Thor is by no means a great film in this day and age, but the circumstances of the movie make it a surprising one. One of my least favorite comic book characters is Thor. What fun is it to read about a god? There is little drama to be had there because even if he does there are many means for him to come back – more so than most comic book characters. I was not looking forward to Thor and have made it very clear, although I said that marketing would have problems with the movie. I’m silly. The Marvel movies are their own brand that people will give a watch at least once. Thor was an easy number one in the box office this weekend. Good for Marvel!
But the movie works, and that requires some exploration. Besides the fact that it was a movie that managed to balance its humor, action, and pseudo-drama, the movie seemed to speak to its primary audience of children born in the 80’s and 90’s. Thor and Loki were born into a generation of privilege. Their parents and the parents before them fought in wars and had to establish kingdoms or households, and the kids do not know how to be humble or ever want for anything. The results are arrogance and envy. Read the rest of this entry
Remember a while back when I talked about how tricky it would be to advertise for Thor? Aside from the commercial I posted, there’s no good way to advertise the movie. My deeper implication was that the movie would be bad because Thor is such an uninteresting character.
Thor is still an uninteresting character, but the movie isn’t just about him. This movie is about an arrogant brother humbled and a jealous brother empowered. The movie is as much about Loki as it is Thor; it is all the better for following their individual paths. I do not have much time to discuss the film right now, but I want to let you all know that Thor is worth seeing. Not only that, there are minorities included in the Norse Gods. The movie is slightly more progressive than all other superhero films. Well, if only by a minor percent.
Go see Thor! We’ll discuss it later.