So I knew I would be away for today’s post, and I asked my husband Andrew if he would guest post for me. I’m pretty worried that I will come back and the blog will have been re-named and re-designed and we will now be enjoying a blog all about video games and Star Wars . . .
TAKE IT AWAY ANDREW:
Ok. So for my “guest blogger” stint Melissa told me I should write a review of the new Thor movie (which we just saw). That didn’t really make any sense to me, because this is supposed to be a blog about children’s books, and Thor is not a book, nor is it for children. Oh well.
So anyway, the movie was pretty fun. If you like superhero movies, you should check it out. It’s based on Marvel Comics’ take on the Norse gods. The story is that the gods— Thor, Odin, Loki, and others—are actually powerful beings from another dimension. Occasionally they wind up on Earth, protecting the human race from frost giants and such, or (as in the present case) wooing Natalie Portman.
The movie producers found some random Australian guy to play Thor, and he does a nice job. The guy who played Thor’s brother Loki is good. And Anthony Hopkins does his Anthony Hopkins thing as Thor’s father, Odin.
Natalie Portman plays Thor’s human love interest, and she manages to avoid being insufferable, so I guess that’s a success?
(Note: Not from Thor)
Melissa said she was “cute” in the movie – but of course she’s always cute. The real problem with Natalie Portman is that she thinks she’s better than me. It’s just something in the way she carries herself. Now she’s not as bad as some other folks (I’m looking at you, Gwyneth Paltrow), but she still radiates an aura of self-satisfaction and entitlement.
Back to the movie! The action is split between middle-of-nowhere New Mexico (I think?) and the magical realm of Asgard, home of the Norse gods. Thor is in line to inherit the throne, but he’s a jerk and gets into a bunch of shenanigans and is banished to Earth (minus his superpowers). Then a bunch of stuff explodes and/or is smashed by a magical hammer. Eventually [SPOILER ALERT] Thor learns to not be a jerk [END SPOILER].
Also there is some kind of magical robot with a fiery death beam.
If that all sounds good to you, then you should go see the movie. Or wait until it’s on TV or something.
The Mighty Rosebud!
(Note to Melissa: I spent too much time photoshopping the cat’s face onto Thor, and the quality of my writing for this post might have suffered as a consequence. All in all, though, I think it was a fair trade.)