Thor, the first among so many action adventure "summer" 2011 flicks, delivers just what the gods ordered: tons of "ahhhh"-inducing, screen-filling FX, lots of vivid explosions (an entire New Mexico town is decimated: fabulous!!), super-heroic exploits, an entertaining story about an other-worldly superhero transported to mundane Earth and, of course, the most beautiful special effect of all: breakout Aussie lead Chris Hemsworth's stunning blue eyes. His abs and biceps don't hurt one iota, either.
Based on the Marvel comic book, young Thor is the arrogant son of King Odin (Anthony Hopkins), who is banished to Earth as a mere mortal. Enter a willowy Natalie Portman, who pals with Thor as he attempts to save the world, in fact, the entire solar system, sans his all-powerful hammer. The result, of course, is humility and a return to glory back in Asgard, his home galaxy.
Thor has triumphed at the box office for a second week, taking in $119 million stateside and more than $317 million globally. Can you say Thor II? (Yes, please!)
Up next for Hemsworth is Snow White and the Huntsman, in which he, the huntsman, is on the run with Snow White (Kristen Stewart!?) after disobeying the Evil Queen (Charlize Theron), who demands that Hemsworth kill Ms. White. The movie sounds dreadful in theory, eh, though the notion of someone slaying Stewart is delicious. At least it will be nice to see Theron back in action. Hopefully, she has a poison apple to further tempt Stewart from grimacing through another Twilight movie. Amen.