“Thor: Ragnarok” is directed by Taika Waititi and stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Jeff Goldblum, and Tessa Thompson. This the third film in Thor’s run of solo movies and is about Thor leaving Asgard after the evil Hela threatens to take it over, and from there Thor must survive on a very strange planet, in which he is forced to battle Hulk for survival.
Marvel has been incredibly consistent with their movies, but almost to the point where their formula has become a little stale. So, when the electric trailer came out for this film, showing a much more lighthearted and weird style, as well as the decision to give Taika Waititi the reigns made me incredibly excited to see a different type of superhero film from Marvel.
This is the mix-up that Marvel needed to break out of the usual format and style that the franchise has built their success on, and that is entirely due to the crazy and amazing direction given by Taika Waititi. Waititi successfully turns a big-budget blockbuster into his own movie, and makes it feel much smaller and personally crafted than any Marvel film ever has, besides maybe the first “Guardians of the Galaxy”.
Much of what Waititi does is due to his amazing ability to create a tone that perfectly fits the character of Thor. This is, above all else, a brilliantly fun and entertaining film, and that plays perfectly to the strengths of its actors. Chris Hemsworth has never been better as the God of Thunder, as he uses more of his natural charm to create some truly hysterical moments, while also showing wonderful chemistry with the rest of the cast. Tom Hiddleston continues to prove he was born to play Loki, and he does that more than ever in this film. Hiddleston is Marvel’s best villain for a reason, and that is because he is just so damn fun to watch that it’s almost difficult to root against him, and he plays off Hemsworth brilliantly in this movie.
Moving to more supporting roles, there were tons that added to the enjoyment of the film and created a much more vibrant cast than Marvel is used to having. Mark Ruffalo shines as both the Hulk and Bruce Banner and creates a fantastic dynamic between Hemsworth that lead to a lot of laughs. Jeff Goldblum is a welcome addition to the cast and is consistently enjoyable to watch, as is Tessa Thompson, whose character took a little more time to get behind, but by the end, I loved what she brought to the movie as a whole. The surprising highlight came from a character I didn’t even know existed coming in, and that is Waititi’s performance as Korg. Waititi loves to put himself into his films, and here he picks the most loveable and consistently hysterical of them all to portray, and I just could not believe how much this character’s lines worked to add that little bit of comedy whenever it was needed.
I’ve talked about it a lot, but it is the comedy that is simply spot on in this film, and that is what makes “Thor: Ragnarok” one of Marvel’s best solo films in a long time. This is a movie that painted a smile on my face from start to finish, whether it be well-crafted scenes with dialogue, smart, well-shot action scenes that gave me everything that I wanted from them, or the lovable cast of characters that consistently shows excellent charisma, and nails the lines they are meant to deliver. This movie is an absolute blast, and Waititi should be praised enormously for his work in making that happen.
For as many terrific things are in this film, I have but only a few complaints that could have only slightly improved this movie. The first is rather minuscule, but there are these shock-collar things that are used throughout the film, and they felt like a lazy way to move the plot forward, especially in the latter half, and the more enwrapped these things were in what was happening, the more they annoyed me.
The biggest of small complaints comes, sadly, from Cate Blanchett’s role as Hela. First off, Blanchett gives a strong performance and she certainly has her moments that I enjoyed, but she ended up being more generic than I hoped coming in, and, especially given how phenomenal of an actress I know she is, I wish Waititi implemented her more into this lighthearted tone than she was, and it felt as if she was in her own movie for much of this one.
“Thor: Ragnarok” is simply one of the most enjoyable experiences in a movie theater all year. Hemsworth, Hiddleston, and Ruffalo nail their returning performances, possibly even better than ever before, and new cast members truly add a lot of enjoyment to make this film standout among a strong Marvel Cinematic Universe. Taika Waititi is a force to be reckoned with, and a director that should be on everyone’s lookout after this film, as he has made a movie that breaks the mold and is an absolute blast of a time.
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