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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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Kenneth Branagh

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Ashley Miller (screenplay) (as Ashley Edward Miller), Zack Stentz (screenplay) | 6 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Hemsworth ... Thor
Natalie Portman ... Jane Foster
Tom Hiddleston ... Loki
Anthony Hopkins ... Odin
Stellan Skarsgård ... Erik Selvig
Kat Dennings ... Darcy Lewis
Clark Gregg ... Agent Coulson
Colm Feore ... King Laufey
Idris Elba ... Heimdall
Ray Stevenson ... Volstagg
Tadanobu Asano ... Hogun
Josh Dallas ... Fandral
Jaimie Alexander ... Sif
Rene Russo ... Frigga
Adriana Barraza ... Isabela Alvarez
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Storyline

The warrior Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is cast out of the fantastic realm of Asgard by his father Odin (Sir Anthony Hopkins) for his arrogance and sent to Earth to live amongst humans. Falling in love with scientist Jane Foster (Natalie 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.

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Two worlds. One hero. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 May 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Thor, God of Thunder See more »

Filming Locations:

Galisteo, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$65,723,338, 8 May 2011, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$181,030,624, 25 August 2011

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$449,326,618
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

J. Michael Straczynski: (At around thirty-three minutes) A writer who worked on the "Thor" comics, appears as the first person to try to lift Mjölnir. See more »

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(at around 37 mins) In the Healing Room when Loki is shown re-examining his left hand, the edge of his sleeve is brown instead of the green of his attire, as seen immediately after. See more »

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Jane Foster: Wait for it.
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Powerful Family Dynamic and Beautiful Landscape
8 September 2011 | by featheredsunSee all my reviews

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