I think about a world to come where the books were found by the golden ones, written in pain, written in awe by a puzzled man who questioned, "What are we here for?" All the strangers came today and it looks as though they're here to stay.

-David Bowie "Oh! You Pretty Things"

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Thor (2011)

Is it just me, or did all of the trailers for Thor make it look like a waste of time?

Well, it wasn't, plain and simple. It's already easily one of the best films of 2011. A couple of years ago two films, Iron Man and The Dark Knight, forced us to take comic book movies seriously. Since then, however, nothing else has really required the same from us. Until Kenneth Branagh's Thor, that is.

Thor is able to present a straight-up balls-out superhero film while at the same time presenting a deep narrative regarding issues of family, power, magic and science. The film ties into the overarching Avengers narrative without feeling cheap, and stands alone as either the best or the second best of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

It's also one of my favorite Kenneth Branagh flicks, which really says something.

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