June 2, 2011

June 2, 2011

In My Opinion: Thor

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a Marvel girl through-and-through. My dad purchased thousands of comics as a young Milwaukee lad, most of which he kept until my mom made him sell them. (Ah, young love.) Spider-Man, Submariner, Fantastic Four, and so on. Merely the tales of a generation’s youth until Stan Lee started turning them into films a few years ago. The latest: Thor.

You’re probably more familiar with the actual Norse mythology than with the Marvel one. Suffice to say that movie Thor gets kicked out of Asgard for being cocky. He’s banished to earth, where he meets some scientists. Even though one of them is very pretty, Thor is mostly concerned with getting his hammer back (not a euphemism) and returning to Asgard. However, the gang is soon confronted by the government, because we feds like nothing more than screwing around with superheroes.

(You may have been as confused as I was to see Natalie Portman in the trailers for Thor. I mean, after Black Swan, this had to be a bit of a letdown, right? It’s like Halle Berry’s Monster’s Ball to Catwoman transition.)

There is additional familial drama with Thor’s father and brother and whatnot, but who hasn’t a little familial drama?

I’ve never been much for blondes (or the Norse) (or overtly buff guys), so I had trouble really cheering Thor on. Had he pulled out some Ikea, we might have had a different story. I felt like this movie was best positioned as a prequel to the Avengers, an upcoming film that will gather several of the lesser Marvel heroes into a sort of superhero Seal Team 6. (Careful watchers noticed the introduction of Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye in this movie.)

I’m a fan of mindless summer blockbusters, of course, and this certainly qualifies. The amusement inherent in a fish-out-of-water tale (deity though he may be) is enough to get you through. But it’s no Spider-Man.

2 Fish in a Sea of Diet Coke:

Thor was a good cinematic romp. He had some funny one-liners and we dug the introduction of Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye! Excited about the Avengers and also wondering how we will see Lokhi again...

Did you stay for the post-credits scene? Try to find it online if you didn't. It sets up "The Avengers" and might answer some of your questions...