Thor does a good job establishing the Norse god as a being that could exist in the same world as Iron Man. “Your ancestors called it magic and you call it science,” Thor says. “Where I come from, they are one and the same.”
Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston turn in star-making performances. But the love story with Jane Foster and some of the sitcom-like humor (which doesn’t hold up well all these years later) keep this film from being truly great.
Still, the Shakespearean family dynamic (especially between the two leads) and Anthony Hopkins as Odin hold it together long enough to make for an entertaining film with a surprising turn or two toward the end. It’s a classic redemption tale told well that never takes itself too seriously, but brings in enough weight to make most of the relationships believable.
Best moment: After bringing the Frost Giants to Asgard to kill his father, Loki turns the tables on them at the last possible second.