Thor Ragnarok (2017)
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Director: Taika Watiti
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson,
Thor Ragnarok is the funniest movie of the year and probably the funniest of all the superhero movies ever made. Marvel Studios has gone back to its winning formula of ‘Superhero action with heavy dose of comedy’. Thor Ragnarok is bang on target- it’s a complete entertainer.
Thor Ragnarok picks up after the events of Avengers Age of Ultron, Hulk has flown into oblivion, Asgard is in utter chaos because it is ruled by Loki, disguised as Odin. The scenes in Asgard are absolute gold with a special appearance by Matt Damon and Luke Helmsworth. I wish that they get bigger roles and extend the Marvel Universe.
Thor is searching every planet in the universe for the infinity stones as he knows they are the key to everything and the fight is for them only. This movie has moved away from the previous dark and serious tones of the Thor series and a large part of that is due to the shift in the image of Thor. Chris Hemsworth is much more than good looks and muscular body and Taika Watiti has done a tremendous job in bringing out the actor in Chris. He is hilarious and an absolute riot as Thor and he should be renamed as God of Comedy given his comic timing.
Equally good is Tom Hiddleston as Loki the “adopted” brother of Thor. Hiddleston has made this role his own, you can’t imagine anyone else for this role. It comes naturally to him, I think in real life also he might be as mischievous as he is on screen. From a guy hell bent on subjugating Earth to fighting alongside Thor for Asgard, Loki’s character has come a complete circle. How his character further evolves leading up to Infinity wars would be very interesting.
Hulk is greener but less meaner in this film and it is very interesting how Marvel has evolved his character too, from being required to be angry to turn green to doing comedy while still being green. The fighting scenes between him and Thor are visually spectacular.
But the biggest strength of the movie is the characters it has launched- whether it is Jeff Goldblum as Grandmaster or Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie or Waititi himself as Korg, all of them have a tremendous screen presence. All the characters are ingrained into the movie and contribute to the comic tone of the movie.
Hela is the villain of the movie and is played by the beautiful and super talented Cate Blanchett. She looks like a sexy vixen in her brunette avatar and is more powerful than Thor himself. I dunno whats with Marvel and their supervillains? They still seem to struggle with the concept and here too Hela just falls flat. There are not many scenes involving her as all the action is happening on some other planet. Its a shame that you cast one of the best actors to play a role and not give her screen time, I really hope that she is not dead as there is so much scope for the character.
Thor Ragnarok is a must watch, a laughter riot but the supervillain is a tad disappointing. Share and recommend it to your friends.