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Thor (2011)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Fantasy  |  6 May 2011 (USA)
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The powerful but arrogant god Thor is cast out of Asgard to live amongst humans in Midgard (Earth), where he soon becomes one of their finest defenders.



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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. Written by Anonymous

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

6 May 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£5,449,300 (UK) (29 April 2011)


$181,015,141 (USA) (19 August 2011)

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2.35 : 1
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The film makes extensive use of actual Norse mythology (which the "Thor" comic was based on):
  • the war between the Asgardians and the Jotunns was based on the Aesir-Vanir war (the Jotunns were in fact a non-hostile/antagonistic race)

  • Odin's ravens Huginn (thought) and Muninn (memory), who gather information in Midgard and relay it to Odin, are sitting on his throne during Thor's coronation ceremony

  • the symbol seen at the Weapons Vault and on Mjolnir is the triquetra, a religious symbol. Its ancestor is the valknut, a German symbol associated with Odin.

  • the Bifrost, originally thought of as the rainbow by the Norse, is seen as a beam of rainbow light

  • when Odin appears in Jotunheim, he is riding his eight-legged horse Sleipnir

  • a Jotun calls Thor a "little princess" - once Thor's hammer was stolen and he dressed up as a Princess to go back and retrieve it

  • Laufey and Thor describe Loki as mischievous and a talented liar, a homage to Loki's titles as the god of mischief and lies

  • Thor asks for a cat to ride - Thor's mother Frigga has her chariot pulled by two large blue cats, a gift from Thor

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Powerful Family Dynamic and Beautiful Landscape
8 September 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a throw-off piece of Marvel fiction that is packed full of cliché and a point.

I found myself cringing at a lot of the scenes of heroism and there's a definite stink of pure cheetos-stained fanboyism in many of the scenes in general, with the usual over-the-top "glory" of this old four-color trope.

But certain things caught my attention as well-done.

First, Asgard is absolutely beautiful. They went all out in making a realm of metallic and elemental grandeur. I had no trouble in buying this as the realm of Asgard, the ultimate land of beautiful heroism. In particular, the rainbow bridge, the weaponry, and the interior scenes were very fitting in general style and specific detail. Very impressive visually and even thematically.

Second, Branagh's touch can be seen with Shakespearean flair in the family of Odin the AllFather. Odin himself is brimmed with both the rime of age and the wisdom that comes with it and yet his voice can instantly summon fearful authority. Hopkins does well with that balance, even through some cheesy scripting.

And the brothers... the sibling rivalry here is very very potent in that it is nuanced and fully realized by both actors. There is love there, but also a lack of understanding, envy, and hate. Loki is far from a cardboard villain, in that we see, all in one package - a fighter who protects his allies, an honest counselor, a liar, a cautious thinker, a smooth tongue, and an awkward one. He loves and reveres his father, but comes to almost fatally doubt him and even hate him...but it's all very real and very stirring. And even when it's clear that he's done very grim deeds, you can actually understand and accept his motives...and his last scene in the film brings all three of the family men together in a very poignant moment of utter loss.

I was pretty surprised how moving this all was, especially when put in the middle of some otherwise-uninspiring hero pablem.

So in summary, this movie both met my negative expectation of disappointment and surprised me with some purely moving content. See it to see if it surprises you at all as well, and forget the whole comic-book hero thing, since that's been done far better.

Thanks for reading.

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