Open your time today by asking if anyone saw the new Thor movie over the summer. Ask whether they had seen the animated version as children, whether the movie meant anything to them, and what their expectations were for this new film.
The Thor movies within the Marvel Cinematic Universe are a very popular film series. The fourth movie in the series, Thor: Love and Thunder, released in theaters this summer. People who love the Marvel movies and the Thor story line had high expectations for this film. The director of the film had to cater both to fans of the Marvel movies, as well as fans of the old Marvel comics. With that knowledge, let’s look into the director’s decision-making process when making creative choices with film.
Play the following video for your students [10:42; stop at 3:50]:
(The interviewer’s voice is quiet, so turning on the closed captions might be helpful.)
THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER (2022) | Taika Waititi Official Interview
- What decisions had to be made by the director in creating this movie? (Accept all reasonable answers.)
- What informed the director’s decisions when making these choices? (Accept all reasonable answers.)
- Who is the audience for the director’s decisions? Who do the choices impact? (Accept all reasonable answers. The studio wants to approve a movie that reflects well on them and makes them money. Marvel comic fans want a story that matches the comics. New viewers want a good movie. The director’s decisions impact them all.)
These are examples of big decisions for a director to make and ones that may impact how a new generation of moviegoers feels about an old favorite story line and how a new generation understands it for the first time. However, in the grand scheme of things, these decisions are trivial. Some people make even bigger decisions of even greater consequence.
- What are examples of consequential decisions that everyday or well-known people have to make? (Accept all reasonable answers, including the following examples.World leaders make policy decisions on behalf of their people. Employees sometimes have to choose whether speaking out against wrong is the right decision, even if it costs them their job. Adults vote in elections. Families choose how to spend their money—what they prioritize, or when there isn’t enough money at all, choosing between essentials.)
Consider, too, some big decisions you have to make in your life. We’ll come back to that later. First, we are going to look at a biblical figure who had to make big decisions on behalf of an entire nation, and the lasting impact of those decisions.