THOR: RAGNAROK (2017)
Directed by: Taika Waititi
Written by: Eric Pearson, Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost
based on comic books by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber and Jack Kirby
Chris Hemsworth (Thor)
Tom Hiddleston (Loki)
Cate Blanchett (Hela)
Idris Elba (Heimdall)
Jeff Goldblum (Grandmaster)
Tessa Thompson (Valkyrie)
Karl Urban (Skurge)
Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner / Hulk)
Anthony Hopkins (Odin)
Thor is now held prison far across the universe finds he now has to get back to Asgard by any means available to save his homeworld from being destroyed completely by the threat of the all-powerful and seemingly unstoppable evil that is Hela.
I think it is clear I’m not the world’s biggest comic-book film fan but it is fair to say nor am I a negative detractor, I just don’t have anything invested in them. So for every Guardian of the Galaxy that I loved, there is an opposite and equal Avengers: Age of Ultron that nearly sends me to sleep.
The very thing that attracts so many hardcore fans to the franchise of the Marvelverse, the big characters, the bright colours, the non-stop action and destruction sends me to sleep at times. I think certain people can get desensitised to the kicking, punching, flying baddies, explosions and buildings tumbling down. Others love it and I understand that.
I find some of the smartmouth antics of seemingly superconfident characters annoying and no matter how anyone argues there is no peril for any of these characters whose superpowers they don’t seem to use very well. Dr Strange has basically full control over the world and seemingly several others.
I’m a fan of Taika Waititi so it pains me to say that I felt that the humour used throughout this film didn’t seem to fit or was sitting on top of the story. That’s not to say it was not funny at many points but for some reason, it didn’t seem slot in naturally as it did in Guardians of the Galaxy or Dead Pool for instance.
The performances of the main characters are as usual top notch with Jeff Goldblum way up on the quirko-meter as only he can be, Chris Hemsworth is Thor and he has the perfect enemy in the slinky Cate Blanchett who makes being ruthlessly evil seem somehow appealing.
Ragnarok has good points and it will definitely appeal to fans of the genre, although I have read that hardcore fans are not all onside with the humour that is front and centre. I do understand their point of view on this but perhaps not as vehemently as some and not for the same reason.
So to the disagreement and anger of some no doubt I can say Thor: Ragnarok was okay but that is it, just okay. The story at times was extremely silly, the spectacular set pieces, as usual, were spectacular and loud and banging, the comedy big and bold and the whole film was Marveltastic.
I watched it from start to end but I would not watch it again. I have watched Guardians of the Galaxy more than once. That is probably the biggest difference.