Favorite

Hammer Time 

Thor kicks off a summer of butt-kicking superheroes

It’s going to be a busy summer for superheroes, with Captain America, the X-Men, and Green Lantern all heading to the big screen. First up is Thor, the hammer-wielding god of thunder, who stumbles in his movie debut.

Director Kenneth Branagh attempts to bring his usual and impeccable sense of Shakespearean heft to the Marvel Comics realm but doesn’t quite succeed. Thor (Chris Hemsworth), his brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston), and Thor’s mortal pal Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) never really seem more than comic-book cutouts here.

There’s lots of exposition, as Thor is cast out of the land of gods to live on Earth, leaving very little room for any kind of real plot to develop. Hopefully next year’s Avengers will bring out Thor’s true thundering potential. --Justin Brenis

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Calendar

Staff Pick Events

  • The Executioner @ Cleveland Museum of Art

    • Fri., Dec. 9
  • The Vessel @ Cleveland Cinematheque

    • Sat., Dec. 10
  • Dirty Gertie from Harlem U.S.A. @ Cleveland Cinematheque

    • Sun., Dec. 11

© 2016 Cleveland Scene: 737 Bolivar Rd., Suite 4100, Cleveland, OH 44115, (216) 241-7550
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.


Website powered by Foundation