Thor Has Quite a Pedigree



There's been quite a bit of enthusiasm for the film Thor, and the box office numbers look good so far:

The God of Thunder reigned at the North American box office as "Thor" became the latest Marvel comic book superhero to leap to the big screen.
The opening was in line with industry forecasts in the $60 million to $70 million range, and marked a strong start for a non-sequel and for the lucrative summer movie-going period.According to studio estimates issued Sunday, "Thor" sold about $66 million worth of tickets during its first three days of release across the United States and Canada.
But it fell far short of openings by the first installments of other movies in the Marvel stable, such as 2002's "Spider-Man" ($115 million) and 2008's "Iron Man" ($99 million). Somewhat ominously, it barely exceeded the $62 million start for "Hulk" in 2003, the first of two failed attempts to turn the angry green man into a movie franchise.
I don't know how much enthusiasm there is for the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean, but Thor comes with Kenneth Branagh at the helm, which I didn't know until very recently. Does that change my attitude towards the film? I think I'll end up seeing it on DVD. I can't get past how ridiculous the hammer looks. It does not look like a one-handed weapon, and it doesn't look that dangerous. Just step aside and get away from that short, slow moving thing. Oh, and don't be within fifty miles of the thunderstorm, either.


I'm probably the only idiot that has that problem. That's on me. The plot and the way it was done leave me a little confused. Why dump him on Earth without his powers and do the fish-out-of-water thing? That's the plot line that seems the most obvious to me.