(This is spoiler free for Thor 2, but I do mention important plot points from the first Thor movie. So, if you haven’t seen that, then get thee to Netflix…)
A week after the rest of my friends, I finally got around to seeing Thor 2. While it was not quite as awesome as the first film, it still had a lot of things going for it. Mostly all the Thor/Loki scenes, all the Loki feels, and the addition of Zachary Levi.
I’m not interested in revealing any of the huge plot points from this film or reminding you to stick around during/after the credits (it’s a Marvel film… you stay until that screen turns blue to remind you of the MPAA rating of the movie you just watched). I mean, you know the drill – there was plot that revolved around some fantastical evil entity and the “good guys” had to save the day. But, I did want to share some of my opinions about certain characters and aspects of the film.
Thor 2 continues the tradition of the rest of the Marvel movies (as well as the recent Star Trek franchise reboot) in being an action-filled Chick Flick. Yes, these films are marketed toward the ever-popular demographic of young men in their teens/early 20s (surely you’ve noticed all these films are PG-13), but they are practically tailor-made for women who like action movies as much as a solid bromance.
Yes, bromance. Not romance.
Sure, Thor’s got a lady friend (hello, Jane Foster), but his biggest relationship drama comes from his interactions with his (adopted) brother, Loki. And THIS is what us ladies love – aesthetically pleasing men hashing out their feelings via talking, bickering and fight sequences. (Plus, there were a couple minutes of shirtless Thor for pretty much no reason except to gawk at Chris Hemsworth’s immaculately built upper body. I’m sure it was to appease those who were “dragged” to the film by their man friend, but let’s be real… I personally know more women who have seen this film than men. And we went to see the film for Loki.)
The Thor/Loki (or “Thorki”) scenes were definitely among the most entertaining and/or heartfelt sequences in the film. These brothers were enemies during the first Thor movie and in The Avengers, but Thor 2 finally brings them together as allies to take out an even more problematic foe.
It was established in the first Thor film that Thor and Loki are not related by blood. As a baby, Loki was left to die and he was taken in by Thor’s dad, Odin. Odin and his wife, Frigga, raised Loki as their own, but it was Thor who was being prepped to take over as King or Asgard. This did not sit well with Loki both before and after he found out he was adopted (which was why he acted out so much in Thor and The Avengers). He gets this information thrown in his face (especially by Odin) quite a lot and you can almost understand why he’s so petulant and sassy.
I’m sure you noticed how sassy was Loki was in Thor 2. If you didn’t, you must have been sleeping during the film because Loki was sassing up the joint like it was his job. Witty barbs, constant bickering with Thor, and smug remarks were flying around more than that Aether was.
It was all an act, people.
Yes, Loki is sassy. But all that sass was a façade to attempt to cover up the pain he is obviously in. Having rewatched the first Thor film recently, I realized Loki’s sass stems from both jealousy and insecurity. At the end of the first Thor film, Loki is legitimately concerned when the Rainbow Road portal thing separates Thor and Jane because there is a likely possibility that Thor will never see Jane again. Loki feels for his brother, but it’s not just one feeling and the feelings are conflicted. Loki feels bad that Thor might not see the woman he loves again. But at the same time, Loki (at least from what we’ve been presented) has never had that kind of relationship with someone to lose. No one has ever loved him unconditionally with the exception of his mother… and she’s not even really his mother. So, even though Loki calls Frigga his mom, that familial tie is wholly artificial and he feels that with every breath he takes. He shouldn’t be alive, but he is because of Odin and Frigga’s charity. When that love is compromised or taken away, Loki basically has nothing going for him except for his relationship with Thor – and that is shaky, at best.
Watching Thor and Loki interact is great. They have the brotherly bickering down (that scene when Thor is trying to fly that plane thing while Loki is taunting him is a stitch), but there are also moments when you can tell they want to trust and respect each other but they aren’t sure if that is the smartest thing to do since they have had a bit of a rocky past the last couple years. Watching them work through their differences and fight alongside each other instead of against each other is rewarding and makes for good, emotional drama. Watching them do that while they are fighting bad guys makes it good, emotional, entertaining drama.
Also entertaining – Zachary Levi as Fandral. He obviously did not play Fandral in the first film, but according to IMDB, he was supposed to, so it made sense that when they had to recast for the sequel to bring on the guy who was supposed to be in the film to begin with. The part is small, but I couldn’t help but smile when I saw him on screen. (My first introduction to Zachary Levi was with Broadway’s First Date and now I’m watching Chuck because it’s finally on Netflix. [No, I have not seen Tangled. Stop asking.] Having briefly met him, I think he’s one of the nicest people on the planet and will continue to support his artistic endeavors because he is the bee’s knees.) He definitely looks better with his natural brown hair as opposed to Fandral’s blond coif, but Zachary Levi is Zachary Levi and the man has solid comedic timing and a welcome presence.
I’m glad I saw Thor 2 in theaters. It’s a spectacle of digital effects and handsome actors/pretty actresses who can actually act. It’s a popcorn movie. Not the best Marvel film, but certainly nowhere near the worst either. If you have Loki/Thorki feels, definitely go see this.