I have a very quick story about this movie. I watched this movie the day it was released with a Norwegian friend of mine. He has never touched a comic book in his life, but he was an big enthusiast of mythology.... especially Norse mythology. As we watched this movie eating popcorn, I was having a surprisingly entertaining time. Not necessarily because of the movie, but from seeing my friend react to the movie. It was at that point that he realised this was a comic book movie and not a mythological piece.
'Thor' is about the 'God of Thunder' (Chris Hemsworth), the mighty and arrogant hero. His arrogance causes him to reignite an ancient war between two cultures. As a punishment, his father, Odin (Anthony Hopkins) banishes him to Earth. On Earth, he meets a stunning and intelligent scientist (Natalie Portman) and he experiences the wrath of his vengeful brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston).
What I loved about this movie is how they made a God feel human. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't one of those cliche movies where an alien comes to Earth and learns about cultures. It was very interesting to see a scientist interact with a God who comes from a world where science and magic are indistinguishable. The differences of culture and morals between these two characters were simply brilliant. Natalie Portman and Christ Hemsworth had great chemistry. Their dialogues and Thor's misunderstandings of Earth made this movie memorable.
Speaking of things that are memorable, the action sequences are fast and fun to watch. The first fight we see is very long and amazingly well choreographed. It is so amazing that the action sequences in the rest of the movie seemed very bland.
When it comes to acting, Chris Hemsworth definitely nailed it. He has the physique and he has done justice to the character. The same goes for Anthony Hopkins and Natalie Portman, however, there was one performance that made Marvel change their plans for future films, Tom Hiddleston's. Loki is an incredibly charismatic and smart villain. His mischievousness is very fun to watch in his fighting sequences.
Without a doubt, the strongest sides of 'Thor' are the visual effects and the costume department. Each Asgardian warrior has a different costume that has a different design and colour pattern. Also the fight scenes with thunder, flying and throwing were all very realistic and well-made CGI. I watched this movie in 2D but, I have heard many complaints about the 3D.
Overall, this movie is mighty fun. It doesn't have a mind-blowing plot or deep and complicated characters, but it's definitely a good-quality popcorn movie.