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Gods. Asgard. Odin. The rainbow bridge. This is the stuff that Viking boys clamor around Grampa Bjorn’s feet to hear by the light of the bonfire. Brought to life on the big screen by Kenneth Branagh, Thor is impressive—and does not disappoint.
Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Loki (Tom Hiddleston) are brothers, sons to the King of Asgard, Odin. Thor, the war-hero, blond-locked and blue eyed, wielding the mighty Mjolnir, a hammer of immeasurable power. Loki could not be more opposite—crafty, lithe, and a master of magic. Thor rushes into battle, swinging first and asking questions later. Loki works angles, plots and politicizes behind the scenes.
The main conflict with the people of Asgard comes from the Frost Giants, a race of large, blue-skinned goliaths that can turn people to ice with a touch. Thor’s reckless actions against the Frost Giants reignites an ancient war, and Odin banishes Thor to Earth as punishment. Loki, for his own reasons, has struck a deal with the Frost Giants to take over Asgard—as Thor’s closest warriors look for a way to bring their fallen leader back home.
Thor is a bit of an oxymoron—it’s an epic comic book movie with incredible special effects, but with a very real, emotional heart beating at its center. More than that, it’s laugh-out-loud funny at moments. The thunder god from Asgard, suddenly thrust onto Earth without any powers, brought down by a taser or accidentally backed over by a truck. It’s pretty funny stuff.
The movie is perfectly cast. Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) and Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgard) play scientists, studying the strange atmospheric phenomenon that brings Thor to Earth. Tom Hiddleston as Loki is amazing; humble, a perfect, supportive brother, until we see his plan unfold as he stands in his father’s place as King.
Overall, Thor is a blast. The action scenes married to the CGI effects are stunning. The story, for a comic book movie, has twists, surprises, and heart. Rated PG-13 for the fantasy violence, Thor is a fantastic watch for preteens on up.
“Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” 1 Peter 5:5 A main thread throughout Thor is pride. Thor himself is the strongest, best-looking, holds the mightiest weapon, and is in line to take the throne of all of Asgard. He even rebukes his father Odin, King of Asgard, calling him an old man, and a fool. Thor has everything—but he’s prideful. It’s that pride that causes him to fall to Earth, where he must learn what it means to be a true leader of men. Jesus was God in the flesh, yet pride was nowhere to be found. He took the role of a humble man, a simple carpentry tradesman, and yet still changed lives. Not with brawn, not with huge displays of Godly power—but simple, personal, humble, face-to-face conversations with people. We can look at Thor and see the arc of his character, from mighty hero, fallen from grace, to powerful leader with an understanding and humble heart. After returning to Asgard, one of the first things Thor says to his father is, “I have much to learn.” We, too, can take on this perpetual-student posture. We all have much to learn, lest we become prideful and forced to fall. Questions: Talk about pride: Where have you seen it? When have you experienced it? What are some ways you or someone else has been humbled? Why do you think God resists pride?