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Monday, September 19, 2011

Thor - Saturday Night with the God of Thunder

Mrs. DisneylandTraveler and I have an interesting relationship between ourselves and going to the movies.  Some years, we go a lot, see just about everything of note especially in the comedy, action-adventure, and whatever Disney has to offer categories at our local megla-plex.  Some years we may only go a couple of times.  This year, we haven't been to a movie theater at all.  I suppose there are various reasons for this absence with this year having me recovering from surgery for a few months at the beginning of year, our investment late last year in a large screen HDTV and blue ray player with new surround sound equipment, and going to the movies has gotten just so darned expensive especially if you go the 3D / IMAX route.  One of the local theater chains has started $5.00 Tuesdays where every seat for every showing is 5 bucks with a bit more tacked on for 3D and IMAX showings (but I've got a regular job, I work on Tuesdays).

All that being said, I really wanted to get to the theaters to see the two major Marvel releases distributed by Paramount this year - Thor and Captain America, but just never got around to it. I'm not really a huge fan of Marvel's X-Men series which are made by Fox.  I'm not a big fan of Fox period other the The Simpsons and their sports coverage.  So anyway, for those not in the know, anytime you see anything by Marvel, that is now the Walt Disney Company which owns Marvel after their 4 billion acquisition.  Paramount, Fox, and Sony remain partners in making Marvel Studios movies, but that is only until their existing production contracts are completed, then Disney gets it all starting with next year's Avengers movie.

So after a couple of days of trying to get a blu-ray copy of the very much in demand Thor out of a Redbox machine, we finally succeeded on Saturday and spent the evening with the god of thunder.  "Uh-Oh" I thought to myself as the beginning of the movie abruptly changed from an out of a control Winnebego in the New Mexico desert to frost giants in a distant galaxy - "Mrs DLT, isn't going to like this" as I glanced over at her and knowing her preference for straight-forward story telling.  But two hours later I think we both agreed that Thor was probably one of the best movies we have watched all year.  "We should buy that" she said as she got up to leave the room.  It's not worth spending a lot of time describing the movie but in the end, the performances were good, the story was complicated but you were able to follow along for the most part (unlike TRON:Legacy), the graphics were stunning, and it held our attention beginning to end without once making us feel like we were wasting our time.  Thor is a really good movie and as the summer blockbusters begin making their way on to video, they will be hard-pressed to top Thor.

Give it three and a half Mickeys out of four.

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