My rating: 7
IMDB rating: 7.4
Another one of my hidden passions is the comic book. I am addicted to the magical qualities that lies within believing that whatever happens a handsome hero with (almost always) superhuman strength will come and rescue me/New York/the world or whatever comes first.
After the Avengers assembled in 2012 it was clear that superheroes have hit the big screen in a…. well, big way! And that is more or less is how not only the usual suspects (Superman, Spiderman and Batman), but now also characters such as Black Widow, Hawkeye and Nick Fury became household names.
But as the Thor-movies showed us, it was not only the heroes that were benefiting from this increased interest in the Marvel-world. Villains were also getting their fair share of the attention, cult-status and Halloween costumes. Whiplash, Aldrich Killian and the Winter Soldier are just a few examples of the villains that complemented their heroes very effectively.
But certainly the most famous, the most loved (?!) and the most desired of all these villains is the infamous Loki. In this third film where he appears we see him first as we left him in Avengers, as the malicious usurper, later as he joins forces with Thor, one cannot help wanting to grant him the redemption that he apparently seeks. And lastly, he shows his true colours as Loki, the trickster, the mythological disturber of reality and all the while he is both hilarious and handsome while doing all of this.
Thor, also did not disappoint. The fact that he is a god and not of this world can sometimes leave the audience feeling quite disconnected from him, but in this film we see Thor more in touch with his ‘human’, earth-like emotions. He declares his love for Jane and continues to protect her even though it causes the death of his brother.
Of course, for a blockbuster such as this, that ‘love-above-all-else’ or eternal devotion even in the face of mortality is very important as it provides a platform with a lot of association possibilities. Even though I detest blockbusters, this movie was quite a surprise. I loved the fact that (as with the first Thor-movie) they did not shy away from strong female leads, and for once it was not America but Britain being destroyed and finally the fact that it stays true to its association with the Norse mythology.
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