Slam the hammer Thor has opened in theaters and it’s a hard-hitting CGI adventure.  Packed with action and electricity, the film makes this comic book hero a reality.  With the anticipated The Avengers set for May 2012 however, this film’s more of an introduction of the character than a stand-alone hit.


At the center of the story is The Mighty Thor (Chris Hemsworth), a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war. When he takes it upon himself to fight the ice creatures, Thor is banished to Earth without his hammer 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.

Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Anthony Hopkins as Odin

I like Chris Hemsworth in the role of Thor, his physique, mannerisms and ability to create excitement are perfect for the part.  With screenwriter and director of the film Kenneth Branagh at the helm, the mighty hammer slinging Thor becomes a reality.  But, although action and adventure are present in this film, I found the plot more of an introduction to the character and lifeless at times. With the insertion of Natalie Portman as Jane the lead female, I found her more of a weakness rather than a draw to her pivotal character; it’s just not her thing.

‘Comic Bookers’ will certainly want to see this adventure, as the depiction definitely proves positive.  The Computer Graphics Imaging makes Thor powerful and forceful against his foes with electric coming from his immense hammer, the weapon of this comic book hero.  I totally felt the excitement in Thor’s battle in Asgard and on Earth.  For that I upped the films value.


Chris Hemsworth who owns the role of Thor, which he won in a duel with his brother over the character, will reprise his role in 2012’s The Avengers.  We’ve already been introduced to Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.) and with the upcoming Captain America (Chris Evans) it puts these three characters in line for their big challenge.  The other members of the heroic group are Don Cheadle as War Machine (from Iron Man 2), Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury (the character makes his debut in Captain America), Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye (a new character to be introduced in The Avengers), Scarlet Johansen as Black Widow (also from Iron Man 2) and Mark Ruffalo as Hulk (a previously introduced character with a new face).


Thor is rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence.  Most pre-teens however, have seen most of the fighting in their video games and cartoon network. Stay through the end credits for a hint about The Avengers.


FINAL ANALYSIS: A good introduction to a vital character in The Avengers. (B-)