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Thor [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy] (Bilingual)
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Synopsis: The epic adventure THOR spans the Marvel universe from present-day Earth to the cosmic realm of Asgard. At the center of the story is The Mighty Thor, a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war. As a result, Thor is banished to Earth where he is forced to live among humans. When the most dangerous villain of his world sends its darkest forces to invade Earth, Thor learns what it takes to be a true hero. Bonus Features: * Commentary: - Commentary by director Kenneth Branagh * Other: - Marvel One-Shot: The Consultant HD * Other: - Featurettes HD * Other: - Road to the Avengers HD * Other: - 11 Deleted Scenes with optional commentary HD * Trailers: Trailers HD
Of all the folks in long underwear to be tapped for superhero films, Thor would seem to be the most problematic to properly pull off. (Hypothetical Hollywood conversation: "A guy in a tricked-out, easily merchandisable metal suit? Great! An Asgardian God of Thunder who says stuff like thee and thou? Um, is Moon Knight available?") Thankfully, the resulting film does its source material rather proud, via a committed cast and an approach that doesn't shy away from the over-the-top superheroics. When you're dealing with a flying guy wielding a huge hammer, gritty realism can be overrated, really. Blending elements from the celebrated comic arcs by Walter Simonson and J. Michael Straczynski, the story follows the headstrong Thunder God (Chris Hemsworth) as he is banished to Earth and stripped of his powers by his father Odin (Anthony Hopkins) after inadvertently starting a war with a planet of ticked-off Frost Giants. As his traitorous brother Loki (the terrific Tom Hiddleston) schemes in the wings, Thor must redeem himself and save the universe, with the aid of a beautiful scientist (Natalie Portman). Although director Kenneth Branagh certainly doesn't skimp on the in-jokes and fan-pleasing continuity references (be prepared to stick around after the credits, Marvel fans), his film distinguishes itself by adopting a larger-than-life cosmic Shakespearean air that sets itself apart from both the cerebral, grounded style made fashionable by The Dark Knight and the loose-limbed Rat Packish vibe of the Iron Man series. Glorying in the absolute unreality of its premise, Branagh's film is a swooping, Jack Kirby-inspired saga that brings the big-budget grins on a consistent basis, as well as tying in with the superhero battle royale The Avengers. --Andrew Wright --This text refers to an alternate Blu-ray edition.
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Chris Hemsworth is an excellent choice as Thor and Natalie Portman does a great job as Jane Foster. Tom Hiddleton does a great job as the treachorous Loki who takes advantage of Thor's situation to seize the throne.
The special effects are up to the standards you expect from a Marvel movie, but in the end it is the fantastic acting that saves an otherwise drab film.
Another must have for your Marvel collection.
Despite this, the film has some charm and heart to it, which is more important than spectacle anyway. Tom Hiddleston gives an engaging performance as Loki, and Hopkins' Odin carries a surprising amount of gravitas, but Natalie Portman is fairly bland as Jane Foster (but as the character's pretty bland in the comics, I guess that's accurate enough). And if you are going to turn Foster from a nurse to a physicist, then her scientist sidekicks are pretty irrelevant. This movie, along with Captain America: The First Avenger, are all you really need to watch as a precursor to the Avengers movie that followed--Thor introduces Loki and Captain America's plot involves the cosmic cube (aka "the tesseract").
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Odin is upset with Thor and takes his hammer and powers. He banishes Thor who speeds to earth only to crash into Natalie Portman and company in the desert (beginning scene). A bad hammer pun and a taser later, Thor is on his way to medical. The hammer lands elsewhere in the desert and is lodged like the Sword in the Stone. A group of yokels gather to have a cook out and attempt to remove said hammer...until the FEDS show up.
The film moves back and forth between events on earth and in Asgard, as Loki has assumed the throne of his ailing father. In order to convince the audience this is the real Thor, he speaks a Middle Earth style of English, making over frequent use of the word "realm." It works well as it allows him to flirt with Natalie Portman, who he thinks is the most clever person on the planet. (Isn't this one of the seven signs?Read more ›