Our first introduction to the Hammer and the superhero who wields the powerful weapon was not a bad deal.
We watched Thor a short while ago and while we certainly didn’t leave the theater in a giddy euphoria, we didn’t feel shortchanged either.
Superhero movies often come with an extra dimension, the extraterrestrial dimension, and Thor doesn’t stray from the formula.
Our eponymous 12-pack blonde hero (Chris Hemsworth) hailing from the distant realm Asgard is banished to Earth and stripped of his Hammer-lifting and Hammer-hurling powers by his father, the King Odin (Anthony Hopkins), as punishment for his reckless attack on the Frost Giants, those ice-covered monsters.
Never mind that the seeds of a conspiracy are being hatched at the same time by Thor’s jealous younger brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston).
Asgard Meets Earth
The presumptive heir’s landing path on Earth is on the same course as a van bearing young astrophysicist researcher Jane (Natalie Portman) in New Mexico.
Before long our 12-pack Asgard immigrant is developing a fondness for coffee and other Earthly delights including Black Swan oops Jane.
To keep things moving, Thor director Kenneth Branagh and his team of writers get a secretive government agency on the researchers’ trail confiscating all their papers and computers and get the Hammer to conveniently fall nearby. But not all of the 12-pack hero’s tugs and pulls can move the Hammer even an inch.
Back home at Asgard Loki has declared himself King after Odin collapses. Soon, we are witness to Loki’s emissary, a gigantic metallic hulk, striding across the New Mexico town of Puente Antiguo emitting fire and destroying everything in its path.
As the hulking metal monster marches toward him, Thor now shows his true mettle.
Just when it seems like the metallic beast has killed Thor, he recovers his powers, the Hammer is back in his hand and all’s soon well in all the realms.
Go for It
Thor is very appealing visually, even in the 2D version that we watched (the 3D version hasn’t found much favor with some critics).
The action scenes are compelling, be it the fights with Frost Giants, the ones on Earth or the last fratricidal battle on the bridge between Thor and Lokie.
With his stunning physique and solid looks, Australian actor Chris Hemsworth is well suited for the role of Thor.
We didn’t expect to see any extraordinary acting sparks to fly from either him or Natalie Portman and we didn’t. But they were alright.
The story won’t get you wet between the legs but all in all Thor is not a bad deal.
This weekend when none of the Bollywood, Kollywood and Tollywood movies in the U.S. seem in the least appealing, Thor is a safe bet.