Having only two more weeks left to go before the May 4th release of The Avengers, we have Thor; The fourth movie to be released in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Thor is a breathtaking motion picture that is a wild ride filled with fantastical special effects and deep mythology, huge action scenes that explode off the screen, as well as great performances from Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Stellan Skarsgard, and Idris Elba.
After being banished from his land of Asgard by the king, his father, Odin; Thor is sent to earth where he must prove himself worthy of possessing his powers. Meanwhile jealousy and confusion rages inside Thor's brother, Loki, who plots his revenge to kill his father and take throne to rule Asgard as king.
After three previous films released from Marvel Studios which are leading up to this summers The Avengers, they took a risk and gave the Mighty Avenger, God of Thunder, Thor a feature adaptation with our very own Gilderoy Lockhart Harry Potter actor, Kenneth Branagh as the films director. I would have never of known that Branagh was the director until I saw the films credit near the end of the movie.
Chris Hemsworth, plays the lead title role of Thor. Now you see, Thor is that war hungry, battle savage God who doesn't quite act appropriately. And Hemsworth does that spot on. He's big and buff, acts kinda stupid, because let's face it, Thor is sent to earth, a place he has no idea of what it's like and at times he is a little thick headed. But that makes it funny! The movie is a fun thrilling good time. and Chris Hemsworth contributes to that. Of course their's always the slightly annoying, kinda cute and innocent but somewhat funny with her quirkiness makes the movie lighthearted at times. Natalie Portman is always top notch. She makes a perfect Jane Foster. Her lovely smile, beautiful eyes, and touching voice (okay, getting distracted here) anyways, back on track my point is Portman is wonderful in Thor. Beside the plot going on at earth, what's happening up there in Asgard? A lot of heated drama and royalty issues. That's what.
The neat thing is unlike Green Lantern (I curse the name of Odin for bringing up that crap-fest in this review) is that Thor is able to balance out both of the stories happening on earth and in Asgard. Whereas in my best Comic Book Guy impersonation the 'Worst. Comic. Book. Movie. Ever.' was all over the place in it's story-telling. With the emotional human drama that takes place in Asgard, this is where Tom Hiddleston shines his mischievous light on our audience here. As Loki, he is the ever so sketchy up to no good brother. The God of Mischief as he is referred to as, does in fact manipulate Thor into the actions that Thor commits. It's all part of Loki's plan to take over as king of Asgard; and Hiddleston proves he is worthy of a stay. So worthy that he is reprising his role as Loki being the main villain in The Avengers. Something I'm looking forward to seeing the most. Anthony Hopkins and Idris Elba are also both talented actors in this film that make it highly entertaining to watch as well. So does Stellan Skarsgard who i hope returns as Dr. Selvig in The Avengers.
Thor gets an A+ in the action department, from the opening Bifrost fight between the Frost Giants, Thor with Sif and the Warriors Three to the final climatic battle taking place in a rural New Mexico street with The Destroyer and a final, final climatic battle featuring Thor and Loki taking stage and having an epic showdown on the Rainbow Bridge. It's all spectacular from beginning to end filled with stunning action scenes and amazing CGI. If their's one thing I have to say about how I rank every MCU film, I prefer Thor as the better movie over Iron Man 2. I don't know why but every time I watch Thor, I always find something new that makes me love it even more.
With Marvel's fourth film that continues the story that is The Road to The Avengers, Thor is a mighty huge entertaining action movie that really brings the thunder to the table with it's outstanding action and great performances with an awesome story. To put it this way, sit down, relax, grab a bag of popcorn and watch Thor; So get ready to stop because it's "Hammer Time!"
How does Thor fit into The Avengers?:
It continues on Agent Coulson's story line from Iron Man 2, also their's a special cameo from Jeremy Renner who plays Hawkeye. Plus, Dr. Selvig mentions something about a "scientist who studied gamma radiation" (Bruce Banner/The Incredible Hulk) and when The Destroyer arrives Coulson asks "is that one of Starks?" (which is one of my favorite line from the movie). After the end credits their's a special scene showing Dr. Selvig meeting up with Nick Fury, Director of SHIELD who shows shows him the tesseract or "Cosmic Cube" in which under mind control from Loki ask to "have a closer look"....