May 9, 2011
Thor nominally passed the Bechdel Test in the very first scene.
The second scene had Vikings.
So you have to realize, I was completely in love with this movie before we even got to the plot.
Moving on, the entire first act is this awesome uber fantasy D&D adventure quest with very high level warriors and a mage in a super-awesome computer-generated Asgard full of iconic imagery like water flowing off the edge of the world against a nebula-spattered star scape. It’s Jack Kirby’s Asgard. I was so excited my friends had to tell me to stop bouncing.
The story was simple and got the job done, which I appreciated. It held together. It had emotion and consequence. The action bounced back and forth between Earth and Asgard, which was fine, because the story was about how events in one realm impacted the other. There was a moment where I thought, “Well, that’s kind of a deus ex machina.” Then I thought, “Well of course it is!”
I want Loki’s trenchcoat.
Chris Hemsworth is a delight and joy as Thor. He’s got the build, the attitude, the presence. The ripped body. The ginger beard. . .those searing blue eyes. . .that amazing smile. . .the hand kissing. . .the wet t-shirt in the rain. . .did I mention the utterly disarming smile. . .erf. . .yum. . .yeah. . . . . . . . . .
I also still have a huge crush on Agent Colson because he’s so damned competent, and I love that.
I have to say something about The Avengers now, because I think this may be the biggest movie project since Lord of the Rings. What Marvel Films has to do: Make 5-6 movies (depending on how you count the Iron Man movies) that all hit a similar tone — humorous, exciting, heroic — that each stands alone and yet ties together as chapters in a larger epic. When the project was first announced, after the wild success of Iron Man, I was skeptical. Could they actually maintain some kind of continuity and keep the momentum going to A) get down each character’s story, and B) tie it all together in a real honest-to-God Avengers movie?
Well, I think they’re going to do it. They’ve nailed two characters. They’re throwing in more easter eggs than a bunny convention (I’m so glad I brought my comics buddy along to explain things like Hawkeye’s cameo). The movies are planting MacGuffins, and I have no doubt they’ll pay off down the road. They’ve earned my trust. The Captain America trailers look amazing — iconic, atmospheric. I’m pretty much sold. What’s more, at this point I CANNOT WAIT to see Chris Hemsworth’s Thor and Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man together in a movie. Those two will positively hate each other. And yet they’ll get the job done, because they’re THE AVENGERS! It’ll be awesome. I hope.