By far, the best comic book movie. Better than The Dark Knight, better than Iron Man, better than Spider Man 2.
Chris Hemsworth played Thor down pat. Arrogant, cocky, proud, funny, he combined all of that. He embraced the character. Playing a fish out of water is complicated, and he perfected it. He looked straight out of the comics, talked like the God of Thunder as well. Breakout star of Hollywood this year. For the record, thank you Marvel for NOT casting Triple H as Thor.
Tom Hiddleston was beyond great as the God of Mischief Loki. I liked his performance as a villain better than Heath Ledgers as The Joker in The Dark Knight. Mischievous, cunning, smart, and very complex, Tom looked an acted the part. The scene where he was on the throne with his hands on his face, classic Loki look there. This guy is an Oscar winner waiting to happen (not for this film, but he will win one day).
Natalie Portman did not disappoint at all. Granted the Jane Foster character is different in the movie than the comics (Nurse in the comics, Astrophysicist in the movie) she shows heart and care for Thor. Smart, does not take no for an answer, and is very curious about inter-dimensional travel.
Lady Sif & The Warriors 3 I felt needed more screentime, but again, straight out of the Comics. Ray Stevenson is funny as Volstagg, eating all the time and wants to heart his appetite, classic. Jaimie Alexander plays her role strong, just like Lady Sif. Josh Dallas & Tadanabo Asano (Frandal & Hogun) looked like the characters as well, and hats off to Josh, who was a last second replacement in the film, literally came on while filming.
Anthony Hopkins as Odin, brilliant, perfect casting, and you always expect that from Sir Anthony.
Idris Elba looked like you did not want to cross his paths as Heimdall the Gatekeeper.
Asgard, well I ran out of adjectives on how great Asgard looks, more beautiful than I would have ever thought on the big screen. They made it look like the shining light of the 9 realms.
Would never have thought Kenneth Branagh would direct this kind of film, but he took something that was out of his element and did wonders with it. We won't have another Last Airbender incident like last year with a director out of his element. Kenneth took the most complicated Marvel character to adapt to the big screen and did wonders with it. I want to cross the rainbow bridge and go to Asgard.
Also loved the little references and Easter Eggs to Donald Blake, Journey into the Mystery, Dr. Strange, Tony Stark, Bruce Banner & Hank Pym. Jeremy Renner's Hawkeye cameo was cool in an Avengers buildup.
Summer starts with a big bang, and its only 1 more year till Thor comes back in The Avengers
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