This review of “Thor” appears on KTKA-49.
Thor may be a God from Norse mythology, but the guy portrayed by Chris Hemsworth in the new fantasy-action movie “Thor” is based on “The Mighty Thor,” a Marvel comic that first appeared in 1962.
Bottom line: The premise is ultra-silly, but the movie works. Just listen to the plot: Thor disobeys his father Odin, King of the realm of Asgard, and confronts the Frost Giants of Jotunheim, destroying a fragile truce. He is exiled to Earth and falls in love with a beautiful scientist while his mischievous brother Loki tries to usurp their father’s reign.
Director Kenneth Branagh, known for his adaptations of Shakespeare’s “Henry V” and “Hamlet,” somehow makes it all convincing and he moves “Thor” forward efficiently and with confidence. It helps that Hemsworth and Natalie Portman are charming and have lots of chemistry and that Tom Hiddleston as Loki is a more nuanced villain than most comic-book movies are able to muster.
“Thor” achieves a good balance of action and comic relief and—despite a ridiculous set-up—turns out to be a decent family drama on top of all that. It’s also a good prequel to next year’s all-star Marvel movie “The Avengers.”