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Thor : A Movie Review

Thor has always been The Crowgrrl’s favorite Marvel title since I was a hatchling. I’m still addicted to these comics! So my adrenaline was pumping overtime from the very first rumblings years ago about a Marvel Thor movie being in the works, before the cast was even chosen! Let me tell you, I could not get to the theatre fast enough as soon as Thor was released, and I was NOT disappointed! The movie is excellent! Well worth the wait.

For those not savvy to Norse Mythology, we’re given the back story of how the Aesir (Asgardian Gods) protected the Scandinavian people from the wrath of the Jotuns (Frost Giants). At the end of the war, which resulted in a truce, the Asgardians took possession of a chest – the Jotun’s treasured power talisman. We find later that Odin (Anthony Hopkins) took something else as well – an innocent Jotun infant whose father was defeated in the war. Odin and his wife Frigga (Rene Russo) raised the child as their own – Thor’s (Chris Hemsworth) younger brother, Loki. (Tom Hiddleston) Loki – the Trickster God of Norse Mythology – grew up in his Thunder God brother’s shadow, and although he hid it from onlookers, his jealousy knows no bounds.

Fast forward to a ceremony where Odin is naming Thor his heir. The ceremony is interrupted as a trio of Jotuns infiltrate the palace halls and attempt to steal back their power chest. They’re defeated, but the mood of the day is ruined, and the petulant prince is determined to find out how the Jotuns were able to get inside the heavily guarded walls. Odin forbids him from stirring up trouble that would jeopardize the truce between the races.

Of course, the headstrong Thor doesn’t listen, and gathers his friends: Sif (Jaime Alexander) – who was actually Thor’s wife in Norse Mythology, but not in the comics nor movie – and the “Warriors Three” – Fandral (Joshua Dallas),Hogun (Tadanobu Asano) and Volstagg. (Ray Stevenson) Of course, Loki also joins the party. They travel to Jotunheim to ask the Jotun king about the attempted robbery, but a snide remark from said king angers Thor, who then flies into a battle rage, almost igniting an all-out war. Luckily, the Guardian of Bifrost the Rainbow Bridge, Heimdall (Idris Elba) informed Odin about the group’s whereabouts, and he went in his own warlike majesty to bring them home and assure the Jotun king that the truce has not been broken.

When back on Asgard, Odin decides that his son must learn humility, responsibility, and other lessons a true leader must embrace. He strips Thor of his Godlike powers, throws Thor’s enchanted hammer Mjolnir through a wormhole towards Midgard – which we know better as Earth – and then banishes his son to Midgard as well to walk among Mortals and learn to become a better man and wiser future ruler.

However, he gets to Earth disoriented and angry. He’s found by astrophysicist Jane Foster (Natalie Portman)– who was actually a nurse in the original comics – and her team who were investigating the meteoric activity and whatever the phenomenon was that the wormhole created.

A second wormhole phenomenon the same night deposited Mjolnir to another part of the New Mexico desert. It’s found by a local redneck, who alerts others to this thing that can’t be lifted. It becomes a Good Ol’Boy competition to try to lift, akin to hopefuls trying to extract Excalibur from the stone in Arthurian legends. Stan Lee even makes a cameo here as a contender who tries to chain Mjolnir to his pickup truck to try to get it to move. The Feds, who get wind of this, clear the area and build a heavily guarded fortress around the hammer, and confiscate all of Jane’s research and equipment.

Meanwhile, back on Asgard, Odin falls into the annual trance called “The Odinsleep”, and Loki uses the opportunity to crown himself King of Asgard. He declares Thor’s banishment permanent, and plots to bring Jotuns into Asgard to slay Odin while he’s comatose. He even sends a monstrous android to Earth to kill Thor and anyone else who stands in its way just in case Thor somehow gets his powers back and finds out what’s going on.

I’m not going to spoil anything from here – I strongly recommend that you go see this for yourself. Especially in 3D! And do stay until after the credits have run – there might be a surprise there as well.

The way Thor explained Ygdrassil – the World Tree of Norse Mythology – as a cosmic bridge between planets – was absolutely profound, and makes a lot of sense!

~Athena Schaffer