Sunday, May 15, 2011

Movie: Thor

“The son of Odin and Jord, the earth goddess. Thor the strongest of the Aesir, the collective name for the principal race of Norse gods; the who lived in Asgard, and with the All-Father Odin, ruled the lives of mortal men. Known as the god of Thunder …  Thor, they say, presides over the air, he governs the thunder and lightening the winds and rains, fair weather and crops … If plague and famine threaten, a libation is poured to the idol Thor”

This is the original “myth” of the God of Thunder and anyone who has ever studied Norse Mythology or Mythology in general would know that “Thor” the movie just released this month portrays this image more or less at the beginning of Thor’s well known existence throughout Norse Mythology.

The movie starts with Odin (Anthony Hopkins) explaining to his two sons how the Ice Giants were defeated and set into a common neutralism set down by himself. Instantly you can tell between the two younger versions of Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and his brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston), who is who. Thor being the eagerly anxious young boy ready to fight like his father did, and Loki being the sensible intellectual type wanting to know more about the Ice Giants themselves rather than how they were defeated. It is a touching yet good introduction into one of mythologies greatest stories for those individuals who have not a clue about it.

As the movie progresses showing us the quirky duo of Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) and Darcy Lewis (Kate Dennings) and of course Jane Fosters long time friend and professor (I believe) Eric Selving (Stellan Skarsgard) the audience can start to tell how this very old myth will be brought into the 21 Century with the introduction of Worm Holes and the studies of other Dimensions done by the character Jane Foster.

At first I could not understand how a God as arrogant and self righteous as Thor would fall in love with a plain overly eager scientist like Jane, but their differences and the mysterious nature of their meeting brings them closer together than one would think. I will not give anything away, but as Thor is banished from Asgard for a very teenage style disobedient act against is father it becomes extremely interesting and humorous as Thor becomes accustomed to be an average (very good looking and god like) individual who Jane accidentally hits with her mini van … twice! The first time it happens, is the first time Jane and him meet in the middle of New Mexico desert, although the second time it is a very heart warming but also funny moment as she goes looking for him and ends up backing into him at the hospital parking lot where she had originally left him.

As the movie reaches the climatic parts, Thor has come a long way from his previous arrogant self. He has become aware that he may not be going back home ever, and learns that perhaps the life he currently has fallen into is not so bad even if he is a God. He learns the meaning of being all powerful, and not having to use that power ALL the time. As he settles into his odd friendship with Jane, Darcy and Eric his four friends (Hogan, Fandral, Sif, and Volstagg - the Warriors Four) appear on earth to warn him of the on coming danger to this little town. He decides that he will face this danger even though he no longer has his power, hammer or God immortality. It pulls at your heart strings as he protects Jane and his little misfit family he has grown to admire. When Thor finally falls the audience gets a sense of that old movie comfort of knowing that he has become once again worthy of his power and Hammer. Even though he has defeated the current evil on Earth he learns the truth of the attack and must go back to Asgard.

His farewell with Jane is as any other goes, although he is very courteous and chivalrous Jane is not. After he is done promising he will return and find her, making all the girls in the theatre sigh in unison, Jane decides that isn’t good enough and pulls him in for a very long prolonged kiss. As returning to Asgard to fix what damage has been done while he has been away, Thor must make a heart breaking choice, and destroy his only way back to earth to ensure all the dimensions are safe, having to break his promise to Jane as the audience now realises.

In the end the evil is thwarted, all is right between Thor and his Father, and he will become the All-Father of Asgard once his father steps down from the position. Everything Thor has ever wanted from the beginning of the movie is now coming true, but Thor himself has changed and no longer wants any of it. He takes a walk to the Gate Keeper of the bridge that he himself had destroyed, and asks him if he can see Jane on earth, the Gate Keeper can, and she is continuously looking for him (Thor). This brings hope and a smile to Thor as he knows one day he will return to earth.

Overall as a super hero movie this movie is by far one of the best for plot, and character development. You have a great plot at the beginning and end, leaving the audience with a feeling of wanting more, and knowing there will be more. The audience isn’t left by saying it was a disappointment or that it was the best thing since sliced bread, but it was enjoyable as movies are suppose to be. The actors that were chosen were superb in my opinion, and they did a relativity good job in making the myth and the movie coincide with one another (which is a huge thing for me because I am a history student and hate when they try and make a movie out of a myth and get it ALL wrong … Clash of the Titans … just saying).

The other aspect of the plot I found very interesting as a personal interest is the storyline between Jane and Thor on a scientific aspect/ Jane is studying other Dimensions and Worm Holes and Thor explains how he got here through something called "Bifrost Bridge portal" (he describes it as a Rainbow Bridge). And also how there is proof of other dimensions through the description and myth of the Nine Realms, unified by the world tree Yggdrasil. It is a very creative way of connection the two story lines of Jane and Thor through her studies which also appear to be something Thor can relate too seeing as he grew up learning about it although in a different context.

If you haven’t seen this movie I recommend that you spend the money and go and see it. It is a fantastic movie, the story line is great and stays in track and if for any other reason Chris Hemsworth is a fabulously attractive man and is the perfect choice for the God of Thunder!

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