In 965 A.D., Odin (Anthony Hopkins), king of Asgard, wages war against the Frost Giants of Jotunheim and their leader Laufey (Colm Feore), to prevent them from conquering the Nine Realms, starting with Earth. The Asgardian warriors defeat the Frost Giants and seize the source of their power, the Casket of Ancient Winters. In the present, Odin’s son Thor (Chris Hemsworth) prepares to ascend to the throne of Asgard, but is interrupted when Frost Giants attempt to retrieve the Casket. Against Odin’s order, Thor travels to Jotunheim to confront Laufey, accompanied by his brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston), childhood friend Sif (Jaimie Alexander) and the Warriors Three; Volstagg (Ray Stevenson), Fandral (Joshua Dallas) and Hogun (Tadanobu Asano). A battle ensues until Odin intervenes to save the Asgardians, destroying the fragile truce between the two races. For Thor’s arrogance, Odin strips his son of his godly power and exiles him to Earth, accompanied by his hammer Mjolnir ?uot; the source of his power, now protected by a spell to allow only the worthy to wield it..

Based on the classic Marvel comic, “Thor” is yet another movie adaptation of a superhero and directed by acclaimed Kenneth Branagh. As I have said before, I am still very keen on seeing these superhero adaptations. Some of them have been great, some less great. I reckon “Thor” belongs to the latter. Somehow Branagh hasn´t been able to make this work in terms of finding a common platform for characters, plot and the CGI. “Thor” ends up being one of those comic adaptations that disappoints, in my book at least. There´s parts that I like, but the parts I dislike weighs over. My biggest disappointment is that the CGI is so unbalanced. At times it looks solid and then crappy during other sequences. I think Chris Hemsworth manages to give life to Thor, while Anthony Hopkins and Stellan Skargård seems lost and uninspired. The latter has lost his spark if you ask me. And Natalie Portman seems even more lost.. Nah, at this moment I am looking forward to seeing “X-Men – First Class” and “Captain America”. I believe they will satisfy me a lot more. (3 out of 5)

 

Gotta love this spoof on the Volkswagen Vader commercial, in which a young boy tries his psychic powers out around the house. The young god of thunder tries to use his hammer call down the lightning on the exercycle, Lokl the pet golden labrador, the clothes dryer, a flaxen haired maiden doll, all to the tune of Richard Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries”. The boy’s persistence with the toy Mjolnir pay off once his father drives up in the car. Note the name on the car’s license plate, the dogs name is Loki and as well as the reference to Tony Stark on the kitchen bench. (via Inspiration Room).