In what we are being led to believe is the third and final Thor movie, Thor (Hemsworth) is captured, enslaved and sent to the outer edges of the universe where he is sold to the Grandmaster (Goldblum) and then expected to fight against that planet’s reigning champion The Hulk (CGI). Of course, things don’t go quite to plan.
Because of course they don’t else we would not have ourselves a shiny new Thor movie.
So Thor is stranded on the other side of the universe as Hela (Blanchett) lays claim to the throne of Asgard. Thor needs to get the hell out of Dodge and save his people. Bruce Banner (Ruffalo) is going to help him. YAY! So is Valkyrie (Thomspon). YAY! Loki (Hiddleston) is also going to help. Oh um hmmmmmmm okay.
Let the adventure begin!
Now, within minutes of the movie opening, it becomes obvious that this is not the usual Marvel fare and that has almost everything to do with the director, Taika Waititi. Waititi is one of my favourite directors, responsible for two of the best movies of recent years, the insanely good vampire mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows and last year’s smash hit, Hunt for the Wilderpeople. He brings levity and an irreverent sense of fun to a franchise that was just a movie away from being tired and dull.
What. You know I’m right……
Anyway, Thor is not what you expect and yet everything you expect. Hemsworth is allowed to truly flex his comedic muscles and Hiddleston is back with an even more slyly charming Loki, if that is even possible. Ruffalo is as wonderful and stoic as usual with relative unknown Thompson giving them all a run for their money.
But it is Blanchett’s Hela who truly owns this movie. I feel that Hela is quite possibly the villainiest villain who ever strutted across our screens and/or collective imaginations. Stopping just this side of camp and that side of demonic, she is, quite simply, beyond fabulous.
Oh and I could not write this review without special mention for the amazing Korg. I will let you discover this guy all on your own. You are welcome 🙂
Thor Ragnarok is fun, funny, dramatic, action packed, clever, witty and thoroughly entertaining.
4 ¾ stars
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Director : Taika Waititi
Starring : Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Mark Ruffalo, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Anthony Hopkins, Benedict Cumberbatch, Taika Waititi, Rachel House
Running Time : 130 minutes
Release Date : In cinemas now
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