Thor which opened on Friday. Coming into the theater with low expections, I must say that I was pleasantly surprised.
Thor is entertaining in a similar vein to 2008′s Iron Man, with a focus on character development/growth and a healthy dose of comic relief. In this case, it’s the Thor’s (newcomer Chris Hemsworth, who will be a star) journey from vain, hammer-happy warrior to compassionate, lovable god of thunder. Natalie Portman is great as Thor’s love interest on Earth, when he’s cast out of Asgard for disobeying “all-father Odin” (Anthony Hopkins, phoning it in).
There we get a lot of fish-out-of-water comedy with Thor adapting to the Earthly realm. Highlight: Thor bursting into a pet store crying that he needs a horse. You’ll laugh at the funny jokes, you’ll chuckle at the actors in the silly “god” costumes and sets, and the action is well paced by director Kenneth Brannagh.
Not a great movie, but an unexpectedly enjoyable Summer venture. Mild recommendation!
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