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posted by [personal profile] cathyr19355 at 04:46pm on 08/05/2011 under ,
Last night, [livejournal.com profile] esrblog and I went with [livejournal.com profile] pmat and [livejournal.com profile] shakati to see the latest movie bringing a Marvel comic hero to life: "Thor".

I understand from [livejournal.com profile] esrblog that this movie represents backstory for the character of Thor that did not appear in the original comic, so he couldn't really say that it was true to the comic or not. Consequently, I can't say very much about the film without emitting spoilers. (However, I can and will note, for the titillation of my costumer friends, that there was a scene in the movie set in 965 C.E., in a Viking age Scandinavian village, where we get a brief glimpse of a woman wearing a recognizable, Hedeby-style apron dress, held up with a convincing pair of tortoise brooches, over a long-sleeved off-white shift. Unfortunately, the dress itself was made of an ugly plaid fabric that looked like a cheap modern synthetic, but I was impressed that the film makers made that much of a nod to authenticity.)

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I'm of two minds about whether I liked this movie or not. On the one hand, the special effects--the bronze and gold towers of Asgard and the Bifrost Bridge itself--were neat. The film makers work hard to bolt a plausible science-fictional back story onto what, even in the movie itself, is mythology (one of Jane's colleagues is a gentleman of Scandinavian descent with a rough general knowledge of Norse myth). They don't succeed, but that's because the premises are so intrinsically absurd and not for lack of effort. On the other hand, there is so much hardware and so many explosions (yes, explosions) and so little characterization allowed to the actors that I found myself unable to care about what actually happened to the characters in the story.

Still, as [livejournal.com profile] esrblog remarked afterward, "It's a good summer popcorn movie." And I suppose it is. I don't regret paying for the tickets to go see it, anyway. But I suspect I'll enjoy the final Harry Potter movie more.
Mood:: 'dorky' dorky

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