The Hammer is magic; London fucking isn't

The Hammer is magic; London fucking isn’t

I’ll admit it, I was one of those people that got a bit annoyed when Thor got on the tube at Charing Cross and magically appeared in Greenwich three stops later. I may have even voiced my slight outrage on Twitter. But, according to some, I have little to no right to be upset because… ahem…

THOR ISN’T REAL AND HE FLIES AROUND WITH A MAGICAL HAMMER

Well, quite. I get your point. Thor isn’t real. There aren’t nine worlds linked by a massive tree. It’s a story. It’s utter codswallop. But this is cinema. This is HOW IT WORKS. Cinema itself is magic – in the sense that’s it’s all a case of tricking your mind in to believing that what you’re seeing is real. I can happily believe for a good few hours that a Norse god has somehow leapt from another planet via a sort-of wormhole to come and save our earth from being destroyed by creatures from yet another planet not in our solar system. That’s fine. Just like I can believe that Sandra Bullock has been to space and that we’re fighting giant creatures that have been hiding under the sea using Goliathan robots. Totally fine with all of these things. The storyline and characters are there so that everything I see becomes “real”.

So why can’t I believe that Charing Cross is three stops from Greenwich? BECAUSE IT’S NOT. You made the choice to set this particular scene in a very real place and *ever so slightly* change things to fit your storyline. This is fine. You can do this. Budget constraints sometimes lead to this. The limits of where you can film definitely lead to this. But don’t expect me to be happy. London is a real place with an established transport system. People that don’t live in London or don’t pay much attention may not realise and quite happily accept that this is the case, but there’s a whole bunch of people that know the Jubilee Line no longer stops at Charing Cross and that it certainly doesn’t call at Greenwich.

That daft, doe-eyed bint didn’t need to tell him BLATANT LIES. The line could have been written ever-so-slightly differently so that it was correct. So, so easy to change.

And don’t get me started on the Underground sign right in the middle of the Old Royal Naval College. Just no.

[featured image courtesy of expederest]