Prince of the realm of Asgard, arrogant warrior Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is cast from his home to, of all places, Earth, by Dad Odin (Anthony Hopkins) after wanting one fight too many that could break a tentative peace with age old enemies The Frost Giants.
Overshadowed brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) is loyal but questioning of Thor’s arrogance, but turns evil when his true heritage is revealed and he begins his earth threatening scheme to seize power in Thor’s banishment and dad Odin’s turn for the worse.
‘Thor’ is a great mix of almost Shakespearean drama, comedy, action and love story.
Hopkins’s early ‘casting out’ of son Thor is ‘bellowy’ and classic Hopkin’s who adds, as he always does, real gravitas along with Director Kenneth Brannagh’s obvious flair for the theatrical.
Happily ‘Thor’ doesn’t dwell to long on the weighty as Thor’s early ‘fish out of water’ histrionics provide quick and genuinely funny light relief. Hemsworth as the lead, manages to adeptly balance comedy and a believable hero presence.
Natalie Portman plays the earthly love interest as scientist Jane Foster who helps Thor adjust to life without his ‘godly’ powers.
Action isn’t on the grandest scale but it comes steadily enough and is handled well with all manner of other worldly creatures taking a beating from ‘The God of Thunder’, with ‘Thor’s’ best action scene coming early on with the assault on the chilly home world of the Frost Giants, ‘Jotunheim’.
And just when you think Thor is going to turn all camp, Tom Hiddleston’s Loki provides some genuinely perilous bad guy thrills and some synchronicity to ‘The Avengers’ is provided by the appearance of Agent Coulson and an un-credited fellow S.H.E.I.L.D. member.
‘Thor’ is fantastic and is Marvel’s best of the recent ‘Avengers’ foundation movies, better than ‘Captain America’, and much better than ‘Iron Man 2’; it’s not only a great complimentary piece for ‘The Avengers’ but is a great superhero movie in its own right.
‘Claratsi rating’ 8/10 Recommended
Watched on Sky Movies premiere