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There's something fundamentally wrong with Kenneth Branagh's "Thor" and it may be right in front of everyone. That's not to say there doesn't seem to be a lot to love about the Marvel Studios picture. The sets? Stunning. The costumes? Immaculate. The cast's overall pedigree? More than impressive. However, this pundit -- and quite a few other attendees -- were hardly blown away by the extended preview that made its debut at Comic Con a mere 10 months before the 3-D epic hits theaters. This was not a euphoric "iron Man" reaction. Shoot, this room didn't even buzz as they had for "Watchmen," "300" or "Kick-Ass." There may be many issues with the picture, but the biggest seems to be its star: Chris Hemsworth. The Aussie may be a delightful fellow and talented actor, but in the footage shown he didn't demonstrate any of the gravitas you'd expect from the God of Thunder. On a superficial level he "looks" the part, but his cadence and body language is too fresh-faced for Earthlings to believe he was ever a Norse "god" thousands of years ago. There is no experience there, no imposing presence. And if you're a "Thor" fan? That's not a good thing.
- Gregory Ellwood