Since the Marvel universe descending onto our cinema screens, there has been one man who has stood out to me! Thor is the best Avenger in my eyes and his latest adventure in Thor: Ragnarok is his best one yet!
Back for another adventure Chris Hemsworth joins regulars Tom Hiddleston, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Mark Ruffalo, Idris Elba and new faces Tessa Thompson, Cate Blanchett and director of the film Taika Waititi, who had a voiceover cameo in the film in the film as Korg, bring laughs and superhero charm to the max in Thor: Ragnarok.
Following on from the second film and in the case of the Hulk, Avengers Age of Ultron, Thor: Ragnarok follows Thor as he comes to terms with the death of his father and the consequences that brings to Asgard. Discovering he has a sister, Hela, the Goddess of Death, he is soon banished from his homeland and stripped of his hammer, ending up on a very strange planet.
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Upon meeting the Grand Master, he finds himself being turned into a fighter, taking on many evil figures. Whilst also introducing some incredibly Groot like figures in Krog, a rock fighter who overlooks the other competitors. Along the way, Thor finds himself making friends with his long-term foe Hulk, as well as his brother Loki and newcomer Valkyrie to try and win back his thunder and home.
Waititi has obviously been given a lot of freedom with the film and for that I am thankful. I am sure many of you will be too. We all know that Hemsworth can be funny and Waititi uses this to bring freshness to the Thor trilogy. Whilst the second film brought darkness, Waititi and Hemsworth use Thor’s thunder to bring lightness to the feature. And the same is shown for Ruffalo’s Hulk.
Always seen as the serious one, the Hulk is both giant and human in this film. Expertly planned throughout by Ruffalo! It is a new side to his character, one that the comics have touched on, which is so welcome. It does feel like only Waititi could bring this side of humanity in the green figure to life, as he just has this knowledge of making a monstrous figure appear human (See What We Do In The Shadows for further evidence of this Lovelies).
The story is one of the strongest in recent superhero films. Taking on board the recent love for the 80s Waititi and producer Kevin Feige have called upon 80s music, look and cinematic fun to bring a story that will keep people smiling. Hemsworth, Ruffalo and Hiddleston have done this many times already, but this Marvel adventure is theirs. And Matt Damon’s if you count his very amazing early scene.
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But back to the main three for a moment, because every second they share, you wish that the Revengers kind of were a real group over the serious Avengers team. Thompson is a welcome contender to the group, who will inspire many young children to take on the world and Blanchett is a fabulous female villain, who rocks every moment her sinister character appears on screen.
As a director Waititi has been making sure people remember his work and he is definitely going to become a household name after this. His love of film is all over this and it really really shines out. He knows how to keep an audience entertained with every little detail. From the opening cage scene to the closing sequences showing Thor’s new reigning power, every close up, wide pan or CGI technique has been made with lots of creative thoughts in mind. Nothing ever screams that the film is going to overboard.
Nothing screams that this is too much for a superhero film. Nothing in it makes you bored. It all just works. Especially when it has a simple but kick ass soundtrack to go with it too, as hinted at in the trailer.
The post credit scenes are calling for something darker, but this feature will only bring a lightness to you. As the nights get darker, Thor: Ragnarok will bring that New Zealand sunshine into your home and make you sing Immigrant Song for a long time.