It seems as though the Marvel Cinematic Universe and director Taika Waititi are a match made in Valhalla, with Thor: Ragnarok instantly cementing itself as one of Marvel’s must-see films.
Thor (Chris Hemsworth) returns to Asgard only to find it under the control of his adopted brother, Loki (Tom Hiddleston), with his father Odin (Anthony Hopkins) nowhere to be found. However, that’s the least of their problems. A prophecy predicts that Ragnarok – the end of Asgard – is nigh, as heralded by the arrival of the Goddess of Death, Hela (Cate Blanchett).
The God of Thunder finds himself hurled onto a battle planet ruled by the Grandmaster (a fantastic Jeff Goldblum), where he runs into a friend from work, and must rally to fight against the impending doomsday threat, lest all be lost forever.
Ragnarok is the best, and most colourful, of the Thor films to date. It’s also got something up its robes that you might not expect from an MCU film – it’s a comedy. To some it may appear as though Waititi had no script, and instead opted to let Hemsworth and co. improvise their own interpretation of a Thor film. Consequently, it’s one of the wildest and most entertaining films of the year.
Of course, being a Marvel film, expect cameos galore (of more than one kind) and keep an eye out, too, for a bunch of Australian and New Zealand references thrown in by the director. Pay close attention to the Kiwi actors in particular, that only help to enhance Ragnarok‘s brand of comedy.
The soundtrack, too, is killer, though for a movie about the God of Thunder that was filmed Down Under, there’s a conspicuous lack of AC/DC.
Thor: Ragnarok‘s plot harbours repercussions that will undoubtedly resonate throughout the rest of the MCU, and will leave a lump in your throat for more reasons than one. It’s the Thor movie we puny humans have been waiting for.
In cinemas: October 26, 2017
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett
Directed by: Taika Waititi