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REVIEW: Even if you’re not into superhero movies at all, you’re going to love Thor Ragnarok. Not only is it hilarious – it’s the best Marvel film yet.
THOR has always existed in one of the grimmer corners of the MCU film series with its grandiose tales about fathers complete with sons and family secrets.
Be assured, this third installment is not that. Thor Ragnarok full movie is an exhilarating, fresh take on the superhero movie, a smashingly good two hours of fun you won’t want to take back.
In a MCU that increasingly depends on levity, the first two Thor films were almost outliers. But there were moments of frivolity here and there, and in the two Avengers films, that showcased Chris Hemsworth’s great comedic timing.
Capitalizing on it has enabled Marvel to reset the Thor films for the better good.
Knowing they had a comedic brilliance up their sleeves, the Marvel bosses also wisely let him injecting the series with his trademark blend of humor and heart.
The result is a cheeky, sometimes-strange but always entertaining movie that Australian audiences, sharing a similar sensibility with our cousins across the ditch, will wholeheartedly embrace.
Set two years after the events of Avengers Age of Ultron and four years after Thor The Dark World, the God of Thunder (Hemsworth) — clever boy — has finally cottoned on that his brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) has usurped their father Odin (Anthony Hopkins) on the throne of Asgard.
When the indestructible Goddess of Death, Hela (Cate Blanchett), emerges and destroys his mighty hammer, Thor finds himself banished to a planet on the other side of the universe while Hela ravages his home and murders his people.
On Sakkar, Thor is conscripted into the Nero-like Grandmaster’s (Jeff Goldblum) gladiatorial combat arena where he’s faced off with Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), his “friend from work”. Thor and Hulk haven’t shared a lot of interaction on the Avengers flicks and the chemistry between the two here begs the question as to why no one had paired the buddies off before — it’s amazing.
Thor also meets Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), a hard-drinking warrior now working as a “scrapper” — introduced in a manner that would make Marvel TV hero Jessica Jones proud.
He makes friend with Korg, a rock-monster whose tough exterior hides a gentle revolutionary soul. He’s hilariously voiced and motion-captured by Waititi, who always shows up somewhere in his own films.
There’s a looseness to Thor Ragnarok full movie, in contrary to its previous Shakespearean aspirations, originally established by Kenneth Branagh in the first movie.
Even though Waititi didn’t write this film as he has done with his previous work, the majority of the dialogue was improvised on set with the Kiwi feeding lines to his actors from the side. He also let Goldblum run rampant, delivering alchemy with his fellow Rachel House, a mainstayer in Waititi films.
Waititi’s instinct for getting the best out of his performers, involving Hemsworth’s funny bone and wonderful timing, is key to why Thor Ragnarok watch online works best. It’s evident that everyone had so much fun making this movie and that spirit of joy carries through to what audiences see.
And you’ve got to think that Waititi especially enjoys making fun of Hemsworth by repatedly have him take pratfalls.
Even superhero films’ recurring weaknesses — a weak bad guy and a bloated third act — are minimized to the max here, though not entirely gone. Blanchett’s Hela is a formidable villainess but her all-conquering ambitions aren’t quite as compelling to watch as those rare moments when she’s snarly.
The MCU has yet to offer up a better baddie than the amoral Loki, who, in the hands of Waititi is somehow even more frustratingly enchanting. Though Goldblum’s Grandmaster, if you think of him as the secondary baddie of the film, comes quite close.
Of course, Thor Ragnarok full movie is more than “just funny”. It also nails the action, the visuals — from the industrial chaos of Sakkar to the manic battle on the Bifrost bridge — and the music with inspired use of 70s prog rock.
And for those who might be concerned that Waititi has gone and tinkered too much with something they already love, don’t worry, there are still tons of callbacks to previous Marvel films.
What he has done is taken the MCU to the next level and propelled Thor Ragnarok full movie to the very top of an already formidable series.