Thor (2011) – REVIEW

by Jordache Wee

Release Date: April 21, 2011
Directed by: Kenneth Branagh
Music by: Patrick Doyle
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Colm Feore, Ray Stevenson, Idris Elba, Kat Dennings, Rene Russo, Anthony Hopkins, Jaimie Alexander, Joshua Dallas, Tadanobu Asano, Samuel L. Jackson, Clark Gregg

In 965 AD, Odin All-Father (Anthony Hopkins) prevents the Frost Giants invasion upon the mortal realm in Midgard. He declares war upon Jotunheim’s leader, Laufey (Colm Feore). Not only did Odin save the mortal realm, he pushes the Frost Giants back to their realm, Bifrost. There, he took their most precious power, the Casket of Ancient Winters and left them in the darkness.

Odin All-Father (Anthony Hopkins)

A story told when Odin’s sons, Thor and Loki, are still young. Odin hopes that one day, that one of his sons will be King like him. He proposes a question to them to know what will they do to the Frost Giants if they would to invade Asgard. Thor replies and said that he would attack them with brute force and drive them to the end of the line like Odin once did, while Loki did not reply.

The Throne Room of Asgard

Soon, the time has come, Thor (Chris Hemsworth)  and Loki (Tom Hiddleston) has grown into adults. Thor prepares to enter the throne of Asgard as King but his ascending was interrupted by the Frost Giants’ invasion to seize the Casket. Thor becomes furious by the act of the Frost Giants. He defy his father’s words and brings along the Warriors Three: Volstagg (Ray Stevenson), Fandral (Joshua Dallas) and Hogun (Tadanobu Asano) and also his childhood friend, Sif (Jaimie Alexander). His brother, Loki also accompanies him and travels to Jotunheim.

Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Loki (Tom Hiddleston) questioning the truce pact which Laufey has broken

Thor was not suppose to seek for a battlefield instead to question about the diplomatic truce between Laufey and Odin. Loki speaks on behalf of his brother to ensure no war between Jotunheim and Asgard, because the Frost Giants outnumbered them. However, as Thor was about to leave, he is taunted and insulted by Laufey, he throws his Mjolnir hammer at Laufey.

The Mighty Thor throws and swings his hammer and delivers a powerful bashing blows against the Frost Giants, his smile on his face indicates his lust for this war. However, his blood-lust has causes him to neglect his friends and warriors safety.

 In the midst of the battle, Odin appears and save their lives but the truce between the two distance races has broken. Due to Thor’s arrogance and recklessness, Odin strips Thor’s power and cast him to exile into the mortal realm (Earth) along with his hammer. The Mjolnir is protected with a spell to allow the worthy person to wield it.

In New Mexico, a sudden appearances of an aurora changes and forms a tremendous temporary cyclone. Among witnesses are scientist Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) who has been studying and researching the phenomenon changes all this while, her assistant Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings) and mentor Dr. Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgård). They race to the crash site only to knock into a man. A man who claims himself as Thor and is searching for his hammer.

Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) and Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings)

At the hospital, Thor wakes up to find himself confuse in a different place. He wrestles to escape the emergency room but around 20 men holds him and had him sedated. The next time, he wakes up, he finds himself strap tightly to the bed but soon break free.

Meanwhile, Loki discovers that his true origins that he is the son of Laufey and was adopted by Odin ends the war and stole the Casket. Suddenly Odin falls into the Odinsleep, Loki usurps the throne and offers Laufey the chance to kill Odin and regaining the Casket

The Mjolnir has been discovered by the locals and soon was found by S.H.I.E.L.D’s Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg). Agent Coulson finds data sources of this incident and had his men confiscating every data which Jane has about on the wormhole. Jane decided that she must find Thor for answers. She gets into her car only to reverse and bump into him again after he escape from the hospital.

Thor unable to lift the Mjolnir Hammer

At the cafe, Thor overheard on the location of Mjolnir and at night he infiltrates S.H.I.E.L.D’s facility to gets his belonging but unable to lift the hammer and is captured by S.H.I.E.L.D’s forces. Agent Coulson questions about Thor’s whereabouts but he gave no answers. The Agent left to get some coffee, and Loki appears to announce that Odin has passes on and he has become King and Ruler of Asgard, also mentioned that Thor’s exile on Earth is permanent. Thor accepts his fate. That night, Dr. Selvig went to the S.H.I.E.L.D facility to save Thor. They had some beers and Thor also recalls his mistakes at Bifrost and wants to make up to it. Thor develops a romantic relationship with Jane.

Heimdall, gatekeeper of the Bifrost Bridge (Idris Alba)

Sif and the Warriors Three were surprised with Loki’s ascending to the throne and unhappy with Loki’s decision to not allow Thor from returning to Asgard. However they manage to convince Heimdall (Idris Elba), gatekeeper of the Bifrost Bridge.

Aware of their plan, Loki sends the Destroyer, an invincible, metallic sentient suit of armor, who protects the Casket from any intruders, but now in pursuit to eliminate Thor. Sif and the Warriors Three travels to Earth and find Thor but are attacked and defeated by the Destroyer, forcing Thor to sacrifice himself to save them and Jane.

His sacrifices has prove his worthiness to wield Mjolnir once and forever, and the hammer returns to him, restoring his powers as it allows him to defeat the Destroyer before he returns to Asgard and confront his brother.

Thor returns and confronts Loki

In Asgard, Loki betrays and kills Laufey, revealing his true plan to use their attempt on Odin’s life as an excuse to destroy Jotunheim with the Bifrost Bridge and prove himself worthy to Odin. Thor arrives and fights his brother before destroying the Bifrost Bridge to stop his plan from destroying Jotunheim. Odin awakens and prevents the brothers from falling into the abyss created in the wake of the Bifrost Bridge’s destruction, but Loki, believing he has failed Odin, allows himself to fall to his apparent death. Thor makes amends with Odin, admitting he is not ready to be King, while on Earth Jane and her team search for a way to open a portal to Asgard so that Jane can reunite with Thor.

In a post-credits scene, Dr. Selvig arrives at  S.H.I.E.L.D. facility where he meets Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson). Fury shows Selvig to study the recently-discovered Cosmic Cube, which holds untold power, to which Selvig agrees. It is then revealed that Selvig is under the control of Loki, who has been transported to Earth.

Reviewer’s Note:
Created by Stan Lee and the late Jack Kirby. The God of Thunder now lives on the silver screen. He brings us some thunderous moments. A little history about his arrogance and blood-lust has teach him a lesson to be more mature when he was exiled to Earth. There he meets mortal girl and scientist Jane Foster and falls in love and rediscover his Mjolnir.

The God of Thunder is a real gentleman. With every cultural manners he ever had makes you feel he can be trusted. However, his excitement never fails to keep surprising the audience.

There’s already some comedy in between especially when it comes to Darcy. Her character enlightens the audience in a way. 

Writer J. Michael Straczynski (JMS) makes a cameo to pull the Mjolnir

However the Destroyer’s appearance was just a short while Stan Lee and J. Michael Straczynski (JMS)makes a cameo appearances. Stan Lee was the truck driver trying to pull the Mjolnir at the crash site but failed. JMS is one of the locals who happens to drive his truck and pull the hammer but didn’t work either.

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