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Saturday, May 7, 2011

Bridges

Filed under: General — m759 @ 8:48 AM
 

24 Frames column in the LA Times

Critical Mass: 'Thor' swings his hammer and the critics scream

May 6, 2011 |  2:55 pm

Bridges are the key theme of this weekend's "Thor," a film that bridges us from the doldrums of spring releases to the flashier, if not better, world of summer blockbusters. It also serves as another step in the bridge from the first "Iron Man" in 2008 to next summer's superhero all-star jam, "The Avengers." And within the film itself, a superhero actioner about the Norse god of thunder and his adventures in his home of Asgard and on Earth, a rainbow bridge connects the well-regarded Asgard sections of the film with the less successful Earth sections, set in Puente Antiguo, N.M. (which means "Old Bridge").

According to Times critic Kenneth Turan, the film also attempts to bridge director Kenneth Branagh's high-minded Shakespearean intentions with Marvel Entertainment's bottom-line-oriented need to crank out entertainment product.

— Patrick Kevin Day

Related material: Kate and Thor in The Turning  and A Bridge Too Far.

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