Cultural Learnings from Movie Thor

Thor is a great movie.

Ok, it’s not Quentin Tarantino.  It’s what I like to call ‘biff, boff and eye candy’ – lots of fighting, lots of hunky chest shots, baddies, goodies, and it all works out in the end.

But at a deeper level, Thor has a lot to teach us about us, and it’s kind of nice (unlike, say, Chucky or Hostel, which also have a lot to teach us, but which are NOT nice).  Here it is, in a nutshell.

Whoever put together Thor thinks that people warm to the following concepts:

Love and loyalty.  Ok so she’s only a mortal, she’s going to be dead in two seconds, relatively speaking, but she’s the only girl for Thor.  No matter that he’s the most handsome man in Valhalla and some bronze-nippled immortal is giving him the eye – Jane is the only one for him.  Which is only right, as she too prefers being squashed to death to living without him.

Honour is more important than power.  Kings, like politicians, have to be rotten sometimes (from my reading of the news and historical novels, pretty much all the time).  Thor is a good guy and wants to stay that way.  Ergo, he makes a choice – not to step up to that top job in heaven (and that may be why we have such crappy kings and politicians).

The little people matter.  “Never mind those cretins, let’s just you and me sort things out between ourselves,” says Loki or whoever the arch villain is.  “No,” says Thor, “I stand with the people of Earth against tyranny and nasty shit.”

Well of course the little people matter.  The little people are handing over their money at the box office to watch this stuff.  If politics is porn, this is the money shot – “The only thing I care about is serving YOU the people of America/Australia/Outer Mongolia, the citizens of this Great Nation of Ours!”.  You don’t get Thor sticking up for the cows or the endangered species or anything though – they don’t vote or watch movies.

Anyway I guess you could say that if the producers of Thor are right about the general tastes of their audience, then humanity isn’t as bad as I sometimes think it is.  Which is why I quite like watching movies like Thor, and Batman, and Superman, and so on.  That, and the fact that Thor is simply the crumpetiest piece of crumpet I have seen since I was impressionable teen and fancied some guy in a bushranger serial whose name I now forget.


  1. I enjoyed the Thor movies, but for me Loki stole the show. Not that I’m into bad guys or anything, but I thought the actor was terrific in that role. Sounds like I need to watch it on a deeper level next time. 😉

  2. Films like Thor get bad press, but they don’t pretend to be what they’re not. A friend went to see Godzilla, billed as ‘it’s big’. Well, it is, and if you’re stressed out and need to give your brain a holiday, this is the stuff to do it for you. And films like these pay for the cinemas so I don’t pay a fortune to see obscure Finnish road trips through Japan, or whatever.

  3. Nice thing about superhero movies is the morality is usually writ large.
    Doesn’t hurt if they blow up lots of stuff and have good eye candy too.
    Oh, and a plot. That’s nice when it happens.

    1. I’m interested that they HAVE morality and in what it consists of. Back in the dark ages they used to have sort of morality plays, where you could see clearly set out what good people are supposed to do and how baddies come to a rotten end – well soaps and hollywood movies are the same thing only nowadays..

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