I already decided a long time ago that I am not going to write reviews of movies I know in advance I’m going to love. What’s the point? I can’t write an objective review if I spend a thousand words praising it like it’s the end of the world.
That’s why, with Thor: Ragnarok, the God of Thunder’s newest and cheekiest instalment, I’m just going to tell you what things/moments caught my eye. Here we go…
Taika Waititi behind the camera
I’ve always considered myself a Waititi fan (Waitifan? Waititera?), so it comes as no surprise that one of my favourite things from Thor: Ragnarok is the way the kiwi director has left his mark. Now, if they’d made this film as a mockumentary, that would have been interesting…
The new humour
This is sort of the same as the previous point. Because of Taika’s directions, this Thor is funnier, but not in a simple way. No, here the jokes are clever, they refer to previous Marvel films, and the whole thing feels very meta. Besides, about 80% of the dialogue was improvised. That leaves room for the scenes to grow as they go. And after Ghostbusters, we needed Chris Hemsworth to show off his comedy chops again.
This was non-stop. First, you have Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange in a fast-paced scene that served to set up the film, and it also helped showcase Cumberbatch’s deadpan humour. But that’s not all. You’ve got (SPOILERS) Matt Damon, Luke Hemsworth and Sam Neill reenacting Thor: The Dark World (END OF SPOILERS) and even Taika himself -I’m putting him here among the cameos, though the truth is he lends his voice to a supporting character.
The Thor/Hulk bromance
So far, the crowning moment of these two had been when, in the first Avengers, Hulk smashes Thor and says “puny gods.” Now it’s all bigger and better, and the dynamics of the relationship between these two is explored throughout Ragnarok, resulting in a deeper bond. Though you can’t be sure if the bond is stronger with Hulk or with Banner (shout-out to the moment when Banner jumps from a spaceship expecting to turn into Hulk but ends up hitting the floor untransformed)
Loki’s sort of redemption
In the past, Loki has always been the main villain. Here, he still tries to, but his relationship with his big brother has evolved so much that he merely tries to annoy him. There is a moment when you do think he is going to betray Thor, only to return just in time to redeem himself as what he sees as a savior moment (his literal words). Poor Loki only wants to be loved by his people.
Funny female lead
If Cate Blanchett gives an excellent performance as the villain Hela (albeit a short one), the MVP would also have to be Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie. Anyone who enters the scene falling from a spaceship drunk is my hero.
I don’t know if it is because I had seen the first episode of Stranger Things 2 right before seeing this movie, but wasn’t the music from the film very similar to the Netflix intro theme? The whole soundtrack here rocked some eighties vibe, in line with the film’s visuals. Also, Led Zeppelin. Please.
Jeff Goldblum. That’s it, that’s all I need to say.