The God of Thunder is more like the God of a light drizzle. THOR is visually breathtaking. Too bad the story is not. In the beginning, it tries to give the audience a synopsis of Norse Mythology that is apparently important to the story, but quite confusing if you are not playing close attention. After THOR is banished to Earth, the fish out of water theme takes over for a bit, but never is as fully developed as Chris Hemsworth's physique. He should get props for commanding a role that is so “un-heroic”. Natalie Portman is miscast as a physicist. Kat Dennings is annoying. Tom Hiddleton as Thor's brother Loki (that's a villain's name?) isn't menacing at all. As a result you never get a sense of doom, and that means you are never quite sure what THOR is saving us from. But, this is a superhero origin story, so some of this could be forgiven once we see the Hero be the Hero. But Kenneth Brannagh takes that away from the audience. In every one of these movies, there is that first moment of awe where you see the Hero for the first time. You never really get that in THOR. When he does appear it's in the middle of a special effects maelstrom that hides what you are so desperately trying to see. In Iron Man there were two of these. When he comes out of the cave for the first time, and when he lands in the village and fights off the “Taliban”. No such moment here. In the continuum of these movies that take comics from our youth and try to make them real-life action movies Christopher Nolan's BATMAN stands as the best, and ELEKTRA as the worst. THOR is somewhere closer to ELEKTRA, not worthy of a God or even a mere mortal. — Alan Yudman

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