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Reeling Reviews: Thor Review

RR: Who would have thought that Shakespearean actor/director Kenneth Branagh, who hasn't made a film since 2007's tepid "Sleuth" remake, would turn out to be just the right guy for a Marvel Comics tentpole? Then one considers the similarities - legendary Norse gods vs. royalty, universal themes of fathers and sons and the political machinations around the throne which turn family members traitorous - and he seems just right. Solid storytelling, production design that reflects comic book roots, a hugely charismatic lead in Aussie Chris Hemsworth ("Star Trek") and Sir Anthony Hopkins suppressing his inner ham to deliver a real performance all add up to make "Thor" a winner.

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