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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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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

(At around one hour and twenty-nine minutes) Thor mentions that he "would have words" with Loki. This is a famous line Thor said in regards to confronting the Avengers' villain Ultron: "Ultron, we would have words with thee." See more »

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(at around 1h 24 mins) When Destroyer fires at Thor during the attack on the town, Thor rolls towards this left in the air to avoid the explosive next to him on the ground. Thor is wearing what appear to be black glasses, possibly to protect the stuntman's eyes from the flash of the explosive next to him. See more »

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Jane Foster: Wait for it.
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Part of the closing credits is shot through the Bifrost, with the camera flying through the celestial realm of Yggdrasil, finally ending at Asgard. At the end, the film title appears with a small lightning strike within it. See more »

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In Nordic subtitles for this film, the name of Laufey has been changed to Leifur, since In Norse mythology (and thus, Nordic languages), the name Laufey is feminine and is the name of Loki's mother. See more »

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A very pleasant surprise
1 May 2011 | by ArgemalucoSee all my reviews

The idea of a "classic" director like Kenneth Branagh making a superhero film might initially sound strange, but in the case of Thor that ended up being very appropriate, because the comic always used Shakespearean drama and archaic language to tell the story of the God of Thunder, the political/family conflicts in the Asgard kingdom and its interaction with the universe of Marvel Comics. And Branagh's competent direction, the excellent performances and the solid screenplay make Thor to be a very entertaining movie.

I honestly had always preferred the character of Thor in small doses or as part of an ensemble, like he was on the beginnings of the comic The Avengers and in its modern reinterpretation The Ultimates. So, I did not have big expectations on a movie exclusively focused in that character; however, Chris Hemsworth brings a brilliant performance in that role, because he could perfectly combine the pompous and operatic "classic" Thor with the dynamic and unstable modern Thor. I do not know how the purist fans of the Kirby/Lee era will take that mash-up, but I think it was a very good decision, specially because Thor does not only work as an origin of that superhero, but also as an efficient preamble of the highly anticipated film The Avengers, which will be an unification point of Marvel's film universe.

For example, we also have the character of Agent Coulson conducting scientific investigations from S.H.I.E.L.D. with his accustomed astuteness and efficiency; we also have a cameo of one of my favorite Avengers (even though without his traditional uniform); and a post-credits scene where a few concepts we are surely going to see in that future movie are established. But well...it would not be fair to only consider Thor as an extra-large trailer of The Avengers. As I previously said, it is a very entertaining movie with various positive elements, like Branagh's efficient direction, which drives the movie at a perfect rhythm. As for the cast, besides of the previously mentioned Hemsworth, I think that the rest of the actors is also worthy of applause, starting by Natalie Portman, who can perfectly express her character's emotions. I also liked the work from Stellan Skarsgård; his participation is relatively short and it would seem irrelevant if it was not for the dramatic weight this actor brings to the character with his mere presence. And Kat Dennings is quite funny and credible as the comic relief.

As for the screenplay, it is very well written; the only thing I would say against it is that it makes a few "traps" which feel a bit forced. As for the action scenes, I found them to be well filmed, with the exception of a few excessive close-ups which made them occasionally confusing; I think that is the only thing I can say against Branagh's direction.

In conclusion, I took a very pleasant surprise with Thor, and I can recommend it as a very good re-invention of a difficult to handle superhero. It might not be a great film, but it definitely made me have a good time.


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