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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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