Fans of Marvel Comics, the long awaited Thor is over. Now the movie has been highly anticipated since Iron Man 2 left a clue for the audience of the advent of Norse god of thunder. Contrary to most of the superheroes previously featured, this movie is a fresh lineup for the roster of Marvel films because it features supernatural elements from the mythology. For a critical fan of Marvel, one can wonder how Hollywood will pull this off. How can it cohere to sci-fi grounded movies such as Iron Man, The Hulk and Captain America? Pulling the strings for the Thor movie is Kenneth Branagh, a renowned director and portrayal in film adaptations of William Shakespeare’s plays.
Branagh brings in two big named stars Anthony Hopkins and Natalie Portman, who will respectively play Odin, ruler of Asgard, and Thor’s earth born love interest Jane Foster. Playing the role of the hammer swinging hero is Chris Hemsworth, while taking villain’s seat is Tom Hiddleston, who will play the god of mischief and magic. For a story that is seemingly filled with fantasy and magic, the Marvel rendition plants this epic story into the ground where beyond the realm of present day Earth is Asgard, home of gods.
Basing from the Thor movie trailer, Thor is next in line of Odin’s throne; but, faces trial for reigniting an ancient war with the frost giants. Powerful yet arrogant, the king strips Thor from his powers as punishment and casts his son to Earth where he lives among mortals. Although he has no powers, Thor retains his strength and fighting capabilities as shown early in the trailer. There he meets Astrophysicist, Jane Foster where she accompanies the god-turned human to his path to find his source of power, the hammer Mjolnr. However, things become complicated where his brother Loki takes over the throne of Asgard, and sends his minions to invade Earth. Will Thor get his powers back to fight against the god of mischief? Then watch the movie where the Thor release date is scheduled on May 6, 2011.
So far the film trailer shows great signs with the fight scenes, the drama between father and son, and a little humor where one lady ogles at the hero’s “godly physique.” Although generally the trailer bagged a good impression, will it be enough to wow the serious Thor fans? So far in other Thor movie reviews posted from fans, the common denominator lies on the role of Thor itself. Some people doubt the real-life portrayal of Thor saying Chris Hemsworth isn’t big and buff enough, while others doubt the film crew’s synthesis of the classic Norse mythology and contemporary setting, fantasy and realism. If there are doubts floating around the upcoming film, a great story is always the key to burn criticisms. Will Branagh’s role as a director catapult this Marvel rendition of the Norse god to the stars? Again there’s only one way to find out and that’s watching the movie itself.
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