Thor

Thor

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Director: Kenneth Branagh

Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston

     
 

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Exiled to Earth after his arrogance fans the flames of an ancient conflict, The Mighty Thor (Chris Hemsworth) of Asgard discovers the meaning of humility when a powerful old foe dispatches a destructive force to crush humanity. Only when the banished prince has defeated an opponent capable of crushing him in battle will he learn whatSee more details below

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Exiled to Earth after his arrogance fans the flames of an ancient conflict, The Mighty Thor (Chris Hemsworth) of Asgard discovers the meaning of humility when a powerful old foe dispatches a destructive force to crush humanity. Only when the banished prince has defeated an opponent capable of crushing him in battle will he learn what it takes to be a true leader. Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman, Stellan Skarsgård, and Tadanobu Asano co-star in a comic-book adventure from acclaimed director Kenneth Branagh.

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Tempering its sweeping scope with wit, humor, and just a little dose of dramatics, Thor is a super-charged fantasy epic that can stand alone in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This is the fourth MCU film to be released and the first of two Marvel superhero movies to come out this summer -- Captain America being the other. Thor was originally slated for a 2008 release with X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn helming, but after several years in "development hell," Vaughn was replaced by Kenneth Branagh -- a surprising choice considering that his directorial filmography consists of at least five Shakespearean plays. However, despite all the eyebrow-raising, Branagh manages to orchestrate a superhero film that plays to both comic-book fans and laymen alike -- a Thor that's fun and that never takes itself too seriously, which you need for a summer movie blockbuster of this caliber. Though the battle scenes are a little muddled, Branagh fuses together striking production design and art direction with larger-than-life set pieces to create an often harmonious result. The film begins in the deserts of New Mexico, where astrophysicist and all-around good girl Jane (Natalie Portman) is doing research with her assistant, Dr. Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgård), and intern, Darcy (Kat Dennings), when suddenly Thor (Chris Hemsworth), an arrogant hammer-wielding warrior form the mystical realm of Asgard, appears out of nowhere and the team literally hits him with their car. Flash back to the mystical realms, where Odin (Anthony Hopkins), king of the Asgard, wages war against the Frost Giants and their leader, Laufey (Colm Feore), to prevent them from conquering the Nine Realms. With peace achieved, Odin is able to focus on his two sons, Thor and Loki (Tom Hiddleston), one of whom will take the throne as king, but when Thor breaks the peace treaty with the Frost Giants, defying his father in the process, Odin strips him of his mighty hammer and casts him out of Asgard. Now in human form, Thor must live among the humans on Earth and hopefully learn a little humility in the process. Chris Hemsworth makes quite an impression, both physically matching the description of the "God of Thunder" -- with his dirty blonde locks and ridiculously chiseled physique -- and possessing the right amount of humility and regality, and a little bit of humor, too. Not only does he prove that he can foster the right amount of emotional impact to make an audience cheer for the stranded titan, but he also proves that he can carry a film. It's fun to watch Thor navigate Earth as a god without powers -- smashing plates on the floor, attempting to stop cars with his bare hands, drinking poor Erik under the table -- and to see Jane and her crew react to his behavior. Speaking of Jane, Natalie Portman plays her character pretty straightforwardly. She giggles and swoons and bats her eyes like a lovesick schoolgirl, but who can blame her, really? Still, the relationship between Jane and Thor seems rushed -- they essentially fall in love in one syrupy scene complete with a trailer-park bonfire and shooting stars. Ultimately, though, the love story is secondary to the mythology surrounding the nobles of Asgard. While Thor is exiled on Earth, his sneaky brother, Loki, plots behind his back in an attempt to assassinate their father, Odin, played by Anthony Hopkins, who gives a commanding performance; it's Hiddelston, however, who is the standout here as Thor's complex half-brother, who is more than he seems to be, even in this context. Hiddelston gives a truly humanistic performance and his arc evokes genuine sympathy, which one rarely feels for a comic-book villain. What easily could have been a schlocky mess is instead an elegant tale of a father and his sons and the bond that can only be broken over time -- it's practically a Shakespearean tragedy, which may be what Branagh was going for in the first place. Note: For the fan boys and girls out there, Marvel cameos include Clark Gregg, who reprises his role as S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Phil Coulson from the Iron Man films and Jeremy Renner as sharpshooter Hawkeye. Plus, make sure you stay through the credits as Samuel L. Jackson reprises his role as S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury. The coda hints at the next film in the universe -- Captain America -- and alludes to the infamous "Avenger Initiative."

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/13/2011
UPC:
0097361439648
Original Release:
2011
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:54:00

Special Features

4 Deleted scenes; Road to The Avengers featurette; Commentary by director Kenneth Branagh

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Chris Hemsworth Thor
Natalie Portman Jane Foster
Tom Hiddleston Loki
Anthony Hopkins Odin
Stellan Skarsgård Dr. Erik Selvig
Colm Feore Laufey
Ray Stevenson Volstagg
Idris Elba Heimdall
Kat Dennings Darcy
Jaimie Alexander Sif
Clark Gregg Agent Coulson
Tadanobu Asano Hogun
Joshua Dallas Fandral
Rene Russo Frigga
Adriana Barraza Isabela Alvarez
Maximiliano Hernandez Agent Sitwell
Richard Cetrone Frost Giant Captain
Darren Kendrick Frost Giant Sentry
Josh Coxx Frost Giant Hallstrum
Justice Jesse Smith Frost Giant Brute
Joseph Gatt Frost Giant Grundroth
Luke Massy Frost Giant Raze
Matthew Ducey Einherjar Guard
Jason Camp Einherjar Guard
Buddy Sosthand Agent Delancey
Blake Silver Techie
Jamie McShane Agent Jackson
Dale Godboldo Agent Garrett
Patrick O'Brien Demsey Agent Cale
Jim Palmer Shield Guard
Seth Coltan Townie
J. Michael Straczynski Townie
Ryan Schaefer Townie
Matt Battaglia Pete
Dakota Goyo Young Thor
Stan Lee Stan the Man
Joel McCrary Drunk Townie
Isaac Kappy Pet Store Clerk
Juliet Lopez Admission Nurse
Rob Mars Orderly
Carrie Lazar Viking Mother
Harley Graham Viking Child
Alexander Wright Viking Elder
Hilary Pingle Viking
Shawn-Caulin Young Viking
Kinsey McLean Viking
Kelly Hawthorne Viking
Ted Allpress Young Loki

Technical Credits
Kenneth Branagh Director
Victoria Alonso Co-producer
Michael Babcock Sound/Sound Designer
C. Scott Baker Set Decoration/Design
Alexandra Byrne Costumes/Costume Designer
Aric Cheng Set Decoration/Design
Louis D'Esposito Executive Producer
Peter Devlin Sound Mixer
Patrick Doyle Score Composer
Luc Étienne Asst. Director
Kasra Farahani Art Director
Kevin Feige Producer
Alan Fine Executive Producer
Luke Freeborn Art Director
David J. Grant Associate Producer
Sean Haworth Art Director
Scott Herbertson Set Decoration/Design
A. Todd Holland Art Director
Dave Jordan Musical Direction/Supervision
Tetsuo "Tex" Kadonaga Set Decoration/Design
Eileen Kastner-Delago Makeup
Richard King Sound/Sound Designer
Craig Kyle Co-producer
Stan Lee Executive Producer
Kevin Loo Set Decoration/Design
David Maisel Executive Producer
Jeff Markwith Set Decoration/Design
Ashley Miller Screenwriter
Don Payne Screenwriter
Anne Porter Set Decoration/Design
Mark Protosevich Original Story,Screenwriter
Andrew Reeder Set Decoration/Design
Richard Romig Set Decoration/Design
Paul Rubell Editor
Marco Rubeo Set Decoration/Design
Maya Shimoguchi Art Director
Zack Stentz Screenwriter
J. Michael Straczynski Original Story
Patte Strong-Lord Set Decoration/Design
Bo Welch Production Designer
Patricia Whitcher Executive Producer
Haris Zambarloukos Cinematographer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Thor
1. Chapter 1
2. Chapter 2
3. Chapter 3
4. Chapter 4
5. Chapter 5
6. Chapter 6
7. Chapter 7
8. Chapter 8
9. Chapter 9
10. Chapter 10
11. Chapter 11
12. Chapter 12
13. Chapter 13
14. Chapter 14
15. Chapter 15
16. Chapter 16

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