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'Thor': A Fratty Hero, With Plenty Of Norsepower

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'Thor': A Fratty Hero, With Plenty Of Norsepower

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'Thor': A Fratty Hero, With Plenty Of Norsepower

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MELISSA BLOCK, Host:

"Thor" has already opened overseas and earned more than $100 million. Given the loyalty of his fans here in the States, a review may be beside the point, but Bob Mondello has one anyway.

BOB MONDELLO: It's origin-story time again at the multiplex: Superhero falls from sky and gets adopted by earthlings, in this case after they nearly run him over in the desert.

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NATALIE PORTMAN: (As Jane Foster) Do me a favor, don't be dead.

MONDELLO: That's astrophysicist Natalie Portman.

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KAT DENNINGS: (As Darcy Lewis) Whoa, he needs CPR because I totally know CPR.

MONDELLO: And her assistant Kat Dennings. And that's Chris Hemsworth as Thor, he of the type-A personality.

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DENNINGS: (As Darcy) Are you all right?

CHRIS HEMSWORTH: (As Thor) Hammer. Hammer?

DENNINGS: (As Darcy) Yeah, we can tell you're hammered, pretty obvious.

HEMSWORTH: (As Thor) What realm is this? (Unintelligible)?

DENNINGS: (As Darcy) New Mexico.

HEMSWORTH: (As Thor) You dare threaten me, Thor, with so puny a weapon?

MONDELLO: It was a Taser.

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DENNINGS: (As Darcy) What? He was freaking me out.

MONDELLO: There, we meet Thor's trickster brother Loki and his seriously annoyed dad, Odin, played respectively by Tom Hiddleston and Anthony Hopkins, both of whom are trained classical actors. So is the movie's director Kenneth Branagh, who's conjuring thunderbolts straight out of "King Lear."

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ANTHONY HOPKINS: (As Odin) (Unintelligible) of your king. You've woken these peaceful realms and innocent lives to the horror and desolation of war.

MONDELLO: Anyway, on Asgard, hurricanes frequently happen, if by hurricanes you mean windy dialog.

HOPKINS: (As Odin) I now take from you your power, in the name of my father and his father before. I, Odin of (unintelligible) cast you out.

MONDELLO: Unidentified Woman #1 (Actor): (As character) You know, for a crazy homeless person, he's pretty cut.

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MONDELLO: A frat-boy god-out-of-water, amusingly clueless about when throwing his weight around is manly and appealing and when it just makes him a jerk: in a diner, say, smashing coffee cups.

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HEMSWORTH: Unidentified Woman #2 (Actor): (As character) This is going on Facebook. Smile.

MONDELLO: I'm Bob Mondello.

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