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- Director: Kenneth Branagh
- Release Date: May 2011
- Run Time: 115
- Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy
And We Named a Day of the Week After Him Too
One never knows how a super-hero comic book is going to transfer to the big screen. How many Batman’s did post 70s Hollywood cut its teeth on before it became stock-in-trade? Superman, with all due homage paid to Chris Reeves, RIP, was a safe bet given the humanoid transparency of a pair of thick framed glasses as the only veil of secrecy over his true identity. Batman gave producers confidence that led up to the presentations of Spiderman and IronMan. Nowadays the public expects topshelf renditions of things comic book playing out on the big screen. So why we have waited so long for the quintessential comic book hero, Thor, to hit the theaters?
Well, I have one theory. I don’ t know who else Hollywood could have cast as Thor. Dolph Lundgren is now too advanced in age. And even when he was young, he was too Aryan cold-blooded. There wasn’t enough compassion in his gaze. Forget about Rutger Hauer. There just wasn’t the physique or the Aryan features in terms of overwhelming critical mass. I don’t know for sure if a shortage of correct looking fellas was the hold up, on why we haven’t seen a Thor movie before 2011. It is a plausible theory considering what I am about to lay on you. You heard it hear first.
Now enters Chris Hemsworth in the early 21st century. Hemsworth IS Thor. No one else can come close. He has the awe-inspiring musculature. More importantly however, Hemsworth has the acting range to go from being the face-hammering thunderous Nordic god, to the repentant son, or the doe-eyed compassionate in service to humanity. That is quite a range for a comic book action hero- especially a divinely inspired and conceived of comic book action here. Thor, the movie, is well played as comic book renditions go. The plot is intensely woven around Thor’s psychological profile where we learn that even Nordic gods have father issues. I mean, come on, Odin must not be an easy guy to take any harsh words from, not to mention orders that one can’t help but disobey. I will stop here lest I give away the dynamic tension that makes this action adventure film hammer out well-deserved applause at the end.