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1. Thor (2011)

About These Films: Thor has always been a popular superhero for Marvel Comics and, quite frankly, I'm surprised that he didn't get his own live-action feature long before 2011.  Heck, he hasn't even been in cartoons that much!

    I really enjoyed "Thor" and found it to be one of the most easily watchable superhero movies to come out in years.  There are a few creative liberties the movie made from the Thor saga in comics but, for the most part, it was a pretty reasonable adaptation.  What few changes they made from the comics was more than made up for by the fact that it's just a really great movie.  I hope this series continues for awhile.

1. Thor (2011):  This movie does a great job of giving a superhero origin tale while still boasting plenty of action.  There is not one moment in the whole film that drags.  What helps is that Thor was always "super" to begin with.  There is no long, drawn-out story about how he got his superpowers and became a crimefighter.  Most superhero origin movies like Batman, Hulk, and Spider-Man can be very boring because you start out with very human characters who become fantastic.  Thor was always fantastic, but he grows as a person and becomes more human.  THAT is a neat twist to the usual superhero formula.

    Long story short, Thor is sent to Earth by his father Odin to learn some humility and become more of a person.  He meets his love interest Jane Foster who helps him on his personal quest.  During the course of the story, Thor battles The Destroyer and Loki.  The movie ends with Thor defeating his enemies, but trapping himself in Asgard by destroying the rainbow bridge that connects to Earth.  However, we all know Thor will make his way back.

    I like Chris Hemsworth as Thor.  I thought he played it well and the personality is almost a dead match for his comic counterpart.  Anthony Hopkins is cool in just about everything and he's got another winner in the Odin character.  Natalie Portman is also quite likable as Jane Foster.  I thought the entire cast was great, but these three are the definite standouts.  I like Rene Russo and she's a high-profile actress, but her role as Frigga (Odin's wife) is almost ignorable.  She just doesn't do much in this movie.


Chris Hemsworth as Thor
Natalie Portman as Jane Foster
Anthony Hopkins as Odin
Tom Hiddleston as Loki
Ray Stevenson as Volstagg
Jaimie Alexander as Sif
Joshua Dallas as Fandral
Tadanobu Asano as Hogun
Rene Russo as Frigga
Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury [uncredited]

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