Saturday, 17 September 2011


Thor, (Chris Hemsworth) has a problem—an attitude problem—so his father (Antony Hopkins), King of the fantastical realm of Asgard, decides to teach his arrogant, hammer-thumping son a lesson in humility by banishing him to Earth. (Hey, ‘banish’ is a harsh word! It’s not that bad here, is it?) Well the answer to that is, it soon will be, because Loki, God of Mischief, has decided to make Thor’s life even more punishing by sending the forces of evil to Earth. Now, with the help of beautiful scientist Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), Thor must use his god-like powers to defend the planet he’s come to love. Or maybe it’s just the pretty scientist he’s in love with, but that’s okay, we’ll ride on her coat-tails if we have to.

After seeing the trainwreck that was THE GREEN LANTERN, I really wanted to love THOR. Unfortunately I think the movie should have been titled BORE. Apart from the lack of inventive action, the one thing that disappointed me the most was the small-town setting. I can appreciate the effort it takes to build an entire town for a movie, but we've become so accustomed to our superheroes saving the entire planet (or at least New York) that saving a small town seemed very small scale, especially for a climax.

On the plus side, Chris Hemsworth's body is to die for and Tom Hiddleston plays a wonderful villain in Loki. Yes, I'm still very much looking forward to THE AVENGERS. Hopefully Thor will get to do something a bit more Thor-some next time we see him.

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