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I was urged by my friend Tom to watch Hunt for the Wilderpeople. After all, he did recommend Baby Driver and that was incredible. Hunt for the Wilderpeople was hilarious, so when I found out Taika Waititi was taking on the God of Thunders next film, I was excited about the comedic route that would be taken. It’s fair to say that Ragnarok fulfilled my expectations.
From kiwi director Taika Waititi and starring Chris Hemsworth, Cate Blanchett and Mark Ruffalo, Thor: Ragnarok is the third instalment in the Thor franchise and the 17th cinematic instalment in the MCU. Thor and Loki meet their sister, Hela, for the first time, who unleashes hell on their home of Asgard. She exiles them to Sakaar where they must escape and get back to Asgard to prevent Ragnarok, the end of everything.
Personally, I had a blast watching Ragnarok. Marvel have been adding comedy to their movies for quite some time, and it has worked in a few places. The closest to Ragnarok’s level of comedy was Ant-Man and had Edgar Wright remained as the director, it may have actually won funniest Marvel movie in my opinion. Taika Waititi directs this instant hit and is the perfect director for Ragnarok. He has a unique style in his films that slotted neatly into the movie. Chris Hemsworth returns to play the titular character, but we see a more innocent and funny side to Thor in Ragnarok. He’s lost Mjolnir and is partially on a journey of self-discovery. When Thor feels he can’t fight without Mjolnir, Odin appears in a vision to say that Thor isn’t the God of Hammers, but the God of Thunder. That’s something Ragnarok did perfectly. It rips away all the irrelevant parts of Thor, like Jane and his home (even though that’s what he’s fighting for) and even his hammer to focus on what Thor really is. The God of Thunder. It was incredible to see him like this, and I see this is as Chris Hemsworth’s best performance as Thor. Speaking of incredible, Hulk was just that! He had a nice character arc. Like in other Marvel films, we see Bruce Banner struggling between his human form and being the Hulk. We have Banner having been in Hulk form for 2 years, then transform back into Banner with some help from Thor. One thing that irritated me was the fight between Thor and Hulk, but I’ll get to that later. Tom Hiddleston returns to play Loki, Thor’s half-brother. Hiddleston plays Loki with the perfect blend of mischief and seriousness and was a great character. The role of the Valkyrie was played by Tessa Thompson. She was fantastic! The Valkyrie was a stubborn character who had evidently been hurt and wanted to leave the past behind. Thompson did this perfectly and brought a hint of badassery to this role. Jeff Goldblum plays the Grand Master, the leader of Sakaar where Thor, Loki, Hulk and Valkyrie try to escape from. He brought the same Goldblum spark as he usually does to films, but I found him more hilarious than others thought. It was the little things he did, like a reaction to Valkyrie stroking his face, or getting excited over something, that had me in fits of laughter. My only criticism is that he was quite monotone as a character and somewhat dull in places. Thor and the Revengers face off against their half-sister and Goddess of Death, Hela. She was played by Cate Blanchett who evidently had great fun playing this character and she was brilliant at Hela. The best character had to go to Taika Waititi’s Korg. Anytime you mention this film, people talk more about Korg than anything else. He was so hilarious and entertaining, and I would have loved to have seen more from him.
Ragnarok’s music was pretty good. The use of Led Zeppelin’s ‘Immigrant Song’ was featured in the trailers and twice in the film, and so it did get a little repetitive. The funky-sounding music when the Grandmaster meets Thor was awesome and futuristic. That’s all I really can remember about the music, but overall it was good!
The story and plot were indeed interesting but was not the best. I mean, the way the whole film was executed through the direction and acting was superb, but the plot itself seemed formulaic. It was like the protagonist must assemble a team to fight and stop a force of evil. We’ve seen this in most comic book movies, from Avengers to Justice League. Some movies actually do it better than others, and Ragnarok was definitely one of them. Waititi’s direction was amazing. He brought comedy to the MCU and the film had a comic book feel to it. One thing that was both awesome yet a little disappointing for me was the Hulk vs Thor fight. It was teased in both trailers and it was thrilling to see it happen, especially as Thor didn’t have Mjolnir to his advantage. So during this long-anticipated fight, we see Thor unlocking his true thunder powers, and it’s fantastic to see a fair fight, that actually looks like something out of a comic book, coming to life on the silver screen between these to mighty warriors. And Hulk wins. This was infuriating! Hulk may have won, but it was unfair! Thor was zapped and weakened by the Grand Master and the shocker on his neck. Had Thor continued without being zapped, we would have seen who was truly stronger between the two.
There were a few favourite moments from this film. First off, any scene with Korg is immediately a favourite. Korg was the gift that keeps on giving! The two battles with Thor and ‘Immigrant Song’ were Thor-some! I preferred the second one as we saw Thor unleashing his true abilities and it was badass. Meeting the Grandmaster was good fun, Jeff Goldblum was hilarious as this character. The escape from Sakaar was good fun to watch too.
Thor: Ragnarok gets an 8.9/10 from me. It’s personally my favourite MCU film and I had a blast watching this movie. Taika Waititi directed this masterpiece with the perfect balance of comedy and action, which made it more enjoyable. And the comedy was actually funny! Brilliant job on this film, Waititi!
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