Louis Turfrey reviews Thor: Ragnarok and gives us his thoughts.
Best Thor yet? Definitely. Best Marvel movie? No, but that’s not a bad thing.
Ragnarok will cause a division in opinion, not because it’s a bad Marvel movie, but because it offers up entertainment, action, humour and even a few WOW moments. Fans of the ‘serious’ MCU might not like it, but fans of Guardians definitely will.
I’m not going to spoil the story, but I will say this. In many ways this is one of the funniest, most entertaining Marvel movies I have ever watched. I’m rating it up there with Guardians Of The Galaxy. There are some classic moments with set pieces, (some of which are in the trailers), and some definite moments where you feel both sad and invigorated. This is a buddy movie in so many ways, first of all with Loki and then with Banner as the comic foil. In fact there is one scene when Banner gets involved in the fight on Asgard that had me laughing so hard I nearly pulled a muscle.
Sets and scenery are as lush and inventive as any previous MCU movie, but are helped along by the New Zealand director Taika Waititi’s innate sense of fun and deadpan humour. Waititi himself voices one of my favourite new characters, a rock creature called Korg, and at times completes the scene perfectly.
This movie deals with some major upheavals in Thor’s life, his search for his father, learning he has a sister who is the mistress of death, losing his hammer – it’s enough to drive any hero to breaking point. The thing is, despite this upheaval, Thor takes it on the chin. He even passes along a few life lessons to his brother on the way and despite Loki being a trickster by nature, in the end he does what any real brother would do – he backs Thor.
There are many moments in this movie that will offer up surprises, but it’s not complicated. Fan’s of the genre will find plenty of action, masses of special effects and great performances by the cast. Jeff Goldblum is perfect as an immortal despot, the Grandmaster, who see’s himself as a saviour and is great at manipulating people. He also gets some of the best lines, but one of the funniest moments is near the beginning of the movie and doesn’t involve any of the main cast. Spoiler ahead.
There is a scene where an acting troupe is portraying the death of Loki, as Loki watches disguised as Odin, and features cameo’s from some big stars. Matt Damon as Loki and Sam Niell as an impressive Odin. All of this happens as Chris Hemsworth watches his real life brother, Luke, playing his character Thor as part of the story.
We also see Benedict Cumberbatch return briefly as Doctor Strange – wearing the Eye of Agamoto, and watch out for Stan Lee himself as a gladiatorial barber.
I must also add that Cate Blanchett plays a really good villain. Completely irredeemable yet at the same time interesting. She’s true evil and really shows up Loki for what he is, a trickster. Tom Hiddleston as Loki is also as entertaining as usual and as I said earlier, acts as a great foil to Chris Hemsworth as Thor. A shout out must also go to Tessa Thompson who is kick-ass in this movie, literally.
I can’t say this is the best Marvel movie, but it is certainly entertaining and funny. It’s story covers a definitive time in the life of Thor and sets us up perfectly for the next instalment of The Avengers.
I think I’m going to have to see this film again.