1. Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

IMDB Rating: 7.9/10
RottenTomatoes Rating: 93%

Imprisoned on the other side of the universe, Thor, the mighty God of Thunder, finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok – the destruction of his homeland and the end of Asgardian civilization – at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela.

Why It’s A Major Performance:
Chris Hemsworth’s character as Thor took a drastic and positive turn in the third installment of the standalone Thor series. The actor successfully demonstrated his redoubtable comic timing and charm, digging deeper into the humor of his character, and truly coming into his own.

In addition, Hemsworth proved that he could carry a film with his star power alone. The movie’s success was as much about his performance as it was about director Taika Waititi’s unique vision. The film showcased Hemsworth’s Thor in a newer light, one that has shaped the future of the character direction in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

2. Avengers: Endgame (2019)

IMDB Rating: 8.4/10
RottenTomatoes Rating: 94%

“Avengers: Endgame” continues with the Avengers on a quest to undo the devastating events of “Infinity War,” which wiped out half of all life in the universe. The surviving team members in a grand alliance with their allies, stage an ultimate, inescapable showdown with Thanos.

Why It’s A Major Performance:
Hemsworth’s performance in “Avengers: Endgame” is considered one of his finest and most compelling. He convincingly depicts Thor’s pain and guilt over failing to prevent Thanos from executing his plan. The film sees the Norse God hit a rock-bottom of sorts, and Hemsworth navigates the seemingly irreconcilable blend of comedy and heartbreak with apparent ease.

The actor effectively manages to bring a lot of depth and nuance to a character initially designed to be one-dimensional, peeling away layers of Thor and significantly contributing to the character’s overall arc development in the MCU. Hemsworth’s Thor in “Endgame” stands out for its maturity in handling grief and failure, and the realistic portrayal of the character’s emotional journey renders authenticity to the film.

3. Rush (2013)

IMDB Rating: 8.1/10
RottenTomatoes Rating: 89%

“Rush” is based on the real-life rivalry between two of the greatest Formula One drivers, James Hunt and Niki Lauda. It chronicles their personal and professional competition during the 1976 Formula One season.

Why It’s A Major Performance:
In this riveting biopic directed by Ron Howard, Hemsworth lent genuine charisma and intensity to James Hunt, a playboy race car driver with a fierce determination to win. He managed to convincingly capture Hunt’s reckless, adrenalin-fueled pursuit of victory, revealing his remarkable range as an actor beyond the confines of the MCU.

Moreover, “Rush” demonstrated Hemsworth’s potential to shoulder a film outside of the Marvel universe. His dominant screen presence and compelling performance established him as a versatile actor, equally adept at both drama and action, making it a landmark movie in his career.

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