DIRECTOR: Taika Waititi
Thor: Ragnarok plays with itself well. Kiwi director Taika Waititi wants his audience to have fun and enjoy themselves. Not only that, he wants his actors to be excited too. All of that you’ll find here.
The pre title sequence sets up the tone of the film just like you’d watch a 007 pre title sequence. Instead of asking do we get suave Bond or action 007, we ask will we get serious Thor or dead pan dry Thor? The latter is what we experience. Thor has his action moments in the pre title sequence, he has one liners and kicks ass to Led Zeppelin’s Immigrant Song.
Thor must rescue his planet Asgard from his big evil sister Hela (Blanchett). The perfect villainess to Thor’s brute hero. We have Loki ( Hiddleston) showing up and the film creates its perfect comic timing and if Loki can be trusted at all.
The other superhero we see show up on the scene is Valkryie (Thompson) who loves her bottle of drink and although captured Thor to take him to The Grandmaster ( Goldblum) has to ask if she’s made the right choice morally.
Comedy is a plenty in this Marvel film, full of one liners, direct comebacks and a certain carefree recklessness where the filmmakers simply wants you to treat this film as a fun night out.
I can already expect tweets, forums and memes exploding saying that the film doesn’t respect the Marvel Universe. It’s Marvel Cinematic Universe with Disney they’ll say and hate the film. Comics have become Holy Text while films are being translated on screen. Fanboys act like theologians who hurriedly source the comic or graphic novel as if it’s biblical Hebrew. Does it align with scripture of the comic they ask?
The film stands up on its own from the Marvel franchises. There’s a lot of actors who show up on the scene to do their bit and carry this comedy action all the way. Taika Waititi understands humour and comic timing well that during the film the viewer waits in anticipation to see what will happen next. It’s a fun ride and one to simply enjoy like a “stupid avenger”.
Like any comic book film, watch all the end credits for easter eggs.
Chris Hemsworth as Thor
Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/ Hulk
Tessa Thompson as Valkryie
Cate Blanchett as Hela
Tom Hiddleston as Loki
Jeff Goldblum as The Grandmaster