Thor: Ragnarok is a change of pace for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Director Taika Waititi went in much different direction than the previous Thor films, opting to make a film that is a comedic buddy romp, rather than a mythological clash of gods and monsters. Waititi’s choices serve the film well as Ragnarok is fresh, funny and a lighthearted spectacle that will much needed as we head toward a darker time with the Marvel films to come.
The strength of the film lies in the chemistry of it’s cast members. Everyone is having fun on the set and it is evident in the finished film. Chris Hemsworth shows off his underused comedic timing and the script allows for a lot of improvisation that really helps the film maintain it’s energy. Cate Blanchett chews up the scenery as the sadistic and sexy Goddess of Death, Hela.
Thor: Ragnarok is not a film that delves deep into story…it’s more spectacle than substance but there is enough of a heart to the movie that it doesn’t feel cheap or forgettable. This is a film that relies on humor and spectacle and succeeds in being exactly what it set out to be. In this podcast we give our full review of the highly enjoyable, Thor: Ragnarok.