The distance between the realm of Asgard and the rock we call Earth is pretty vast, but that’s nothing compared to what Thor tries to cover in 114 minutes. With so many larger than life concepts to cover, the thunder it creates is a bit muted at times but still makes for one hell of a 'BOOM'.
The All-Father, Odin has done much from the throne of Asgard, but one of his grandest achievements; the peace between his people and a race of frost giants is starting to unravel before his eyes.
Hot-headed and over-confident, his first born Thor takes matters into his own hands – putting the life's of all Asgardians at risk. Enraged at how his hopeful successor could be so naive and foolish, Odin banishes Thor here to Midgard, for a lesson in humility and understanding.
Taxed by these events, Odin falls into the Odinsleep and Thor’s step-brother Loki, seizes the opportunity to claim the throne for himself. While the forces of Asgard do not bow easily, few can imagine their hopes of salvation lie in the hands of Jane Foster, an earthen scientist whose spirit holds the lessons which are key to Thor’s return.
A massive undertaking to bring from the printed page, let alone Norse mythology, the visuals of Thor are outstanding - and definitely worthy of the 3D treatment. The mythological elements have all been redesigned to a point where Thor truly flies, you'll never look at the Destroyer the same again, and concepts like the Rainbow Bridge and Loki's devil-horned headgear are laughing matters no longer.
Underneath such a hat, Tom Hiddleston wickedly nails the sly trickster to a tee. Not surprising, considering what a lightning rod this movie has been for talented actors. Anthony Hopkins effortlessly conveys the authority and grandeur expected of Odin and Idris Elba stamps his mark all over the position of Hemidall, Guardian of the Bifrost Bridge.
The stunner of the cast, in more ways than one, has to be Natalie Portman. The nuances and life she brings to a human character like Jane Foster in a cast of immortals, proves she is one of Hollywoods most under-rated talents.
Other roles sadly come of a little rough in comparison and time, and I wonder if it would've been better leaving The Warriors Three for upcoming sequels - even though Lady Sif's battle with the Destroyer is a minute and a half of solid awesome.
For The Avengers movie maniacs, Thor isn’t the only one to debut in this film. His path to reclaim his hammer Mjolnir puts him in the sights of another of 'Earth’s Mightiest' and the post-credits sequence moves the on-screen formation of Marvel's current hit team a little closer to that of their comic book origins.
So all said and done, will Thor do for the Odinson what Iron Man did for the armoured avenger? Sadly, I don’t think so. But is it worthy enough to lift your wallet high enough to pay for a ticket or three? Darn right.