Let’s bring up a THOR subject

Thor continues the string of connected MARVEL comics films that began with Iron Man. Although different in tone, it soars to similar heights thanks to director Kenneth Branagh and the cast. The film deals with some core issues of sin, (particularly arrogance and jealousy) and emphasizes the need for strong discipline from a loving father that yields the fruit of righteousness.

Plus, there’s a dude with a hammer hitting things. What more do you want?

We’ll follow this up with some elaboration as the video review is effectively spoiler-free. From the spiritual parallels to the future Avengers cameos, there’s a little more we’ll unpack in written review later regarding Loki, Thor, and Odin.

  1. Adam Foerster

    Excelent review.
    I has been quite a while since your previous review, why the hiatus?

  2. T.J.

    I think Thor would be a great movie to do for film & theology. At least as far as superhero films go, there is a lot there. Then again, we have quite a lot of superhero flicks coming out this summer that might have just as much going on!

  3. James

    I was banished to Midgard?

  4. Alex Humphrey

    Great review! I missed these. With a great summer movie season I hope you’re able to keep this up!

  5. Thornet

    Remember Charlie, from LOST, singing his refrain to whomever entered a dialog with him: “You are everybody!”

    Frustration hits our souls from time to time. We’re displeased about a certain shortcoming, or about several long term issues. In order to face them, to deal with them, we have to accept them first, to discipline ourselves. We seldom do that. Instead we’re looking for handy “patches” around us. We try to identify with someone else. We tend to find a fix, a cure, or even to throw the blame out there, instead of looking for a solution within us. And so, unknowingly, we accept to “be everybody” but we fail to understand what “everybody” means to us.

    Case in point, Thor makes a bad move, Odin rightfully casts him away for his arrogance. But the one who provoked the situation, who gave way to the enemy in Asgard, is not Thor. See that there’s a hidden cause for things and events that happen. This hidden cause lays with “everybody” and we often ignore that we are manipulated. Our fault is when we break the com with our Lord and start listening to “everybody.” Then we identify with the wrong cause, which actually comes from a certain person. Because there’s no cause coming from nothing, or from “everybody.”

    And, as you say, this is where we want to be the center of the story, disregarding discipline and listening to the wrong guy [like in the short final scene of the film, after the closing credits].

    Thanks for your great review!

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