Serving as the fourth movie in the MCU (after Iron Man (2008), The Incredible Hulk (2008), and Iron Man 2 (2010)), Thor which was directed by Kenneth Branagh was one of the most anticipated movies of 2011 and it brought a whole new dimension to the MCU.
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The Film Review
The main reason that there was so much buzz around Thor was the end credits scene that was in Iron Man 2. Here we would see Mjölnir for the first time and it had people wondering how did it get to Earth and where the heck is Thor?
The eponymous god himself is played by Chris Hemsworth and this was the role that shot him into superstardom. He does a fantastic job and Thor’s evolution throughout not just this movie, but the whole MCU is one of the best. For this first movie though, we see a more arrogant god in the beginning, not quite ready to be the ruler of Asgard that his father wants him to be.
The rest of the cast is fantastic most notably Tom Hiddleston as Thor’s troublesome half-brother Loki. At first, I thought there was no way that Anthony Hopkins would work as Odin, but he is fantastic. Coming across as a real wise, battle-hardened king who now would rather seek peace than war. Natalie Portman as Jane Foster is also great and does a good job as the love interest.
his is a straight-up origin story kind of movie. Odin more than anything wants Thor to be king, not just any king, but a great and honorable king. Thor though is arrogant and would rather think with his fists than his heart or head. This causes Odin to strip him of his power and send him to Earth where if he wants to hold Mjölnir once again he will have to prove his worth.
What is so great about this movie is that it is just as much a Loki movie as it is about the blond god. Sure, the latter becoming a better man, once again being worthy to hold Mjölnir and kicking some serious butt in the process is good. However, Tom Hiddleston as Loki is truly awesome.
You are never sure if he cares for Thor or if he is just out for himself and this is something the character does throughout all his appearances in the MCU. Speaking of character, I have to go back to Thor and how they handle him trying to fit in with Jane, Dr. Selvig (played by Stellan Skarsgård) and Darcy (Kat Dennings) which is great and a lot of fun to watch.
There is one scene in particular in a dinner that is very amusing and shows that while Asgardians are similar to us, they are also rather different. While not as funny as the 2017 movie, this movie still has some comedic moments.
For the first movie, I think that they managed to get a lot of stuff in here. You have Asgard, The Frost Giants, The Vault, The Destroyer, Lady Sif, The Warriors Three and most of what you would want in this movie. Even with all this, it never feels too stuffed and it moves along at a brisk pace.
Thor is a solid first big screen appearance for the character. It is one of the weaker movies in the MCU, but to be fair that is not a huge negative as this franchise is stacked with epic movies. The action is good, it sets up some things that are going to be pivotal in the MCU and it actually holds up far better than many people give it credit for.