Release date: April 17, 2011

Based on: Thor (comic book character created by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber and Jack Kirby)

Directed by: Kenneth Branagh

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarskgård, Colm Feore, Ray Stevenson, Idris Elba, Kat Dennings, Rene Russo, Anthony Hopkins

Budget: $150 million

Box office: $449.3 million


Powerful but arrogant, Thor is cast out of Asgard to live amongst the humans of Earth.

The first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to give its viewers a glimpse of the worlds beyond Earth, Thor attempted to weave together a tale of deception and intrigue with one of personal growth and redemption. The end result was a decent film focused more on aesthetics and plot, leaving some characters without much depth. It definitely has pleasing visuals, giving audiences something different no matter which realm the characters visit whether it’s a colorful world full of cheer, one of drab bleakness and cold or the ordinary-looking realm of Earth. This sets a good visual tone, introducing the idea that what the viewers are used to may not be commonplace for the characters.

As for the plot, though it’s enjoyable in how it takes two different threads and intertwines them to depict character development overcoming covert manipulation, it feels rushed as if more time should have passed within the film. The setup of banishment to Earth in order to learn humility is good, However, the majority of the film takes place over the course of a weekend. While understanding the need for humility might be able to occur in such a short amount of time, turning it into a solid character trait and beginning to live it out takes a little bit longer. Additionally, the time frame also makes the ensuing romance a little less than believable. It comes off as more tacked on for the sake of having a romantic interest than anything else.

Said romantic interest is one of the film’s characters with little to no depth. Other than being a scientist and Thor’s love interest, there isn’t much else to her characterization. The same could be said for the other two characters introduced with her as well as some characters in Asgard whose only characterization really comes in the way Thor recounts their victories. Otherwise, they could easily just be seen as “Thor’s friends.” Nevertheless, when there is proper characterization given, the characters are done really well.

This is a fun film to watch for its introduction to one of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s main heroes and could easily be worth future viewings.



Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA – Saturn Awards

  • Best Costumes

ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards

  • Top Box Office Films

Empire Awards, UK

  • Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy

  • Best Male Newcomer (Tom Hiddleston)

World Stunt Awards – Taurus Awards

  • Best Overall Stunt by a Stunt Woman


Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA – Saturn Awards

  • Best Fantasy Film

  • Best Supporting Actor (Tom Hiddleston)

  • Best Production Design

BET Awards

  • Best Actor (Idris Elba)

Costume Designers Guild Awards

  • Excellence in Fantasy Film

Empire Awards, UK

  • The Art of 3D

Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association – Dorian Awards

  • Campy Film of the Year

Georgia Film Critics Association Awards

  • Breakthrough Award (Tom Hiddleston)

Golden Schmoes Awards

  • Best Special Effects of the Year

Guild of Music Supervisors Awards

  • Best Music Supervision for Films Budgeted Over 20 Million Dollars

IGN Summer Movie Awards

  • Best Comic Book Adaptation Movie

Jupiter Awards

  • Best International Actress (Natalie Portman)

MovieGuide Awards

  • Best Film for Mature Audiences

MTV Movie + TV Awards

  • Best Hero (Chris Hemsworth as Thor)

People’s Choice Awards

  • Favorite Action Movie

Scream Awards

  • The Ultimate Scream

  • Best Fantasy Movie

  • Best Superhero (Chris Hemsworth as Thor)

  • Best Supporting Actress (Jamie Alexander)

  • Breakout Performance – Female (Jamie Alexander)

  • Breakout Performance – Male (Chris Hemsworth)

  • Breakout Performance – Male (Tom Hiddleston)

  • Best F/X

  • Best Comic Book Movie

SFX Awards, UK

  • Best Film

  • Best Director

Teen Choice Awards

  • Choice Movie Breakout: Male (Chris Hemsworth)

Visual Effects Society Awards

  • Outstanding Created Environment in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture (Heimdall’s Observatory)

  • Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture

World Soundtrack Awards

  • Soundtrack Composer of the Year