A genuinely funny film. Smart, sassy dialogue and a few laugh-out-loud moments.
However – I just wanted to focus on a couple of very strongly “Biblical” themes in the film. I will try not to give away spoilers that are not given away in the trailer – but, caveat emptor! – the responsibility is yours if you choose to read further! 🙂
First theme: “I will be with you”
Thor is in an epic tussle with a deadly foe, Hela – the godess of death. As his battle seems lost and hopeless, he receives strength and wisdom from a vision of his father (Odin).
Then the LORD said to Jacob, “Return to the land of your fathers and to your relatives, and I will be with you.” (Genesis 31:3)
“He will call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honour him.” (Psalm 91.15)
Second theme: “Once you were nobody…”
This is perhaps the most overt. There is plenty of action on the planet of Sakaar where all the waste and junk of the universe ends up – including people. A way out is offered with the accompanying phrase “Once you were nobody, now you are somebody.” This is pretty much a direct Bible quote:
Once you weren’t a people, but now you are God’s people. Once you hadn’t received mercy, but now you have received mercy. (1 Peter 2:10)
It might seem that the world has thrown you away; it may seem that the world considers you worthless; but we don’t inherit our worth from the values of the world – we are worth something because God makes us his children. Once we had no name – now we have a name – the children of God.
Do not be afraid, for I have redeemed you.
I have called you by your name;
you are mine.
Third theme: “Whence cometh your strength?”
The very thing Thor is famous for – his invincible hammer (Mjolnir) – he loses. He believes that without it, he has nothing. It is easy for us to imagine that our strengths (wealth, career, relationships, skills, health – all manner of things) are the things that sustain us and are the things we can rely upon, our insurance against disaster. But they are not. Odin asks Thor – “are you the god of hammers?” NO! Thor is the god of thunder!
I lift up my eyes to the hills— from where will my help come?
My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. (Psalm 121:1-3)
Fourth theme: “a people, not a place” (ALERT: possibly the closest to being an actual spoiler)
The premise of the film is that there is a lurking threat – the prophecy of Ragnarok from which the film gets its name – of the complete destruction of Asgard (home to Odin and Thor and family). You assume as you watch that this will come perilously close but will be averted just in the nick of time ready for the next Thor film. But that is not what happens. Thor realises that the only way to save Asgard is to allow the prophecy to unfold – and the PLACE Asgard is totally destroyed by the fire-monster Surtur while the PEOPLE (Asgard) are taken to safety.
Odin reminds him – Asgard is not a place, but a people.
Likewise, the Kingdom of God is not about a geographical or even metaphysical PLACE – it is a people living Christlike lives.
So – there you have it – a great film packed with familiar biblical themes – what’s not to like?
Here’s the official trailer – ENJOY! 🙂