Thor | Chicago Reader


Could there be a character better suited to the modern multiplex than the God of Thunder, swinging a gigantic hammer? Thor, the second-tier Marvel Comics hero, arrives onscreen in the strapping form of Australian soap opera star Chris Hemsworth, who seems to be having much more fun here than the better-known stars lining up at the money teat (Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, Stellan Skarsgard, Kat Dennings, Idris Elba, Rene Russo). As a Norse warrior magically transported into the 21st century, Hemsworth also gets the best lines: at one point Thor swaggers into a pet store and bellows, "I need a horse!" This is eminently missable, though the mosaic design of Asgard, Thor's mythical realm, is pretty cool. Kenneth Branagh directed (2011).



  • Kenneth Branagh


  • Chris Hemsworth
  • Natalie Portman
  • Anthony Hopkins
  • Tom Hiddleston
  • Stellan SkarsgĂ„rd
  • Colm Feore
  • Ray Stevenson
  • Idris Elba
  • Kat Dennings
  • Rene Russo
  • Clark Gregg
  • Jaimie Alexander
  • Tadanobu Asano
  • Joshua Dallas


  • Kevin Feige
  • Alan Fine
  • Stan Lee
  • David Maisel
  • Patricia Whitcher
  • Louis D'Esposito

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