Thor: The Dark World (liveblog) [x]
This is honestly one of my favorite moments in the movie because, as a viewer, you have no idea what’s coming up, you’re right there with Loki and think that this is a really shitty plan, that they’re way too obvious, that this is never going to work, that they’re fucking it up, that something is going to have to save their asses in a big way to be able to pull this off.
And Loki’s tantrum is beautiful, he’s so incensed about this, that Thor broke him out of jail and he has this chance, but it’s getting completely fucked up, and if they had just listened to him, just spent five goddamned minutes thinking this shit through, they wouldn’t be in this mess and—
Then, WHAM, Thor tosses Loki out of the ship and my immediate thought was, WAIT, WHAT HAPPENED, WHAT DID— and when you get to the next scene, you realize, oh, there’s no sudden stroke of luck that’s going to save them, because this was the plan all along. That Thor deliberately played on people’s expectations of him, that he wouldn’t be able to come up with a decent plan, that he would be big and loud and try to bully his way through, that he would make a huge mess and smash through everything, that that’s all there is to him.
But, truthfully, it was a plan that actually worked for what it was intended for, and it flew right in the face of how Thor’s supposedly not very smart, it flew right in the face of how Loki’s supposed to know Thor so very well, supposed to be so very insightful and the chessmaster, because, nope, Loki totally fucking fell for it.
I walked away from this movie thinking that this was significant, even beyond that Thor was smart and thoughtful enough to pull this off, but that it still contrasted against what I felt were the core characteristics of him, that he’s so much more direct and honest than this. Until it dawned on me that Thor used a trick here, one that fooled Asgard and Loki alike, one that is a lot like what Loki would have done.
And I love it for Thor being smart, but I love it even more because I think this isn’t really his preferred style, but I kept imagining his thoughts turning to Loki again and again, trying to understand him, trying to figure out why his brother had gone so mad, why Loki was so angry, trying to understand why he felt so slighted, and that thought may not have led him to the answer of how to bring Loki back to reason, but it led him to better understanding of how Loki’s tricks were useful.
I don’t see Thor as someone who dismissed Loki’s tactics nearly as much as fandom does, that it was far more subtle than that, but I do see him as someone that didn’t really understand those methods. But in TDW? Thor’s using those methods and it seems entirely clear to me that it’s because he’s spent so much time thinking about Loki, that he gained at least this much understanding.
Also, I would watch two entire hours of Loki being thrown out of a moving ship, because that little turd fucking deserved that. That is such an obnoxious big brother thing to do to your obnoxious as shit little brother and it makes me love that little shit just all the more for it.