Director: Taika Waititi
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Mark Ruffalo, Cate Blanchett, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Taika Waititi, Idris Elba, Karl Urban, Anthony Hopkins, and Benedict Cumberbatch.
Badass, exhilarating, and fun. I can only imagine that these are the words being used to describe Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok. Taking what worked from the previous Thor movies and throwing out the rest, Thor: Ragnarok not only stands as the best solo Thor film but might be the best Marvel movie yet!
Taking Chris Hemsworth’s Thor away from Earth, Thor: Ragnarok throws the character on a wacky adventure to save his home from Ragnarok and the villainous Hela, portrayed by Cate Blanchett. Also along for the ride is Mark Ruffalo’s Incredible Hulk, Tom Hiddleston’s Loki and a few fresh faces in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
While I’ll admit that he wasn’t the “obvious” choice for a Thor movie, Marvel Studios couldn’t have picked a better guy to reinvent the franchise than Hunt For The Wilderpeople director Taika Waititi. Taking a lot of inspiration from Flash Gordon and James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy movies, Waititi has managed to infuse the perfect amount of wacky fun to the franchise, giving us a genuinely hilarious adventure in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film is getting a lot of attention for its comedy and while I will agree that this is undoubtedly the funniest Marvel film, Thor: Ragnarok also has plenty of serious and epic moments, that Marvel fans have come to expect from the Thor franchise.
On a visual note, Thor: Ragnarok is the most creative and visually impressive Marvel film and belongs alongside some of the best looking superhero movies. The opening of the film reveals what is possibly the most badass and best looking moment in any of Marvel’s previous films and thankfully, that visual style carries all the way through the movie, with several sequences standing out as some of the best looking moments in Marvel history.
After four appearances as Thor, Chris Hemsworth is finally given the opportunity to stretch his comedic legs and do something different with the character. For the first time, the God of Thunder feels like a three-dimensional character, who stands up against other Marvel heroes like Captain America and Iron Man. Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston and Tessa Thompson each deliver entertaining portrayals of their respective characters, with Valkyrie and The Hulk stealing more than a few scenes throughout the film.
Marvel’s track-record for villains isn’t the most impressive, and I wouldn’t say that Hela fixes the issue, but she’s a definite improvement for the studio. Cate Blanchett offers a brutal and badass portrayal of a villain, rivalling some of Marvel’s best.
Put plain and simple, Thor: Ragnarok is the Thor film that fans have waited years to see. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has never looked better, and director Taika Waititi has expertly blended comedy with action, creating one of the most badass and exhilarating Marvel films ever.