Film: Thor Ragnarok
Release Date: 3rd November 2017
Director: Taika Waititi
Writers: Eric Pearson, Craig Kyle, Christopher Yost
Actor(s): Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Tom Hiddleston (Loki) Cate Blanchett (Hela)
Sometimes I find with Comic Book films is that it’ll occasionally take itself too seriously or trying too hard to be hilarious (looking at you DC). I’ve always wanted to see a comic book film and be immersed in it, feel like I’m seeing the comic itself come to life, feel like that little nerdy girl with her comic books once more, Thor Ragnarok achieved that for me.
Imprisoned on the other side of the universe, the mighty Thor finds himself in a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against the Hulk, his former ally and fellow Avenger. Thor’s quest for survival leads him in a race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela from destroying his home world and the Asgardian civilization.
This was certainly a Taika Waititi film. If you’ve seen one or two of his films you can see similarity in his direction style. You can tell on occasion when they were improvising their lines (it’s been said that 80% of the film was improvised, a Waititi style indeed). Chris Hemsworth had proven time and time again to be a great actor and even though he improvised brilliantly, I don’t think he’s on Waika’s level. I wouldn’t think it would be something that would come easy for him (or for many people) and you could definitely sense that in some scenes.
The scenes were so vibrant and breathtaking!! The scene with the Valkyrior was absolutely incredible, it looked just like a Renaissance painting. I wish they did more with that scene because visually it was absolutely spectacular. 80’s is such a massive trend at the moment with films and I genuinely thought this would be overkill but it really isn’t. It looked like and LSD dream.
The script was hilarious in parts and the actors were all on top form. Taika Waititi stole the entire film as Korg who had the cinema in stitches (there were only eight of us viewing this film in a huge cinema, so laughing out loud proved beyond awkward). The humour was dry, witty, cute, all the positives you can think of. Favourite line has to be “I try to start a Revolution but I didn’t bring enough pamphlets’, safe to say I was howling at this point.
I made a little yelp when I spotted Tadanobu Asano!! He’s one of my favourite Asian actors and I cannot believe Hollywood hasn’t swiped him up yet!!
I wish they had done more with Hela. She was barely in it and wasn’t given many memorable lines or scenes. Hela is the Goddess of Death. A character like that has the potential to steal the whole damn film but instead she came off more of a nuisance that the bringer of death and destruction.
I want to take a second to talk about something that kept catching my attention throughout most of the film: Chris Hemsworth’s arms. Did you see the size of them?! He’s a BEAST! They were huuuge!!! With the majority of Marvel films us girls and boys can expect a topless scene. And we got one. Thank you director.
Dear Hollywood, more Taika Waititi film please. Took you long enough to find him so don’t lose him now!! How will they take the next Thor film though? Waititi’s humour is very specific, they’ll have to change the whole style and feel of the film, unless they have him direct again (fingers crossed).