Right, so Thor. First of all, I love that Kenneth Branagh directed it. Second, I liked Chris Hemsworth, whom I've never seen before. He made for a strong lead actor. I still kept thinking about how cute Thor's questionable brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) was, though. I mean, come on, isn't he? And Anthony Hopkins...I could watch him in almost anything. Oh, and it was nice to see Kat Dennings in something else, even if she does tend to play herself. It's been awhile since I've seen her, and that was in Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, which I didn't like. I'll talk bout Natalie Portman in a minute.
Thor is filled with great visuals and more-or-less good characters. The storyline was okay, but I liked the movie best when it wasn't on earth with us earthlings. Although when it came to the action sequences, whether on earth or not, they were all great. But nothing beat the fights between Thor and his people and those blue dudes, the Frost People (I'm trying hard not to say The Blue Man Group).
The only aspect of Thor that I didn't like was the romance. I just wasn't feeling it. And I didn't care for Natalie Portman for some reason. I don't hate her as an actress, but in this I thought we could have done without her. But that was basically my only major beef about Thor. Also, as a sidenote, it wasn't as funny or goofy as I thought it was going to be. I think I got that impression from the trailer, but it was definitely more fight than funny. That's not a bad thing, but I like a good laugh...
It's not a spectacular superhero movie, but it is pretty damn good and worth seeing. It left the ending open for a sequel, which my dad happily pointed out. So, part 2?
My Grade: B+