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Monday May 16, 2011

Movie Review of the Day: Anthony Lane on Thor

“Some Gods have all the luck. When the hero of ‘Thor’ plummets to Earth, from a far corner of the cosmos, in a storming thunderbolt, the first thing he sees upon waking is the face of Natalie Portman. Not a sheep, or a branch of Subway, or a rainy day in Pittsburgh but, I repeat, Natalie Portman. He must think he has died and gone straight back to Heaven ...

”Once Thor stirs, the film itself comes belatedly to life.The first twenty minutes or so have been spent in otherworlds, reachable only by intergalatic wormholes. One is Asgard, a haven of golden towers ruled by Thor's father, the one-eyed Odin (Anthony Hopkins), and closely modelled on the cover of every mid-seventies concept album you wished you'd never bought ...

“‘Thor,’ in fact, is the year’s most divided movie to date; everything that happens in the higher realms, vaguely derived from Nordic legend, is posturing nonsense, whereas the scenes down here are managed, for the most part, with dexterity and wit.“

—Anthony Lane, ”The Current Cinema," in the May 16, 2011 New Yorker

Natalie Portman wakes the God of Thunder in "Thor"

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Posted at 06:01 PM on Monday May 16, 2011 in category Movie Reviews  
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