Speaking of the aforementioned nondancing dancer, I went to see Thor -- because I wanted to find out why Kenneth Branagh was directing a comic book movie. Well, the answer seems to be "For the money." It's not a bad movie; it's just not the treat for the eye I've come to expect in fantasy movies. There are a few stunning visuals, but they're high spots, not part of a consistent design. The buildings in Asgard, for instance, made me think of the façades of art deco movie houses. Most of the fight sequences were filmed with swooping cameras that keep you from seeing what's really happening. The acting is good, with the exception of an unconvincing Natalie Portman (!). I was especially taken with Stellan Skarsgård, in the sort of role Denholm Elliot was playing toward the end of his life. Thor is entertaining; it's just nothing to write home about.