Family-Faith Film Review: Thor
By Catholic Office of Film and Broadcasting
Thor Plot: Based on the exploits of the titular hammer-wielding Marvel Comics superhero, this commendable epic has the hotheaded warrior-prince (Chris Hemsworth) banished to present-day Earth by his father (Anthony Hopkins), king of the celestial realm of Asgard. In a small New Mexico town, he falls for an astrophysicist (Natalie Portman) and prepares to foil his dissembling brother’s (Tom Hiddleston) bid to usurp their father’s throne.
Director Kenneth Branagh exhibits a mature, light touch that highlights the Christian framework of the narrative, though the visual aspects are less satisfying. Much moderately intense, but bloodless, hand-to-hand combat, a few scary sequences and a couple of mild oaths. A-II — adults and adolescents. (PG-13) 2011
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