The story of Thor proves to be an excellent opportunity for director Kenneth Branagh to apply his grandiose Shakespearean sensibilities. Chris Hemsworth is charming and funny as the title character, banished to Earth after pissing off his heavenly daddy (Anthony Hopkins). Tom Hiddleston is equally good as Loki, Thor’s maladjusted brother. The movie mixes great action with good humor, with Natalie Portman along for the ride as the romantic interest. While Thor got the post-production 3-D treatment, this is an example of that type of 3-D done well. This is easily Branagh’s best film since Hamlet, and a nice setup for next year’s The Avengers. Hemsworth makes for a great superhero, and the story of Thor winds up being far more interesting and fun than I imagined it would be.
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Producer: Kevin Feige, Alan Fine, Stan Lee, David Maisel, Patricia Whitcher and Louis D'Esposito
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Colm Feore, Ray Stevenson, Idris Elba, Kat Dennings, Rene Russo, Clark Gregg, Jaimie Alexander, Tadanobu Asano and Joshua Dallas