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Fantasy - Superheroes, Thor

Thor (2011)


Duration 1h 55m Rating (UK) 12A
Source of story The characters from the Marvel comics
Writers/Script Ashley Miller, Zack Stentz, Don Payne (with story by J. Michael Straczynski, Mark Protosevich and characters by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, Jack Kirby)
Additional Info As usual with Marvel stuff the IMDb trivia is endless, but my favourite item might be that there were protests at Idris Elba being given the role of a “white” Norse god.
Director Kenneth Branagh
Starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Stellan Skarsgård, Clark Gregg, Idris Elba, Rene Russo
Elevator Pitch When  Thor leads a group of warriors against Asgard’s traditional foe the Ice Giants without authority, his father, Odin, sends him to earth stripped of his powers, where he is adopted by a group of astrophysicists working in the desert. Meanwhile his hammer, also sent to earth, is causing mayhem amongst the scientific and espionage communities.  Back in Asgard Odin is unconscious and Thor’s evil brother Loki has taken over and is plotting his downfall.
Content The warriors fight the Ice Giants and have problems amongst the shining towers of Asgard. Down on earth Thor is unfamiliar with the minutiae of human existence but is attracted to one of the female geophysicists.  Thor is faced with the military as he tries to get the hammer back, and Loki mobilises an unstoppable robot to take him on. Just a bit of drinking and finally a bit of a snog.
A View Despite the positive critical response, I thought that the time in Asgard, with everybody speaking in sonorous tones, was excessive and even though the city glitters, of limited interest. On the other hand the superhero’s time on earth was fun, and his relationship with the female scientist well done. But whatever I say, or for that matter what anyone else says, if you are a Marvel fan you will have seen it, or be determined to see it.

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