Monday, May 16, 2011

Thor - Loki's Story

One thing that Smallville had going for it, from the beginning, was a great villain in the form of Michael Rosenbaum's Lex. Interestingly, what I found best about Thor was also the villain. Tom Hiddleston's Loki was an ambiguous mix of sympathy, trickery, treachery, ambition and who knows what else, but never just simple evil. Thor's brother has an appropriately rocky arc in the movie, ending in a great father and sons moment that I think nails the essence of all three characters.

Granted, I have never been a big Thor fan, so I don't know the details of how it all plays out in the comics. But I do know Loki is a trickster and tricksters are not easily understood. I only hope his potrayal in the Avengers movie doesn't flatten the character into a purely evil villain. He's much more interesting and real if he retains the sense of being misguided in his attempts to be accepted by his father and his jealousy of his brother. It should not be a simple line that separates him as the bad guy.

The rest of the movie was ok. Maybe this was more of a fan movie, in the sense that it would appeal more to those that are already fans of Thor. I'm not going to run out and read the comics, but it was entertaining, none the less. Although there was somewhat of a love story here, anchoring the movie with the father and son relationships was the right move with something that is coming straight from mythology. And this father son dynamic was another similarity to Smallville. This is simply because Thor and Superman basically tell us the same story: how to become men.

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