Parent reviews for Mortal
March 6, 2021
The Road... to success, don't be a Thor-loser
This is an entertaining movie and a refreshing pace from the typical eyesore, trope driven, feature film. If you enjoyed The Road, then you'll like this revelation style movie. Instead of blurting every key piece of information, the director slows the whole pace down and lets the story unfold. Most critics are complaining about this, but good things take more time so revel in the unveiling. I think this is an excellent movie to lead kids to discuss pacing in good story telling, the value of showing-not-telling, and CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy). The lead female is a psychologist and coaches the protagonist through CBT throughout the whole movie. There's also a great sub plot about religion. The lead foil for the protagonist, who he saved, believes that people of other religions would freak out because the main character verifies the ancient Norse religion. So her brilliant plan is to assassinate him, to protect the world's religious and faithful. Now she doesn't state her faith, but she refers to them seemingly like 'other'. In doing so, she triggers the events for the sequel, I hope. But it's an interesting demonstration, where the Christian sheriff is more willing to consider this Thor-son, than the faithless bureaucrat who thinks she is uniquely qualified to decide for everyone because if her fear. When faced with the sacred, the only thing she knew to do was kill it, rather than to observe and learn. Big questions tackled in this movie. There is much more good here, if you slow down to enjoy it.