Monday, 14 May 2012
Thor gets stripped of his powers and exiled from this half-Tolkien, half-Nietzschean paradise. Landing in the middle of the New Mexican desert, he manages to get knocked down by a trio of scientists who chase tornadoes in the hope of finding wormholes, as one does. Alleged astrophysicist Natalie Portman instantly goes weak at the knees, as though she's just won a backstage pass to a Chippendale show. When she's not admiring Thor's abs, Portman spouts pseudo-science ('...if there's an Einstein-Rosen bridge, then there's something on the other side...'). Her likeable sidekick Kat Dennings offers comic relief ('Whoa, does he need CPR? 'Cause I totally know CPR!'), while Stellan Skarsgård plays the older scientist who looks into the distance while saying wisely banal things ('It's not a bad thing finding out that you don't have all the answers. You start asking the right questions.') Sadly, Thor shows that Hollywood is no longer interested in producing films about real people who speak as though they live on planet Earth.