"Your ancestors called it magic, and you call it science. Well, I come from a place where they're one and the same thing."   - Thor

release year: 2011
genre: superhero action
viewing setting: home Bluray 1/14/16 and home DVD, 9/10/12 and home DVR, 9/25/11

synopsis: Cast down from Asgard and stripped of his power, warrior-god Thor roams the mortal world trying to find a way to get back everything he's lost.

impressions: This was very entertaining. There was a lot of action/battle, and some great concepts and visuals (Asgard, the other realms, the Destroyer.) The plot made sense, as much as anything like this can, and there were a few surprises. Thor provided a lot of humorous fish-out-of-water moments with his way of speaking and doing things.

something this movie has that no other movie has: The Destroyer, a gigantic suit of armor that breathes fire.

acting: A buffed-up Chris Hemsworth is Thor, and he does a good job as a man out of time and place; you never doubt that he's a warrior of epic scope. Natalie Portman is the human woman who befriends him. Tom Hiddleston is convincing as a trickster and villain. Anthony Hopkins is Odin, the all-powerful ruler of the gods who's trying to teach his son how to be a king. Idris Elba is quite serious and stoic as Heimdall, the guardian of Asgard.

final word: Pretty good superhero movie, with plenty of action, cool special effects, interesting characters, and occasional humorous dialogue. As with most Marvel superhero movies from the last 15 years, this one's a winner.

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