THOR (2011) -- A Movie Review

If you have ever liked comic books and/or had a thing for superheroes, then Thor is a movie that  is tailor-made for you.

Chris Hemsworth did a wonderful job as Thor, son of Odin. You may remember Chris as Captain Kirk’s doomed father George Kirk in Star Trek (2009). Anthony Hopkins plays Odin, who is not a cannibal in any way like he was when he played the role of Dr. Hannibal Lecter in Silence Of The Lambs (1991). For those of you not in the know, Odin and his son Thor live in Asgard, one of the nine worlds in Norse mythology. I won't include any plot spoilers here.

The story is archetypal in that it has all the elements of a classic tale: an evil villain, a wrestling match with one’s conscience, issues of maturity, and good guys versus bad guys, just to mention a few. The special effects are most excellent. It also has its share of funny moments to get the audience laughing. The plot is straightforward, with little clues that you may or may not notice that leave the door open for sequels. The movie plot is actually intertwined with the Iron Man movie franchise. If you have seen Iron Man 2, you may remember that at the end there is a quick shot of Thor’s hammer, so I suspect that further intertwining is inevitable.

All in all, this movie is good clean fun — a great movie to bring your kids to see, as well as to enjoy yourself.


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