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June 3, 2011 - Karin Elton
My daughter Vanessa and I went to see the movie, “Thor,” last night. We both liked it. It was better than I expected.
Being a nerd, I told my daughter “How cool that we are watching this today — Thor’sday!”
My daughter said her least favorite part of the movie was when Thor was on the earthly realm and she has a point — what a difference between the grandeur of Asgard and the 7-11ness of New Mexico.
The two leads were individually good in their parts — Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Natalie Portman as false-eyelashed astrophysicist Jane Foster. I didn’t feel much for them as a couple — it was more like “Oh, we’re the prettiest people around so we must hook up.”
A character we both especially liked was Heimdall played by Idris Elba (thanks imdb.com). He is the guardian of the castle and keeps an eye on everyone and follows the orders of the king unless he is helping out Thor and his friends. Elba really nailed his part, exuding quiet strength.
Kenneth Branaugh did a great job of directing. I liked the little bits of humor. In the background of a Main Street shot I saw a billboard which said “Welcome Vikings.” It could be welcoming a local football team or your average Viking gods who take a magical bridge down to Earth.
As Vanessa and I were driving home on Highway 23, I started talking about Norse mythology — what little I knew — when suddenly a deer cantered across the road right in front of my car. If it had a hand it could have rapped on the hood. Luckily, there was still some daylight or maybe I would not have slowed down just right like I did. It was almost spooky. I’ve had to slow down for deer before, but in the country, never on Highway 23 between Marshall and Lynd.
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