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BY Newt superstar
The hype is real - this really is a funny Marvel movie with the trademark action remaining a high watermark. The action sequences, especially of Thor facing off with the Hulk is amazing - perhaps the best since the original Avengers movie. The cast is stacked but Chris Hemsworth owns the movie and no Jeff Goldblum scene stealing or Cate Blanchett megalomania will trump the title card character. What an amazing achievement for Taika Waititi to revitalise a character on the wane.
BY adamatdramatrain superstar
Wacky, cartoonish, broad strokes slapstick scenes as joyous as they were totally unexpected.
Well, imagine the flavour of those two brief but beautiful scenes woven into an entire... More Marvel movie and you have THOR: RAGNAROK.
Taika Waititi (director of one of my all-time favourite family films, HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE), proves an inspired choice as director, bringing his off-kilter comedic chops to the hilarious double-act that is Thor and Hulk.
Think James Gunn’s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY and you have the style, a rainbow palette of gaudy colours and 1950s sci-fi novel covers come to life, in a big, bold, brash unashamedly comic-book delight, that never takes itself seriously. That’s probably its biggest fault too. It’s so busy having fun that drama, tension and you know, threat, never really get a foothold.
But if it’s entertainment you’re after, fun for the family and the best Marvel movie ride since GUARIANS VOL 1? Look no further! Taika Waititi delivers and delivers BIG in a movie that’s as rich in diversity (of both cast and crew) as it is in spectacle, comedy, action and outright fun with a capital F.
Yup, Taika takes the piss, laughing at the comic book silliness of it all, whilst simultaneously paying homage and showing respect. It’s a deft high-wire walk, but he pulls it off, striking the perfect balance of outrageous humour and nods to past Marvel movies and comic book lore.
All up, THOR 3 is dazzlingly designed popcorn fare for anyone who laughed it up in AVENGERS and GUARDIANS VOL 1, loved the spaced-out visuals of DR STRANGE, the warm-hearted humour of SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING, or the buddy comedy of ANT-MAN.
It all comes complete with cameos galore, and a few naughty wisecracks that’ll fly over the kids’ heads, but have adults inadvertently spitting out their popcorn.
Chris Hemsworth owns Thor, clearly having a ball in this third and easily best (as in best looking and most entertaining) of the THOR stand-alone Marvel trilogy. Forming his own team of, um, “Revengers”, Thor is joined in a wonderful double-act by both Mark Ruffalo’s Dr Banner and a pretty darn fine CGI Hulk.
Loki lovers rejoice, the Hiddleston (Tom) is back, long locks intact, as Thor’s trickster brother, but villain duties go here to the wonderful Cate Blanchett as Hela, kicking ass and stealing scenes as the God of Death.
But nobody steals scenes like Jeff Goldblum, who turns up the Goldbluming to eleven, narrowly beating the director’s hilarious voice performance as Kiwi-accented rock-monster, Korg.
Talking of rock monsters, the music rocks from the opening Led Zep-themed battle through to the end.
Easily the most fun family Marvel movie since the first GUARDIANS instalment, and yes, quite possibly one of the top five best comic book movies in the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe), THOR puts the rock in Ragnarok.Hide
BY Alissa-Warren superstar