Monday, May 9, 2011

Thor thunders into theaters...

Storming the box office this weekend, Marvel Studios' Thor brought in $66 million, knocking Fast Five from the top spot. (Fast Five currently has the highest grossing opening weekend  of any movie in 2011.)

The title character is played by Chris Hemsworth, who's known for his television roles in Home and Away and others. His father Odin (Anthony Hopkins), king of the 9 Realms, cast Thor out of Asgard for his arrogance after he travels to Jotunheim to attack the Frost Giants.

The cast is rounded out with Natalie Portman as Jane Foster, an idealistic scientist whose research is stolen by Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) of the Strategic Homelang Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division - SHIELD for short.

Banished to Earth, Thor meets and falls for Jane Foster. While on Earth, Thor's brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) learns a long-kept family secret and attempts to assume the throne in the wake of their father's illness. With the help of friends, Thor is able to return to Asgard and set things right.

There's plenty of action, a little bit of romance, and the continuation of the Marvel realm and the existence of SHIELD (Iron Man I & II... and upcoming in The Avengers and Nick Fury).

Nightlife was surprised. We weren't initially thrilled with the prospect of seeing Thor, but it wasn't bad. As far as summer action flicks go, this one gives viewers plenty of action and some pretty good special effects. The comic book franchise is definitely a money maker for Hollywood studios, as the theme has provided results nearly every time (except The Green Hornet, which sucked).

Check out the reviews of Thor on Rotten Tomatoes and decide. Nightlife suggests you check it out.

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