A Less-Than Electrifying Thor Drawing the Female Gaze │ Pinay.com
By Resha Destiny
WARNING: There are possible spoilers after the first paragraph.
MY RATING: 6 out of 10
We all enjoy watching movies and visiting movie houses with our family, with our partners or with our girlfriends. Choosing the genre depends on what we look for inside the movie house—for escape, entertainment, engagement (oh, those French and ‘indie’ flicks!), or just simply just to kill time and have fun. Pinay.com will visit movie houses and DVD stores to look for flicks that will definitely appeal to the Filipina taste and preference.
Last November, I saw Marvel and Hollywood’s later offering to moviegoers.
Thor: The Dark World is the sequel to 2011’s Thor. The film is directed by Alan Taylor and stars Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), and Natalie Portman (Jane Foster).
The plot of Thor: The Dark World is a rejoiner after the subplot in the ‘crossover’ (of superheroes) film, The Avengers in 2012. With Loki imprisoned and a new enemy from the past planning to take over an ancient power, Thor is then forced to make unexpected decisions and even forged partnership with an unlikely ally.
Thor, in mythology, is the Norse God of Thunder. He is the son of Odin and Frigga, as well as the heir to the throne of Asgard. This film’s Thor is mostly based on the Marvel comics’ character, who first appeared in issue #83 of Journey Into Mystery, an American comic book originally published by Atlas Comics before Marvel Comics acquired the company in August 1962.
With the film’s blend of mythological and pop culture references, it is interesting to highlight some interesting minutest visual details in the film. One is the cameo of Stan Lee, the character’s creator as well as the former president of Marvel Comics, in scenes with Erik Selvig in the mental ward.
Another is from the same scene which involves the blackboard behind him with the drawing of Yggdrasil. Yggdrasil in Norse mythology is a sacred and immense ash tree which is connected to the ‘9 realms’ (which, according to the Norse mythology, the branches of Yggdrasil reach heaven). The image of this sacred ‘tree’ is what is precisely shown in the blackboard save for a circled item that says ‘616 Universe’. The latter is the number assigned to the Marvel Mainstream Universe.
Hemsworth is the perfect picture of Thor as long as he doesn’t speak. His acting is more wooden than before. What’s present is the obvious chemistry between him and Loki, as well as the effective humor in scenes where their egos clash.
The female eye is obviously being manipulated to ogle Hemsworth’s rippling abs in a useless scene, as well as the scene where Darcy Lewis (played by Kat Dennings) comments on him being ‘muscled’ as ever. I don’t think that’s the first thing one says to one’s friend’s boyfriend, especially if the boyfriend in concern is a Norse God who came to earth.
Another useless frame is the Chinese man close-up as the chaos is spreading. Obviously, Hollywood finds fun in Orientalizing the Asians.
Sif (played by Kyle XY’s Jaimie Alexander) is underused here and thankfully she gets to show her acting chops in some short scenes.
The women in the film are portrayed as helpless and quite foolish aside from Sif. Frigga, being the great queen goddess she is, gets killed quite easily to advance the plot. Jane has the all-powerful Aether within her and she doesn’t, even for a second, even with all her training and passion as an astrophysicist, try to harness the power of that red stone she possessed.
The graphic evocation of the world within the film is really awesome but the sequence of events is bland and almost predictable.
Hiddleston nailed his character as an effective antihero to develop the subplots and move the story forward. He didn’t just help save the world. He saved the film from flopping and the viewers from boredom.
This Pinay film buff will definitely make her rounds at the city cinemas and DVD stores to look for better flicks for us to enjoy!
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