the KSL Channel 5 website. And in case you're not sure if it's worth watching, two local media outlets have provided reviews of the movie.
The plot in a nutshell: As the son of Odin (Anthony Hopkins), the king of the Norse gods, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is soon to inherit the throne of Asgard from his aging father. However, on the day that he is to be crowned, Thor reacts with brutality when the gods' enemies, the Frost Giants, enter the palace in violation of their treaty. As punishment, Odin banishes Thor to Earth. While Loki (Tom Hiddleston), Thor's brother, plots mischief in Asgard, Thor, now stripped of his powers, faces his greatest threat yet.
The first review is provided by KSL's Doug Wright. He's obviously impressed; he writes, "This is one of my favorite movies so far this year. Everything works, and that's in no small part due to the direction of Branagh. Hemsworth delivers an evolving character that charms; Portman is incapable of a mediocre performance and Hopkins is, well, he's Sir Anthony and that says it all". He awards it 3 1/2 stars. KSL news video embedded below:
A much more detailed and thoughtful second review was published by Scott Renshaw in the Salt Lake City Weekly. Less effusive than Dough Wright in his praise, he characterizes the movie as "one of a kind". Kershaw writes, "So you will get three big action set pieces. You will get a Stan Lee cameo appearance. You will get a few insider details for the comic-book nerds to geek out over. This is the way of things, and fighting it would be like trying to arm-wrestle the Hulk".
Yet neither reviewer mentioned one of the more significant characters of the movie -- Heimdall. In the story, Heimdall is the brother of the warrior Sif. He is the all-seeing and all-hearing guardian sentry of Asgard, he stands on the rainbow bridge, Bifrost and stands watch for any attacks to Asgard. Not an insignificant character. Yet there's no mention of him in either review.
Playing the role of Heimdall in Thor is Idris Elba. A black man playing the role of a Norse god.
And that got the dander of the Council of Conservative Citizens up back in December 2010. This is because blacks are not indigenous to Scandinavia, thus they could not have been Norse gods (had there been such entities). So to choose a black man to play Heimdall would be much like choosing David Duke to play the title role in a movie about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., or like selecting Ed Decker to play the title role in a movie about the Prophet Joseph Smith. It simply does not fit -- unless one is doing a parody. When the controversy first flared, Idris Elba said it is justified for the studio to cast a black man as a Norse God because “Elizabeth Taylor played Cleopatra”; some historical revisionists claim Cleopatra was actually black. But the “Cleopatra was a black woman” story is actually a flimsy myth put forth by the Nation of Islam and other radical black power groups; Cleopatra was a Macedonian Greek as shown in these illustrations.
So the CofCC organized the Boycott Thor campaign. They want to keep social engineering out of European mythology; they've pledged to boycott the movie because of its insulting corruption of Germanic mythology to promote a left-wing political agenda on race. In their FAQ, Boycott Thor assures us that they object just as much to white actors playing the roles of non-whites in movies; the issue is historical accuracy and context.
The CofCC also notes that a book entitled "Hollywood in Blackface" is being released coincident with the release of Thor. The book's premise is that filmmakers skillfully manipulate character and dialogue, conflict and action, in ways that allow them to cast positive and negative images; in so doing, filmmakers profoundly shape the perceptions their audiences hold of different racial groups which they, the audience, rarely encounter in real life. Occidental Dissent also explores the broader trend of anti-white racial films produced by Hollywood.
Perhaps the Heimdall issue would have remained anecdotal had it not been for the tendency by the Left to play the race card so much in other aspects of society and blame Whitey for all the sins of the world, past, present, and future. The Boycott Thor campaign sends a message to the Left that turnabout is fair play, and that we can hoist them upon their own petard of political correctness.