Director: Kenneth Branagh. Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Rene Russo. 115 min. Rated PG-13. Action/Fantasy.
Recent superhero movies have set the bar so high, anything less is considered mediocre, or even weak. While Superman-2 and Dark Knight had immensely character-driven plots, Thor is a throwback to the likes of Fantastic Four, where action is the only charm. The fact that the protagonist is one of the rare non-human superheroes, and half the movie occurs in other planets, doesn't help much in the lines of character development - as the only minimally interesting character is Elba's 2-3 minute "gatekeeper" role. True, I was not bored, but future generations will find the 78% rating just plain wrong.
PS #1: Like any Marvel superhero movie, wait till the end of the end credits! You leave, you lose!
PS #2: I was going to utter my amazement at how Kenneth Branagh ended up directing this, but couldn't say it any better than Ebert:
"The director given this project, Kenneth Branagh, once obtained funding for a magnificent 70mm version of "Hamlet." Now he makes "Thor." I wonder with a dread fear if someone in Hollywood, stuck with a movie about a Norse god, said "Get Branagh. He deals with that Shakespeare crap." "