Thor: Ragnarok

Thor: Ragnarok

(2017)

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The third Thor film, infused with the trademark humour of director Taika Waititi (Hunt for the Wilderpeople). Follows Thor (Chris Hemsworth) as he attempts to stop the villainous Norse god of Death, Hela (Cate Blanchett), intent on conquering Asgard - and beyond.... More

Along the way, Thor will encounter familiar Marvel faces including Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and his own wayward brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston), before finding himself on an alien gladiator planet ruled by Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum), where Thor must square off against his ol' mate - the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo). The comic/cosmic adventure also features Tessa Thompson, Idris Elba, Anthony Hopkins and Kiwis Karl Urban and Rachel House, among others - including Waititi himself, in a fashion.Hide

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Thor: Ragnarok is even crazier and goofier than the film that had been Marvel's biggest gamble to date, Guardians of the Galaxy, and I reckon the risk is going to pay off for them again. This movie is just so much fun, it's a hilarious superhero romp and nigh impossible to watch without a grin on your face.... More

Just as in 2011's Thor, the best fight scene is a kind of throwaway one at the start of the film - but unlike that first movie and definitely unlike 2013's The Dark World, this new one makes no apologies for being a comedy first and anything else second. Yes, it's a superhero movie and it does have action in it, but it's almost as if that stuff gets in the way of the jokes.

It's a Thor and Hulk buddy comedy supported by a range of colourful characters who are mostly wonderful, but none more so than Jeff Goldblum as Grandmaster. It feels like the direction he was given was "Goldblum harder than you've ever Goldblummed before". And he does. And lo, it is f-cking great.

The relentless silliness that is generally so endearing is occasionally a little annoying, however. Having the Hulk sulk in his room like a grounded teen at times and function like an '80s movie ape sidekick at others feels dangerously close to being sacrilegious. There's also a Kiwi accent that pops up in outer space so jarringly Jango Fett himself would get a shock, but I loved that.

Taika Waititi has somehow pulled off making a film that fits seamlessly into both his own body of work and Marvel's mammoth series. It's not his best movie nor is it the best Marvel flick yet, but it sure is a delight.Hide


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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.


Helluva lot of fun, but the humour felt a wee bit forced.


My favourite bits in the first AVENGERS movie were the entire audience bursting into uncontrollable, delighted laughter as Hulk suddenly sideswiped Thor, sending the God of Thunder flying off screen, and of course Hulk swinging Loki around like a rag doll, as he pulverised the trickster into the concrete floor.

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


I was so excited to see this film, I mean mega excited and was not disappointed. Laughed myself silly, a breath of minty fresh air, a "super hero" flick that doesn't take itself soooo seriously. All the old cast does an exemplary job with just basically taking the micky out of their character but also pulling it back when the plot calls for it and all seamlessly because it worked. Honestly the cast/crew must had a blast making this film. Taika (yay for kiwi's kicking hollyweird butt) is... More triumphant as the director and of course as Korg (a scene stealing rock monster) Just came out smiling and buzzed and isn't that why we go to the movies in the first place. Go see it, you'll be thrilled you did and then you can go back to watch the first two.Hide


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The Press Reviews

  • Wall-to-wall fun - big screen blockbuster superhero escapism, Marvel merriment delivered directly into the heart of the mainstream multiplex through the Taiki Waititi Kaleidoscope. Full Review

  • This is a Marvel movie that knows when to embrace the ridiculous and when to puncture any pomposity, and it's a delight from start to big finish. Full Review

  • The greatest trick this studio wants to pull, at this point, is to make more of the same feel either exhilaratingly fresh, or sufficiently retro-inflected to qualify as a nostalgia trip. Full Review

  • Daft as a badger sandwich and twice as funny, this is vintage Waititi, and the boldest, most outrageously fun film Marvel has yet produced. Full Review

  • Almost an admission that you can’t play this material straight. This is probably the wisest strategy with Thor. Full Review

  • ...almost certainly the best time you'll have at the movies this year. Full Review

  • In a world of portentous blockbusters getting ever darker, it’s a joy to see one throwing on the disco lights. Full Review

  • In New Zealand, with Taika already a local hero, it's pretty much impossible not to walk into Thor: Ragnarok without your hopes soaring. I'm so happy to be able to report it doesn't let them down. Full Review

  • The whole thing is frankly insane and risky as hell, but it's paid off. Ragnarok is everything Marvel needs to breathe life into the franchise... Full Review

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