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Update (9/28/11): September and October DVD releases offer a plethora of film goodness between X-Men, Thor, Tree of Life, and Captain America. Be sure to read my full reviews of each. Remember: don’t simply veg out but watch to be stirred to worship the One whose story is the only one that ultimately matters.

X-Men: First Class (September 9)

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Apart from Tree of Life, this was easily my favorite movie of the summer. James McAvoy is tremendous as Charles and Michael Fassbender plays a very good Erik. This movie works because of those two and the man that Charles is and becomes. Read the rest of my thoughts here. This was definitely the X-Men movie I’ve thought this series could be. It’s not a perfect movie but the character of Charles is worth the watch.

Thor (September 13)

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Cheesy at times and predictable, this movie actually works because of the charisma and humor of Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and the genuineness of Tim Hiddleston as Loki. By the way, while writing this I just realized that Hemsworth also played Captain Kirk’s dad in that powerful scene at the beginning of the latest Star Trek. Read more of my thoughts on Loki here.

Update (9/17/11)

Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon (September 30)

This film was a complete waste other than the incredible special effects. The slow motion transformation sequences, the destruction of the skyscraper, and the battle sequences were phenomenal. That’s about all the good I can say. The flaws are comical. Megatron gets seduced by the token girlfriend. The Decepticons lay siege to Chicago and lock down the city. Then they somehow forget what cars the Autobots are, who very easily sneak into the city. The film attempts to make the humans more important and is laughable. You can only threaten to destroy the whole world so many times and be taken seriously. Would we really believe that the Autobots would leave? That Bumblebee would die? Also, if less than 10 or so Autobots can take on over 200 Decepticons, how did they lose the battle of Cybertron? Seriously, Optimus Prime probably waxes 50 Decepticons by himself! On top of all that comedy, the movie is absurdly long.

Update (8/31/11)

Tree of Life (October 11)

This is without question my favorite movie of the summer and 2011 [update: Warrior beats it out slightly…], for that matter. It’s such a profound movie experience that you have to just immerse yourself in and then engage with the world and imagery Terrence Malick presents. Grace versus the Law. Our deeply flawed sinful nature. Our loneliness. Eternity. Beauty. Many people have hated this film because it’s so different and non-escapist but I hope this type of film is the direction of movies, it’s a work of art that will move you if you let it. You can check out more of my thoughts here: the experience and sin & family.

Update (9/28/11)

Captain America: The First Avenger (October 25)

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This movie was better than I expected, especially the first half of the film. The set up to the transformation and then to the initial battle is simply fantastic. I love how Steve Rogers emulates Jonathan of 1Samuel in his humility and friendship. Read my original thoughts here: Captain America: Steve Rogers is the Jonathan of the OT

A few other intriguing movies coming out:

Hanna (September 6): The dangers of homeschool? Training children to be assassins!

Fast Five (October 5): The dangers of 1000 foot cliff diving? None!

Update (9/28/11)

Winnie the Pooh (October 25): The dangers of honey? Obesity!

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“You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.” (Luke 3:22 ESV)

I’ve been in Sacramento on business all week but Wednesday evening I caught up with an old friend of mine and we decided to give the new Thor movie a shot. It currently has a 78% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and, apart from Roger Ebert, I’ve only heard good things about it.

In a previous post, I said the key with Thor was the question whether it was going to be Iron Man or Spiderman 3. I have to say it was definitely better than Spiderman 3 but not quite Iron Man. Kenneth Branagh does what he can with the strange locations and plot and the acting is solid – almost too good for the cheesy storyline. Hemsworth is funny and believable, Portman and Hopkins are solid, but Hiddleston as Loki practically stole every scene he was in.

Don’t even try to figure out the mythology and where is comes from. This is Marvel mythology not Greek or Norse! I think that’s where Ebert gets tripped up, he tries way too hard to read into this movie. Take it for what it is and then key on the father and son relationships.

The Tale of 2 Sons

I want to be careful to not give away too many spoilers here but what made this movie worthwhile is Loki and the contrast between him and Thor. Thor is the heir to the throne but brash, arrogant, eager to fight, and full of himself. Thor is hard not to like but his later transformation feels too sudden, too easy, and too thorough.

Loki, on the other hand, is constantly wrestling with his identity and where his place is. He feels inferior to Thor but not necessarily jealous. He has no desire for the throne merely for power but to justify himself. Loki’s drive to prove his loyalty to his father and earn his love is very striking.

Are you Loki?

Odin truly does not play favorites as their father. His reason to anoint Thor as king becomes obvious. Odin’s love for Loki is constant and caring, he never rejects him nor gives him any reason to try to earn it. Yet Loki still feels he has to. Loki does enormous damage in his process of establishing his own righteousness and justification before his father. He goes to extreme lengths to demonstrate whose side he is on and leaves a wake of destruction. Even then, Odin never wavers.

For, being ignorant of the righteousness of God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness. (Romans 10:3 ESV)

How often do I do this myself? Do I hear God’s words to me, that I am his beloved son with whom he is well pleased? Do I walk in the freedom that I am His, fully paid for, fully his son, with nothing to prove? Or I do I seek to establish my own righteousness, trying to serve him out of a need to earn my adoption, out of a need to affirm myself on my own? The movie Thor is a great illustration of what happens when even a seemingly innocent desire to prove my place at the table leads to destruction and potentially the loss of it all. Don’t question God’s heart towards you, He is for you and He will never leave you nor forsake you.

    The LORD your God is in your midst,
a mighty one who will save;
he will rejoice over you with gladness;
he will quiet you by his love;
he will exult over you with loud singing.
(Zephaniah 3:17 ESV)

UPDATE 5/12/11

Here is James Harleman’s Review (good thoughts):


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