Does ‘Thor’ have what it takes to be a godly movie?

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August 4, 2010 by Chris Reynolds

Concept art for Chris Hemsworth playing Thor, holding his trusty thunder hammer, Mjolnir.

Iron Man, Captain America, Hawkeye, we have covered them all. Now it is Thor’s turn on the hammer block.

Australian actor, Chris Hemsworth (Ca$h), becomes the Norse god who is cast out of Asgard to live among the humans. Thor is a god of great strength, and boy does he look the part. Hemsworth spent more than 6 months getting in shape for the film and according to director Kenneth Branagh in an ET interview, it shows. Branagh said Hemsworth has to accomplish multiple feats of strength per day, picking multiple people up, holding them up for long periods of time, derailing a freight train by moving the tracks. Ok, I made that last one up, but back to facts, this dude is ripped!

Let us just hope what he has in physical stature isn’t overcompensating for a lack in acting talent. Although by the sound of it, Hemsworth’s onstage chemistry with love interest, Natalie Portman (V for Vendetta), suggests we may see great things yet. Not to mention Thor’s irate daddy, Odin, is played by big screen legend Anthony Hopkins (Silence of the Lambs). Let’s just hope he is all out of fava beans and Chianti.

The film is being shot in New Mexico and at the beginning of the ET interview we see a 7-11 gas station explode. Sweet. I for one have great expectations for this movie. The past Marvel films have been so action packed, although the end of Iron Man 2 had an abridged battle scene. I hope they keep the heart pounding action up in this film because the thunder god deserves nothing less than intense fights, explosions and people tumbling down stairs.

My greatest fear for this film however, is breaking away from the classic Thor storyline and making a Hercules reboot. Where as they are both somewhat similar in origin, Thor is much more Marvelised, if you catch my drift. Not to mention we have seen the god-being-banished-to-earth thing before, and I hope they don’t drop the ball on originality and staying canon to the story.

Thor picks up his hammer May 2011.

What do you think? Is Chris Hemsworth the man we need as Thor? Natalie Portman, the love interest? Anthony Hopkins, the angry daddy?


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