By M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal
It turns out the god of thunder has a problem with his ego.
The title character in “Thor” is tall, blond and built like a linebacker. He’s also being groomed by his father to be king of Asgard.
It makes sense that he’d start believing his own press. When he takes his mighty war hammer for an unauthorized battle against the Frost Giants, Thor disturbs a years’ long peace and puts innocent lives in danger.
That’s when Odin (Anthony Hopkins) casts Thor (Chris Hemsworth) out of Asgard and into a backwater realm, also known as Earth.
Stripped of his superpowers, Thor relies on his new friend, Jane (Natalie Portman). She’s a scientist studying the possibility that “bridges” exist to connect the cosmos.
Jane suspects Thor is crazy, but there’s a chance he can help with her scientific work.
That is until Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) and his team arrive to shut down Jane’s research. Thor’s ego takes a few hits when he can’t bust through obstacles the way he did in the past.
“Thor” is based on a Marvel comic book series. It’s directed by Kenneth Branagh, who’s more associated with Shakespeare than comic books. Branagh has a deft touch, especially with the scenes in Asgard.
On Earth, Portman has more than enough charm to wrap Thor around her fingers.
As far as entertaining audiences, Portman is ably assisted by her staff, Erik (Stellan Skarsgard) and Kat (Darcy Lewis).
Erik is the world-weary scientist who remembers the tales of Thor from the mythology he learned as a child. Kat is pure comic relief.
In addition, the story has a wild card, Loki (Tom Hiddleston). He’s Thor’s brother and a master of trickery. You’re never sure what this guy is going to do.
If all that sounds like a good movie to you, I’m inclined to agree. It should be noted that Thor’s transformation from egotist to stand-up guy happens too quickly, but summer movies can last only so long.
I give “Thor” a B plus.
It’s showing at Malcos in Tupelo, Oxford, Corinth and Columbus, as well as Hollywood Premier Cinemas in Starkville and Movie Reel 4 in New Albany.
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– Kelli Karlson with Wizard 106 is on vacation this week. Sheena Barnett with the Daily Journal gives “Thor” an A.
“It looked really great, and I had a blast watching it.”