I've always been a geek girl. I love both superhero movies and sci-fi / fantasy films with a passion, and this movie totally sealed the deal. This fun, adventurous, visually appealing and surprisingly deep film is perfect for kids and adults alike (it's one of my mom's favorites). Sure, the CGI action in this movie isn't perfect - but it's also not the main focus of the film. What struck me as most wonderful in Thor was the story and the messages that it offered. It's a very beautiful story - a story of two brothers. Chris Hemsworth stars as the title character Thor - the Norse God of Thunder and the very arrogant, reckless son of Odin, king of Asgard. Thor is destined to take the throne, leaving his younger brother Loki (played gorgeously by Tom Hiddleston) in his shadow. But when the Frost Giants of Jotunheim are caught sneaking into Asgard in hopes of stealing back their Casket of Ancient Winters (won over by Odin once upon a time), Thor becomes furious with his father for not taking action and decides to confront the Jotuns himself. Long story short, Thor pulls a Thor and smashes everything, causing the war between the Frost Giants and the Asgardians to be renewed. Consequently, Odin banishes Thor to Earth, stripping him of his godly powers, to teach him the importance of humility and serenity. Odin sends Thor's magical hammer (and beloved weapon) Mjolnir to Earth along with him, but only after declaring that only the one who is worthy may lift it. Over the course of the film, Thor, with the help of his human friends, Jane Foster (who later becomes Thor's love interest), Erik Selvig, and Darcy Lewis, learns that strength and power are not the most important parts of being a king, but he should instead love and strive to keep peace. Meanwhile, on Asgard, Loki (after learning who he truly is - I won't spoil anything there), feeling betrayed and furious, is stirring up trouble and has conducted a terrible plan to take Thor's place as king. Thor has to acknowledge his past mistakes and stand up to his brother in order to save the kingdom and take his place as the rightful king of Asgard.
This movie is, as Common Sense mentions, unexpectedly complex and full of twists, thrilling visuals on Asgard, and a downright beautifully layered villain, Loki - seriously. I cannot stress to you enough how good Tom Hiddleston's acting is here. The whole cast is considerably good - Chris Hemsworth is great as Thor, and the legendary Anthony Hopkins is notably good at playing the Allfather Odin. While the romance falls short and far too rushed with Natalie Portman's Jane Foster (who, smart and kind as she may be, is the cliché two-day love interest), the story of Thor and Loki is truly one to enjoy.
Parents, there really isn't much to be concerned about: younger kids might be scared of the Frost Giants, but they're nothing too frightening. The violence isn't a concern - it's nothing bloody or particularly scary, and besides the fight between Thor and the Frost Giants at the beginning, there's really not that much. As for language and sexual content, very mild language for a PG-13 movie - "hell" and "dumba--" are about as bad as it gets, and there's a kiss between Jane and Thor. Very little to be concerned about.
The movie gets 4 stars from me - I've seen it more than 10 times and I'm eager to see where the story goes in Thor 2: The Dark World!