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Re: Thor

I liked it - it wasn't as epic as I was hoping in scope, but it handled the mythos well, there was sufficient humour to ground it, and the grandeur of Asgard and the cosmic avenues it opens up for the rest of the Marvel Movieverse lent that right bit of spice to whet our appetites for the movies to come.

I loved Jaimie Alexander as Sif, though, and wish she had more time. I found her much hotter than Natalie Portman's Jane, but then I'm biased because I've always preferred badass Sif to slightly wet Jane.

I was really happy with the handling of Loki. They could have gotten all comic booky bwah-ha-ha God Of Evil on us, but Branagh and Hiddleston actually gave us a really subtle Loki. You saw the quiet way he was manipulating people, all Iago-like, but ultimately his motivations were not as one-dimensional as mere mischief, conquest or jealousy. The twists in his plan showed how Loki's mind works on multiple levels and people keep underestimating or not being able to comprehend how labyrinthine his schemes are - and that's the way it should be! Kieron Gillen understands this, as seen in the latest issue of Journey into Mystery when Young Loki speaks to the shade of his dead self.

Ultimately, Thor defeats Loki not by outwitting him but the way Thor does best: sheer brute force. And you know that Loki's last move was calculated and he was already working that in as a variable for the rematch. It was reminiscent also of the love-hate Shakespearean struggles between the two and Odin of the Simonson era, where even Loki will take up arms to defend his family and home. Loki as a character and as an actor in this movie was great.

If I could wish for something, it'd be a companion live action Tales of Asgard TV series going along the lines of Game of Thrones...

Date: 2011-04-29 12:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
How were the other Asgardian supporting character? Heimdal, The Warriors Three, etc? Did we see Huegin and Munin in the background by any chance? And while I know the answer is no, no matter how badly I want it to be yes, we didn't get a single mention of Beta Ray Bill right?

Date: 2011-04-30 12:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Heimdall was pretty awesome, which is as to be expected from Idris Alba. The Warriors Three had a decent showing, although Volstagg was okay, a tad understated. Then again, with anybody else but Brian Blessed in the role, Volstagg would be understated. Didn't notice the ravens, and no mention of Bill.

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