I am not a Marvel fangirl. I don’t squeal every time a new film is announced or countdown the days until the films are released. In fact, I was getting a little sick of Marvel superhero movies until along came Guardians of the Galaxy, with it’s new brand of Marvel humour and general vibe, it was just what the superhero genre needed. I’m pleased to tell you that Thor: Ragnarok brings that same fresh and exciting feeling. It’s a Marvel blockbuster alright, but with an undeniably quirky director (Taika Waititi) at the helm, a significant amount of kiwi humour and talent thrown in the mix, it really feels like something new.
Taika Waititi has created something special here! Right from the opening scene you can tell it’s going to be a whole bunch of fun. Chris Hemsworth’s talent for comedy takes centre stage throughout. It seems so effortless for him, that you almost forget to acknowledge his performance! There’s just so much amazingness going on in Ragnarok, that the Marvel staples like Thor, Loki and Hulk are easily taken for granted.
Cate Blanchett, as Hela the goddess of death, is actual perfection. I could not stop staring at her gorgeousness and scene stealing screen presence. To be fair, her character is your run-of-the-mill Marvel villain. You know the one…bent on destroying stuff and being super powerful yada yada yada. Blanchett somehow still brings something unique to the table and is just really really impressive. And really good looking. And really badass. And really evil <3
The other scene stealing performance was from Taika himself! He lends his voice to Korg, a 100% kiwi, alien cutie-pie. Thor meets him while trapped in the Grandmaster’s (Jeff Goldblum) prison and Korg shows him the ropes. Without Korg, Ragnarok would have been at least 35% less cool. Of course, Jeff Goldblum was also the bomb.
Loki (Tom Hiddleston) is same old same old. He was almost annoyingly predictable this time round, but he did instigate a couple of the best cameos EVER (no spoilers here!). Look, I’m not denying I’m still totally into Loki. He’s still got that badboy charm and greasy long hair (I’m kidding, that’s not appealing). I’m glad he was in it, he just didn’t stand out in Ragnarok. New girl on the scene, Tessa Thompson, did a fantastic job as Valkyrie! She was funny and badass and beautiful and I look forward to seeing more of her. There were a few pretty jarring ‘flashbacks’ to show us more about Valkyrie’s past which ended up feeling forced and unnecessary.
As for plot, you knew where everything was going pretty quickly, as is often the case with Marvel films – so no surprises there. Ragnarok’s strength is in it’s characters and dialogue. You just want some scenes to go on and on and on, just to see the characters interact more. I wasn’t that concerned with where the plot was going or even that interested in how it was all going to turn out. I was just having fun. Lots of fun!
I really don’t want to spoil anything for you, so I’m just going to leave it there. Please go watch it. I’m 89% sure that you’ll love it (factoring in that I don’t know who you are and that I also love some terrible movies).