Thor 1 & 2 (2011, 2013) – Ace Mini-Review

Thor
Written by: Ashley Miller, Zack Stentz, Don Payne, J. Michael Straczynski, Mark Protosevich
Directed by: Kenneth Branagh
U.S.A., 2011

Thor: The Dark World
Written by: Christopher L. Yost, Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, Don Payne, Robert Rodat
Directed by: Alan Taylor
U.S.A., 2013

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston

How good are these movies?

Of the movies focused on the individual Avengers, the Thor films may not be the best, but they are my personal favourites.  From the high fantasy setting to the pretty music and artwork to the adorable dynamic between Thor and his Scoobies to the high-stakes drama, this is right up my alley.  It has the strongest female cast of any contemporary MCU movie.  A flying hammer is a great prop for action sequences, especially when combined with interdimensional portals.  Perhaps most of all, though, these are very easy films to relate to.  Beneath the epic Romance style with its Big Feelings, Grand Gestures, and High Stakes, they deal with themes – longing for parental approval, wrestling with internalised prejudice, having a family member with mental health issues, feeling betrayed by a loved one – that many people are familiar with.  And that makes the characters feel very real, despite their superficial alienness.

How ace are these movies?

A major part of the films is the love story between Thor and Jane.  The two know each other for only a couple of days in the first movie but are apparently so in love by the end of the second movie that Thor is willing to abandon his father, his kingdom, and all his royal responsibilities so he can be with her.  However, the real driving force of the story is not this romance but the familial relationship between Thor, Odin, and Loki.  There are many themes in this relationship, but, from an ace perspective, the most interesting may be Thor and Loki’s different understandings of “family”.  In Loki’s eyes, blood makes a family; the revelation that he is adopted prompts him to question his relationship with his parents and disown his brother.  In Thor’s eyes, love makes a family; it doesn’t matter to him if Loki is his “real” brother or not; what matters is their shared experiences and the emotional bond between them.  As a result, over the course of the films, Thor is confronted with the fact that someone he loves doesn’t value their relationship because it doesn’t fit his standards of what a relationship is “supposed” to look like.  That’s a familiar situation for many aces, who may devote themselves to non-sexual or non-romantic relationships only to find those relationships devalued because they don’t fit a normative standard.  And, like Thor, many of us have had our hearts broken as a result.

3 Stars; 3 Aces

2 thoughts on “Thor 1 & 2 (2011, 2013) – Ace Mini-Review

  1. sildarmillion says:

    In Thor’s eyes, love makes a family; it doesn’t matter to him if Loki is his “real” brother or not; what matters is their shared experiences and the emotional bond between them. As a result, over the course of the films, Thor is confronted with the fact that someone he loves doesn’t value their relationship because it doesn’t fit his standards of what a relationship is “supposed” to look like. That’s a familiar situation for many aces, who may devote themselves to non-sexual or non-romantic relationships only to find those relationships devalued because they don’t fit a normative standard. And, like Thor, many of us have had our hearts broken as a result.

    Dang!

    Like

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