Adventure/Action, Rated M, 111 Minutes
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins
Available for indoor screenings only
The god of heavy metal, or was it rock and roll wrestling ‘Thor’ is now immortalized in celluloid thanks to actor/director Kenneth Branagh’s (Sleuth, Frankenstein & Hamlet) entry into the Marvel Universe.
This epic affair opens with cheesy narration, sounding like something from the opening to ‘Monkey’ delivered by Anthony Hopkins as Odin to thankfully explain things and keep the running time down. The arrogant hammer happy Thor destined to become king is cast out of Asgard by his father Odin, and sent to a planet of nasty little people called Earth and forced to grow up… basically… O – and stop his brother killing him and becoming king instead.
Thankfully Thor gets a whole lot funnier on Earth compared to the surreal over the top realm of Asgard that takes itself a little too seriously. It’s possible to see elements of Sam Raimi (involved in early film development) in the humour as Thor talks and acts like a god in a small country town in the middle of nowhere. This is the films saving grace and from this point on you can enjoy the film for what it is – Over the top big dollars on screen, so make sure you have an extra-large box of pop-corn.
Thor is another addition to the Marvel Universe, where we will see the super-hero team ‘The Avengers’ emerge including Iron Man, Hulk, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Captain America and Thor and will be directed by Joss Whedon of Buffy fame, so it might be good… fingers crossed.
If it stinks I would highly recommend the other Avengers – John Steed and Emma Peel.
Review by Andy Marshall – Road Movie Mobile Cinema
Not a film critic but a critical projectionist
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