Synopsis: When his father Odin decides he’s too immature to take over as king, Thor is sent to Earth as a mortal until he earns his powers back. Unfortunately, this happens at a time when his younger brother is plotting to take over the throne.
Who’s in it? Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman and Anthony Hopkins.
What I liked about this movie: One of my biggest pet peeves is when a movie is based off of a book (or in this case, comic book) and the writers assume I have actually read the book. Fortunately, that wasn’t the case this time around and I appreciated the fact the movie took the time to explain in a reasonable amount of detail who Thor really is. And, the movie does it in a way that doesn’t slow down the plot.
I also liked the fact there was a good mix of science with the mythology, with Thor being more of an alien with god-like powers and themes that, while farfetched, are theoretically possible.
What I didn’t like about this movie: I honestly wasn’t crazy about Natalie Portman’s character in this movie. I like her as an actress mostly because she has proven she can handle strong female roles and isn’t just another Hollywood pretty face. So I was a bit disappointed when she was pretty much just Thor’s love interest and her character didn’t contribute in any substantial way (other than giving him a ride in her van).
Final Opinion: This movie surprised me. I didn’t think I would enjoy it when I started watching it but, once I started it, I simply could not turn it off.
My Grade: 4 stars out of a possible 5.