Marvel Movie Minute Season Four: Thor • Minute 89

Thor 089: Is This the Best Minute of the Movie?

In this minute of Kenneth Branagh’s 2011 film ‘Thor,’ yeah, it’s that minute. You know... the most powerful minute of the movie. Mjølnir flies toward Puente Antiguo like a ballistic missile, causing Erik to pull Jane away. Thor catches it, his armor rebuilds itself on his body, and he hurls Mjølnir at the Destroyer, knocking it down. Thor takes to the sky, drawing the Destroyer’s wrath away from Puente Antiguo and the people there. It’s a big week and Father David Mowry, Chaplain of the Movies by Minute community, is here for all of it! Tune in!

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Minute Eighty-Nine: From Heartbroken Jane to Confused Destroyer

Joining us for the most thrilling minute in the movie as Thor is resurrected to fight the Destroyer is a guy who knows a few things about resurrections, Father David Mowry, Chaplain of the Movies by Minute community.

Father David Mowry

In the eighty-ninth minute of Kenneth Branagh’s 2011 film Thor

  • It’s a big minute!
  • Mjølnir rips across the sky like a missile. It even breaks the sound barrier as we see the sonic boom.
  • So is this why Erik runs to pull Jane away? Does he – and perhaps everyone else – think that SHIELD launched a missile on the town to destroy the Destroyer? It sure looks that way.
  • It’s powerful to see how Thor’s arm and hand react to the approaching Mjølnir, reaching up to grab it even though his body remains lifeless on the ground.
  • It’s also cool to see the lightning strike, essentially acting as a defibrillator for Thor, bringing him back to life. The shot of his face certainly looks like that’s what’s happening.
  • Does Loki sense Thor’s return or does the Destroyer? Why does Loki turn back right then?
  • Not only is is cool seeing the silhouette of Thor standing, hammer raised, in the lightning, but it says a lot that his back is to the Destroyer.
  • The symmetry between Loki backhanding Thor with the Destroyer then Thor backhanding the Destroyer with Mjølnir works well for us.
  • Everyone’s reactions are priceless, but it’s hard to not see that Sif clearly was expecting this all along. Jaimie Alexander’s reaction here plays so well.
  • Erik clearly is coming to terms with his childhood myths actually being real.
  • But Jane’s “Oh… my… god…” reaction is the one we really talk about because, well, it’s cheeky and works.
  • Father David Mowry has more Christ and the Cape to discuss in this minute too!

It’s a powerful minute as Thor returns in full garb as the god of thunder, and Father David’s got a lot to say. Tune in!

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