May 12, 2011
Kenneth Branagh has struck super-hero gold with his latest directing achievement – “Thor” – as he brings a touch of virtue and humor to the most entertaining comic-book-on-the-big-screen since “Iron Man.”
The movie begins with the coronation of the new All-king of Asgard, the young and rebellious Thor (Chris Hemsworth). However, the pomp is interrupted when frost giants break into Asgard to reclaim what Thor's elderly father, Odin (Anthony Hopkins), took from them – a frosty “casket” from which the frost people derive great power. The attempt is thwarted but not forgiven, at least not by Thor.
Thor, along with his friends, travel to the frost giants' home planet to teach them a lesson, against Odin's orders. When they get cornered by the frost giants Odin rescues them, but punishes Thor for his disobedience by stripping him of his power and his mighty hammer, and casting him into exile on Earth.
What follows is a fluid interplay of two story-lines, one terrestrial and one celestial. On Earth, Thor struggles to figure out who he is without his former power and purpose. Back on Asgard, Thor's brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) emerges as a jealous usurper of the throne.