REVIEW: Thor does for positive masculinity what Wonder Woman does for feminism

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Thor: Ragnarok has been reviewed by far more clever and geeky comic book nerd types than me so I won’t even attempt to compete with their detailed reviews of how this fits into the Marvel Universe and Norse mythology, but what struck me about Taika Waititi’s incredibly funny movie is the real tenderness he gives the male characters.   

I took my daughter off to Thor because you’re never to young to be scared by Cate Blanchett.

Thor: Ragnarok has been reviewed by far more clever and geeky comic book nerd types than me so I won’t even attempt to compete with their detailed reviews of how this fits into the Marvel Universe and Norse mythology, but what struck me about Taika Waititi’s incredibly funny movie is the real tenderness he gives the male characters.

I think that Thor: Ragnarok does for positive masculinity what Wonder Woman does for feminism (minus all the problematic issues of Gal Gadot being a fanatical supporter of the Israeli Defence Force). Yes there’s plenty of fighting, space ships and Hulk smashing, but the playful banter between the male characters and the genuine friendship it gives insight to has probably done more to combat toxic masculinity than any other current big studio film.

I don’t hand out 5 stars very often, but this one deserves it.

Brilliant, funny, and a wonderful guide to male friendship with magic hammers.

 

 

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2 Comments

  1. cleangreen says:

    Hi Martyn,

    Great picture and your daughter is so very pretty,

    but why haven’t you got an all white beard now mate?

    Alll the worry & stress we have collectively suffered in the last nine years National has caused us all has turned me all a stark white haired male everywhere.

    I have a new found respect for the male gender as we males have deep feelings of mistrust nowdays with all see going on.

    I say this because I was the last bornof four childen from 1940 to 1944 and as a male with two sisters and a brother have witnessed thourgh the years how our maleness is a fragile shell now because we were generally always considered tough rough uncaring gender, but have vastly changed by views on this now.

    I have some hardnes inme but being the last of four born always were closer to my mother than my brother and two sisters, because while I had my head pressed to the window as a three year old crying profusely as I watch my brother and two sisters trotting off down the path to go to Pt Chevalier primary school and yes I still vivildly recall both that deep hurt and betrayal I felt every day that happend then but what got me over this was my mothers warm arms reaching for me to cuddle as to cuddle my deep hurt oand tears from my face.

    My mother was a very warm looving mother that instilled in me a life long comoppassion for my fellow humans and now more than ever for my gender who as male are very poorly understood today by most so this was why we need a clear proper careful comprehensivve understanding and support for why males are not really the cruel odertly masuline role model but more rather a fragile mix of male/female gender all wrapped up i a lack of understanding what we really are.

    This is why i now have a strong new bond of care for the male gender for the reasons that we are a very complex mix not very well understood by our female partners so a good start perhaps now would be to have a minister for male affairs, (however foriegn that may appear) it is that inbreed guilt feeling that ‘males dont need support’ in this way may actually be the impediment to why males are often featured so much more liable to be casualties in suicide statistics than females as males are the most to comit suicde by far, which is a strong reaso to have a Minister of male affairs now more than before.

    I will watch the movie based on your exellent review of it and recommendation.

    Take care brother and enjoy the day.

  2. Kyle Webster says:

    Boycott the Justice league movie with Gal Gadot sanitinizing Palestinian oppression

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