book review: norse mythology

Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology translation is a fine little basic sampler book of tales about Thor and Loki and Freya and all that lot. I realized reading it how much the Marvel Comics versions of Asgard have warped my brain around this mythos, but yeah. They’re fine stories. There are bits where the Gaimanish language pokes through more than others, which I liked even if it felt a little anachronistic. This felt more like Fortunately the Milk… Neil Gaiman rather than American Gods Neil Gaiman, if that makes a difference to you.

If I had a lot of Norse myth stuff I might have stronger opinions on which stories were included and which weren’t but like I said, most of my knowledge comes via Kirby so I’m no expert. I didn’t have a book of Norse myths on my shelf before and now I do. eems like a win.

movie review: thor

I waited till today to see Thor because I wanted to see it in 2D, and I saw it at all because I had a “free movie” voucher. And I’m kind of treating all of these Marvel movies as the prologue for Joss Whedon’s Avengers.

Basic synopsis: fratboy god gets kicked down to earth where he learns a bit of empathy so he can maybe be king of the gods some day.

I’d expected to hate all the Asgard stuff, but it wasn’t bad. The actors were all fine in their roles. Idris Elba as Heimdall had more to do than I expected, which was nice. The story was exactly what you’d expect. It hit every point pretty much exactly on cue. Which is good when they spent umpty million dollars on it I guess.

It’s weird seeing a movie so predictable, especially while I’m in the middle of reading a book that is making me all tingly in its awesomeness (and part of that rests on it not being what you think it’s setting itself up to be). But it’s not just superhero movies. A few weeks ago I saw a movie about a woman who got out of prison and was trying to reconnect with her daughter. It too was completely predictable. I guess a story that’s exactly what you expect leaves you free to dwell more on the performances or the dialogue or whatever, so that’s something.

Anyway, Thor was a fine explosiony action movie with some incredibly chiseled pecs. I wouldn’t see it in 3D.