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Thor (2011)
Movie Review by The Gravedigger

Thor (2011) This is one of the better adaptations of a Marvel comics superhero. It begins with scientist Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) who has a theory linking weather patterns to wormholes. They are chasing an anomaly out in the New Mexico desert and literally run into a large, Viking-looking man. This, we soon learn in a lengthy flashback, is Thor, the God of Thunder (Chris Helmsworth) . The inhabitants of Asgard were the protectors of Earth until around a thousand years ago, when they had prevented the evil frost giants from taking over the planet. But Thor is headstrong and takes a group of his warrior friends to the land of the Frost giants, which opens up a new war. Odin (Anthony Hopkins) is pissed and banishes Thor to Earth, to learn his lesson. But Thor's brother, Loki, has a scheme of his own to get the crown.

On Earth, Agent Coulson of Shield seizes all of Foster's work and erects a perimeter around Thor's hammer, Mjolnar, which had fallen to earth soon after he did. Thor tries to get it but he's not yet worthy to wield the weapon. He's taken captive. And Clint Barton, Hawkeye, makes an appearance, setting way for the upcoming AVENGERS movie in 2012. One of Foster's colleagues manages to get Thor out of there, though they are followed by Shield agents. Then Loki makes a deal with the Frost Giants--and then sends an armored robot to kill Thor on Earth. Of course, Thor gets the help from Siff and the Warriors Three. I dug this movie. The character behaves much more like Marvel's Hercules than he does Thor, and, of course, this is much more along the lines of ULTIMATE THOR than the 60's version.

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