DIRECTOR: Kenneth Branagh; CAST: Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman, Stellan Skarsgård…
SUMMARY (from IMDB): The warrior Thor (Hemsworth) is cast out of the fantastic realm of Asgard by his father Odin (Hopkins) for his arrogance and sent to Earth to live among humans. Falling in love with scientist Jane Foster (Portman) teaches Thor much-needed lessons, and his new-found strength comes into play as a villain from his homeland sends dark forces toward Earth.
This film is a sci-fi approach to Nordic mythology. The plot goes as usually: a conceited hero is brought down-to-earth (literally) to earn his position through protecting the innocent and fighting the evil.
The solutions to the problems which occur in the film are easy and predictable. The government officials are clueless and gladly give up their stand as the situation gets dangerous. Despite the fact that fleeing from otherworldly evil is smart, I would expect them to be more persistent.
I think the romance element is redundant. Surely, a female scientist falls for a Nordic god at first sight, who wouldn't? This idea may have seemed to the film-makers like a nice addition, but although it is cute, it is also a little silly.
The acting is solid. The special effects are good, but nothing new. On the whole, the film is enjoyable. I think, there is a sequel on the horizon, which I would not mind at all.
RECOMMENDATION: When you are not in the mood for either comedy or drama, or thriller, this light action movie with elements of all three could be the right thing to watch.