Director: Taika Waititi
Those becoming tired of the MCU might just find themselves a tonic in the shape of the third Thor film, Ragnarok. Directed by Taika Waititi (Hunt for the Wilderpeople, What We Do In The Shadows), this is by far and away the best of the three Thor movies and, in my humble opinion, the best Marvel since the first Guardians of The Galaxy movie.
Waititi brings his own brand of Kiwi humour to the franchise, with some laugh out loud interactions between the main protagonists and a scene stealing turn by the director himself, voicing the rock monster gladiator, Korg. The script is full of quotable lines, and Hemsworth and Ruffalo are a great double act as Thor and The Hulk.
There’s a great cast here with Jeff Goldblum having fun as the Grand Master, Cate Blanchett vamping it up as Hela, Goddess of Death and a star turn from Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie. For once Marvel has some strong female characters on screen. But such is the pull of Marvel now that you can spot some big names popping up for a two minute cameo (look out for the “play” in Asgard). The look of the film is great too, utilising a much brighter colour palette and set design that owes an obvious debt to the artwork of Jack Kirby, all circles and geometric designs.
The action is deftly handled and although the movie runs over two hours it never drags. Thor diving into action at the climax to Led Zep’s Immigrant Song is quite magnificent.
The only negatives are a bit of a nothing part for Karl Urban and Idris Elba yet again being wasted as Heimdall.
Marvel continue to be on a roll and the ending sets up Infinity War nicely. DC must be grinding their teeth.
Might appeal to people who enjoyed:
The other Marvel movies, especially Guardians.