Davis: Director Branaugh manages to pull off Thor

Chris Hemsworth (left) stars as Thor and  Anthony Hopkins as Odin in the blockbuster adaptation of the comic book.

Chris Hemsworth (left) stars as Thor and Anthony Hopkins as Odin in the blockbuster adaptation of the comic book.

Growing up, my favourite super-hero was Spider-man, however at one point Thor was a close second.

Based on Norse mythology, the comic book version is about the son of the god Odin who is cast out of Asgard (home of the Norse Gods) by his father to Midgard (Earth) to teach him a lesson in humility. While on Earth, Thor must prove himself to be worthy to wield the mythic hammer Mjölnir (pronounced myol-neer) and eventually re-enter Asgard to take over his father’s throne.

Up until recently, I was unconvinced that the comic could be successfully turned into a movie, and it has been in “development hell” for many years. However, Marvel Studios may have put together the right combination of talent to create a hit like they did with Iron Man, another of their “B-list” super-heroes.

Directed by Kenneth Branaugh, Thor stars Academy Award-winners Natalie Portman and Anthony Hopkins as well as Stellan Skarsgård and Chris Hemsworth as Thor. It has already received great reviews from critics with Rottentomatoes.com giving it a 93 per cent Fresh rating saying that it is a “…dazzling blockbuster that tempers its sweeping scope with wit, humour and human drama.”

Presented in 3D, Thor is rated PG with a warning of violence.

The Royal wedding has heralded the beginning of the wedding season, and the same goes for wedding-themed movies. First out of the gate is Something Borrowed, a romantic comedy starring Ginnifer Goodwin (He’s Just Not That Into You) as an unhappy single but talented lawyer in New York who has a drunken night with the man she has had a crush on since law school. The only problem is that he is also the fiancé of her best friend (Kate Hudson).

Rated PG with a warning of coarse and sexual language and violence, it is a “bridal shower” of a movie to the actual “event” next weekend which is Bridesmaids, described as The Hangover for women.

Speaking of wedding events, the Capitol Theatre will be hosting the wedding ceremony of Laura Gordon and Erich Neumann on Saturday, May 14. Laura and Erich are avid movie buffs and wished to celebrate their romance made in the movies at the theatre. Their vows will be exchanged starting at noon, prior to the afternoon performances, so moviegoers are invited to witness.

If you like quirky comedies like Juno and Little Miss Sunshine, you should check out Win Win at the Paramount. Starring Paul Giamatti as a struggling attorney who moonlights as a high school wrestling coach, it has received rave reviews scoring a 95 per cent Fresh rating on Rottentomatoes.

The Paramount Theatre is holding a Preview Party tonight at 6 p.m. Admission is a donation to the food bank and not only do you get to see previews for some of the hottest movies this summer, but you get a free small popcorn and a chance to win prizes. On top of that, you get to meet former Capitol Theatre assistant manger Ashley Kruger in her new digs as manager of the Paramount.

Rick Davis is the

manager of the Capitol Theatre in West Kelowna.

capitol_wes@landmarkcinemas.ca

 

 

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