We first heard of this movie at the end of Iron Man 2, when the S.H.I.E.L.D agent drives out to a desert local to where a hammer fell from the sky. We've been seeing trailers since last fall. We went to see it tonight.The movie was way better than I had any right to expect. For a movie like this, it's hard to get a sense of how good the movie is going to be from the trailers. But generally this is the sort of movie we'll go to see unless the reviews are really bad. I didn't bother to read any review of this prior to going to see it because it looked like it would be fun. And it was great fun. Taking a quick look over at Rotten Tomatoes it looks like in general the movie is getting good reviews.
The movie also has some talent involved. It was directed by Kenneth Branagh. Natalie Portman plays 'that mortal woman', and Odin is played by Anthony Hopkins (although he doesn't have much to do beyond looking god-like). Chris Hemsworth plays Thor as sort of an all-powerful frat boy who comes to realize that with great power comes great responsibility (OK, that was corny). The only thing I've ever seen him in was the Star Trek re-boot where he played Captain Kirk's father. I had to look that up.
It's going to be a block-buster summer, if you like that sort of thing. We saw trailers for Conan the Barbarian (not sure a remake of this was needed, but we'll be there), Captain America, Green Lantern, X-Men:First Class, and Cowboys & Aliens. We're looking forward to them all.