Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, Tom Hiddleston, Clark Gregg and Stellan Skarsgard
Directed by: Kenneth Branagh (HAMLET, AS YOU LIKE IT and MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING)
Story: Thor spans the Marvel Universe from present day Earth to the realm of Asgard. At the center of the story is the mighty Thor, a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war. Thor is cast down to Earth by his father Odin and is forced to live among humans. A beautiful, young scientist, Jane Foster, has a profound effect on Thor, as she ultimately becomes his first love. It's while here on Earth that Thor learns what it takes to be a true hero when the most dangerous villain of his world sends the darkest forces of Asgard to invade Earth. (Paramount Pictures, Marvel Studios)
Bottom Line: THOR lifts the basic and requisite Cliff’s Notes™ elements off better movies like SPIDER-MAN 2 (writing), THE DARK KNIGHT (directing) and IRON MAN (casting) and uses exactly what was needed to entertain yet not completely dazzle. It’s an amiable, accessible, mythically-mainstream, action-packed summer blockbuster that’s easy on the eyes, ears and brain. It’s not groundbreaking superhero cinema but sure is lots of fun. THOR doesn’t thuck!