Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Synopsis: Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is the god of thunder, and heir to the throne of Asgard, home to many gods. After a boneheaded decision that results in the beginning of a war, Thor is banished from Asgard and sent to Earth by his father Odin (Anthony Hopkins). While on Earth, Thor is discovered by Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) and her associates and they work to help him find his most powerful weapon, the hammer Mjolnir. Back on Asgard, Thor’s brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) learns more about his origins and plots to steal the throne from Thor and Odin.
Review: In this film, there is very little good and quite a bit of bad. It just isn’t very entertaining at all, it isn’t terribly funny or clever, and the pacing is incredibly slow. There are a lot of parts of the movie that simply feel pointless. The scenes on Asgard are actually pretty interesting, as it is a place that Thor described it to be: a place where science and magic are one and the same, but the problem is that the majority of the movie is spent on Earth, where the scenes are slow and uninteresting. On the positive side, the acting is pretty good throughout, and the core of the film is a solid story about an arrogant young man struggling to become a king of wisdom, worthy of guiding his people.
Favorite Scene: While Thor is trapped in New Mexico, he tracks down Mjolnir and finds out that S.H.I.E.L.D. has also tracked it down and is trying to figure out the way it works. Thor storms the facility and handily takes care of all the security in an entertaining display of hand to hand combat, ultimately to be unable to lift Mjolnir, proving himself to be unworthy.
Recommendation: I do not recommend this movie very highly at all. It’s easily one of the worst out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and there isn’t much entertainment to be found in the story that should be much more entertaining. I would only really recommend watching it if there’s no better options or if you’re watching every Marvel movie.
Written By Brandon Gayle