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Thor’s latest entry – Thor Ragnarok full movie marks a stark (not the Tony stuff) difference from the movie’s predecessors.
In the franchise’s third instalment, our favourite Norse god Thor has come into his own, flipped his golden mane back and is down to have a good time. The audience will only adore the guy more for it. You’ve never seen Marvel take such a bet and come out with a glorious success. Thor Ragnarok is less superhero and more of a goofy comedy. Certainly, we’ve seen humour unfurl an ancillary onscreen with other Marvel titles.
There’ve been cocky lines and snide satire thrown about generously but the atmosphere has for the most part remained dead-serious. In Thor Ragnarok, grim moments seamlessly give way to a gag or a silly joke. It’s a remarkable shift from Marvel norms and comes from the mind of New Zealand moviemaker Taika Waititi, who reached cult fame with his hilarious 2014 parody What We Do in the Shadows.
The latest from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) puts Asgard in grave danger. Thor (Chris Hemsworth) must save his hometown, Asgard when his malicious older sister Hela, the goddess of death (a deliciously twisted Cate Blanchett) returns to wreak havoc. It’s not a novel concept, but Waititi takes the derived plot and gives his audience fireworks, jokes and wholesome entertainment. He makes Hemsworth scream like a little girl, scare of things like getting a hair cut, trip over himself and say the silliest lines.
Certainly, Hemsworth – a highlight of last year’s failed Ghostbusters reboot – proves yet again he’s got comedic flair. For instance, in a bid to impress a woman, a fellow Asgardian named Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), Thor – banding together soldiers to fight – wants to call his new group the Revengers. Fantastically, the director never once dilutes the essence of Thor’s true superhero being. Not even when he’s clearly explaining the relationship he has with his beloved hammer using very questionable sensual references.
But it’s Thor’s interaction with Hulk that anchors the film’s comedy. Their love-hate relationship and camaraderie are split inducing. Another unexpected highlight is Loki (Tom Hiddleston) who’s as sneaky as ever, but this time, his evil blunted and instead he’s never been more endearing.
With budgets that could feed countless nations, it’s only natural Marvel flicks look spectacular. Thor is no exception; the special effects are out of this world. Plus, all that money also pays for a huge cast which includes Jeff Goldblum as the odd and cruel Elder of the Universe, Idris Elba as the Asgardian protector, Heimdall and Anthony Hopkins as Thor’s father Odin. Then there so many cameos such Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr Stephan Strange and others you have to keep an eye out for.
Waititi too voices the Kronan (alien species) named Krog, who may be huge and made of stone but sports the voice of a slightly high surfer from Australia. The tech marvels (pun intended), charming folks onscreen and hilarious script are only amplified with a killer soundtrack featuring Led Zeppelin’s ‘Immigrant Song’ that makes you want to enter the arena to get down and dirty.
It’s been hard to think about a superhero film outdoing Wonder Woman that released earlier this year. But Taititi’s Thor hammered at it and raised the bar not just for Marvel’s flicks but generally for the genre.