After his reckless actions reignite an ancient war, the Norse god (Chris Hemsworth) is cast out of Asgard and forced to live among humans on Earth.
" [Kenneth Branagh's] Shakespearean chops add texture in scenes that require the care and feeding of literature's grander themes: pride, paternity and honor. "
" A giant notch up is Hiddleston, who'd make a good Edmund in King Lear: You register the chip on his shoulder rather than the villainy. "
" Branagh's Thoris big enough and bold enough to fit under the Marvel umbrella but infused with sufficient uniqueness to make it work for those weary of generic superhero stories. "
" For those with a taste for the genre, Thor is a worthy addition to the pantheon. "
" Hemsworth, an Aussie actor with a vocal command to match his heaving brawn, doesn't just play the role, he owns it. "
" Nothing against the buff, blond God of Thunder, but Thor just doesn't have a built-in wow factor among the nongeek brigade. "
" The effects are effective. The humor is humorous and just self-referential enough to let you know the film doesn't take itself too seriously. "
" The visuals are breathtaking without it, all swirling cosmic nebulae and mythic cityscapes of the Norse-god capital Asgard. "
" There is pleasure to be plundered from some of the battle scenes, especially when Thor is confronting ice monsters with blood-red eyes, and from the culture clash that resounds when he descends to present-day Earth... "
" Thor is on much safer ground here on Earth. The tone is immediately different: more relaxed; comic, not cosmic. "
" Essentially, when the movie comes down to Earth it's pretty good. But when it spends time across the universe -- and it spends a lot of time across the universe -- it's pure geek fare. Which may thrill geeks but leave others yawning. "
" I approached this new lollapalooza with an open mind that was quickly addled by loads of back story and front story and an ear-splitting avalanche of special effects. "
" If this is a harbinger of the season to come, may heaven and its suburbs help us. "
" It's as if Branagh, fearful that his artsy reputation precedes him, has gone to the opposite extreme and low-balled the material. "
" Let's hope Branagh was well-compensated, at least. To quote his favorite author: No profit grows where is no pleasure taken. "
" Many things within Thor must be accepted at face value, but these very things are what make the whole enterprise feel inconsequential. "
" The ripping outer-space fights are the main attraction, and they're mostly entertaining, though not in a way that will make you feel good about yourself. "
" The story might perhaps be adequate for an animated film for children, with Thor, Odin and the others played by piglets. In the arena of movies about comic book superheroes, it is a desolate vastation. "
" This is eminently missable, though the mosaic design of Asgard, Thor's mythical realm, is pretty cool. "
" Thor seems to have little more on its mind than winning the first weekend and making its money back overseas, which it probably, predictably, will. "
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