Review

Thor is the son of Odin and heir to the throne of Asgard – a mythical planet who have a historical relationship with Earth and other realms where they can travel to and from. After being exiled from Asgard, Thor is left powerless on Earth but must defend his new home from the threat of destruction from Asgard’s old enemy – the Ice Giants.

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The mighty Thor left powerless on Earth

Chris Hemsworth plays Thor who is as charming and good looking as he is arrogant. He is also the best warrior in Asgard and the next in line to the throne of Asgard where Odin (Anthony Hopkins) currently reigns. After sparking a potential war against sleeping enemies – the Ice Giants, Thor is exiled from Asgard by Odin and left without the power of his magical Hammer.

Landing on Earth, Thor is helped by scientists Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), Darcy (Kat Dennings) and Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgard). Basically Thor is trying to get back to the spot where his Magical Hammer also crashed on Earth while being helped by the trio of scientists. The love-story blossoms between Thor and Jane Foster (as it did in the original comic books with Marvel staying true to its roots) while Thor’s brother, Loki (Tom Hiddleston) is able to craft a way onto the throne instead of Thor while making a pact with the evil Ice Giants.

For anyone who’s seen the very last scene after the credits of Ironman 2, you will know that S.H.I.E.L.D are aware of Thor’s landing and staying true to the Avengers storyline and tying in nicely between each of the previous (and future) Marvel films, Thor’s story is interwoven with a ton of references to other comic book heroes – some references are subtle whereas some are much more open and in your face. We especially liked the subtle reference to Gamma radiation that went horribly wrong (Incredible Hulk) and the nod to Howard Stark (Iron Man’s dad) for the early research on Thor’s origin.

For fans of the Marvel films or the comic books, Thor is a dream – there’s so much in the film that will please so many. For non-fans, a lot of the references or subtleties will be totally lost but rather than leave them confused, they story is easy enough to follow and doesn’t detract from the enjoyment.

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Loki and Thor – heirs to the throne of Asgard

What we did find a disappointment about Thor was how slow the film seemed to move once we got to the Earth side of things and how little there was in terms of Thor being all-powerful as he’s always been portrayed. Granted it would be a pretty boring film if Thor was exiled and could still do pretty much everything thanks to his Hammer – he’d have smashed his way back to Asgard in no time – but there just felt like something was lacking in places.

There’s the smatterings of humour that we now expect from such films – the moments where Thor is overpowering medical staff in a hospital, claiming he is all powerful – just as a sedative knocks him out, etc. Nothing that will go down in history but helps keep the film light and entertaining in contrast to the darkness of the Ice Giants and Loki’s devious plot. It’s at these parts where Thor becomes a bit like a pantomime with the obvious good against the cliche’d bad in dark caves, bad lighting and growls for voices.

Overall, Thor is enjoyable but not outstanding. Setting the scene nicely for the Avengers collaboration and throwing in a ton of references for the fans (as well as the obligatory cameo from legend Stan Lee), Thor will keep you entertained throughout despite the slow-paced parts.

Keep watching to the very end though – in typical Marvel fashion there’s an extra scene post-credits!!

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