After watching the surprisingly good Captain America, I returned to the previous Marvel movie Thor. Thor had received some good reviews when it came out, and was directed by Keneth Branaugh so I thought it might be promising.
The movie started off ok, dealing with themes of arrogance by the powerful.
That's pride and vanity talking, not leadership. You've forgotten everything I taught you! About a warriors patience.
and proving one's mettle with brains not just brawn (ie using Smart Power). For his transgressions, Thor is cast out from Asgaard and sent to Earth. He even has the indignity of getting tazed.
Was that a bad thing, finding out that you don't have all the answers? You start asking the right questions.
There are some good PD themes related to learning to listen and becoming better because. I heard a Clintonian refrain throughout the movie about people being more impressed with the power of example more than the example of power.
Unfortunately, the movie ends up being pretty shallow in terms of any character development. I hate to give Natalie Portman poor reviews, but she was pretty lackluster and her character had zero depth- she just batted her eyes at the ripped Thor. Meanwhile, the movie had a pathetic amount of product placement. It seemed every other shot had a 7-11, Dr. Pepper or other logo.
On the whole, I give the move a C+. It was slightly entertaining, and had some great potential and cool CGI but was strikingly poor in the realm of depth. But I am still looking forward to the Avengers movie coming.