Going into the cinema, I didn’t really know what to expect. I don’t read the Thor comics, so I can’t tell you how good the movie is compared to the comic but what I can tell you is – the movie just set the new standard for Marvel Comic adaptations. The bar was raised pretty high with Iron Man back in 2008 but Thor kicks it up a notch this year. Hopefully Marvel doesn’t let this standard drop with their upcoming movies.
Thor tells the story of a Norse god, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) who was banished to earth. While back home in Asgard, Thor’s brother, Loki (Tom Hiddleston) has a plan to wipe out the Frost Giants of Jotunheim by destroying their planet. Thor has to find a way back to Asgard and save them.
Director, Kenneth Branagh, known for highly complex and intricate movies like Hamlet and Sleuth does a great job with Thor. It’s not very deep movie but it’s not overly simple either, and the pacing is great, with enough action to keep the summer action blockbuster fans happy.
One thing I enjoyed about the movie is that the big supporting name actors didn’t steal the limelight from the relatively unknown main cast – which shows that Hemsworth and Hiddleston can hold their own up against A-list actors. Natalie Portman and Kat Dennings are there to look pretty as usual – substance wise, not so much but it’s okay because they provide the comic relief.
When you take the story and break it down to its simplest form, Thor is basically the story about a brother trying to outdo his brother in order to earn his father’s attention. But Branagh and the cast wrap the plot with enough layers and action sequences to make it more than just a rehashed story, and do a great job with it. It definitely sets the standard for Marvel movies to come. Oh, and like every Marvel movie – remember to stay for the extra scene after the credits. Thor gets a 7/10.