Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok — the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization — at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela.
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In which Marvel pairs their most absurd franchise with their most absurdist director. The schtick—genre solemnity, puffed then deflated—is as simple and limited as it is appealing, but the film unlocks the appeal of goth Cate Blanchett, glam Jeff Goldblum, 8-bit-style music, and the visual insanity of Waititi realizing that, as long as CGI has turned actors into cartoons, you might as well run it all towards Tashlin.
There is lots of space for silliness here, yet “Thor: Ragnarok” is one of the most absorbing, even unpretentious Marvel-based films in years, and that’s because Waititi, in a bold move, did not take it too seriously. He just needed Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song” fueling the furious, heroic confrontations and Cate Blanchett, who was absolutely marvelous in her evil role. (3.5 stars)
Every element that had potential (Hela, that giant black dog, Nordic mythology etc.) was underrepresented, used merely as a plot device and thrown over the window in favor of spoonfeeding Marvel fans with marvelous 9gag humor and topless Chris Hemsworth shots. Superhero movies made by big corporate studios are beginning to wear thin - lost is the passion.
This is one of the trippiest and funniest films to come out recently and is one of the biggest and most pleasant of surprises from Marvel. Taika Waititi took an essentially dry character and gave him one of the most fun and exciting vehicles to ever grace the big screen. It is a feast for the eyes and will keep you entertained the whole way through without any lulls. Marvel should keep up this trend because it works.
Every time this cuts back to Asgard, you can practically feel the pace grind to a halt as the film starts to resemble the "Dark World"-ish sequel you'd expect by now. But it's a credit to Taika Waititi's subversive sense of humor that, even with a vamping Jeff Goldblum, the best parts of "Ragnarok" feel more in line with his Kiwi comedies than the intergalactic Tim & Eric sketch such moments could have become.
I liked Hemsworth's comedic side here.This is the best case scenario of how you can invigorate a forgettable story with humor and style. The chemistry between the actors is so amazing that sometimes you would swear they forgot the story too!
It has the "cool" factor going for it and the '80s retro-craze certainly helps sell Waititi's extravagant style, but Ragnarok criminally wastes the best actress in Hollywood and runs into the same issues all MCU movies have. It's fun and forgettable.
Director Taika Waititi certainly brings levity and colour to the Marvel universe with this third Thor outing which much more resembles a comic book than its previous entries including the other Marvel franchise films. But with that levity any sense of real danger or consequence is also removed resulting in a surprisingly toothless villain regardless of her great charisma and costume. Tessa Thompson impresses here.