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Thor (2011). Directed by Kenneth Branagh and based on the Marvel comic. The film starts with two bumbling scientists (Natalie Portman and Stellan Skarsgård) and their assistant chasing strange weather phenomena in New Mexico. Out of one of the phenomena appears a strange tall buff blonde man who insists he is Thor, Son of Odin. Then through flashback we are told that Thor has been banished from Asgard due to upsetting his father, and must live as a mortal on Earth. Thor, the film, is pretty much a fun romp in the vein of various other comic book conversions e.g. Iron Man. It manages to hold its own mostly with a mix of reasonably engaging story (the serious bit) and humorous scenes. Portman is better than she is in most films, and actually comes across as semi-gutsy, but still not enormously memorable. Kat Dennings, who plays her assistant Darcy, often steals the show with her ditzy character. Relative newcomer Chris Hemsworth, who plays Thor, is a good lead for the film. Some of the sequences in Asgard are a bit cheesy, with slightly naff looking effects and costumes. But the main failing of the film is the somewhat key storyline relating to Loki, which without giving away any spoilers just doesn't add up to his founding motivation, and seems to be all over the place. Inevitable recommendation for comic book conversion fans. A charitable 4/5 (Good)