When we headed to the movie theater yesterday to catch Thor instead of staying home to celebrate Mother's Day (sorry, Mom!), we were wondering whether we'd be blown away by a superhero spectacle. What we weren't worrying about was whether the Norse gods were going to be treated accurately and respectfully.
But members of the Pagan community were concerned about just that, and whether the film would give a false impression to those who know little about Paganism.
As Eric Scott wrote a over at Killing the Buddha:
Of course the Thor of the movie, and the comics that I grew up reading, is not the same Thor whom Snorri Sturluson wrote of in the Prose Edda, who perhaps is not the same Thor the Norsemen worshipped in the time before Christianity came to Northern Europe. The character Chris Hemsworth plays is not the deity I worship, the god whose symbol hangs around my neck. Anthony Hopkins, in his Hollywood regalia and metallic eyepatch, is not the Gallows-God I pray to. And even if the film is terrible, perhaps someone will watch it and then pick up Kevin Crossley-Holland's The Norse Myths at the bookstore, and that will make it worthwhile.
This is the second Thor-related controversy we've heard of, though one that doesn't seemed to have gotten as heated as the color-blind casting issue last year.
What do you think? WIll Thor give audiences the wrong idea about the Norse gods? Should the filmmakers have been as careful about their depiction of Thor as they would have been had the film dealt with other religious deities?
(via USA Today)