The latest Thor film is simply the best Marvel film I have seen in a long time, perhaps since Guardians of the Galaxy (2014). The last two Thor films, Thor (2011) and Thor: The Dark World (2013), were less than brilliant. The first film directed by Kenneth Branagh did a great job in introducing the character and led to a surprisingly good movie. Thor: The Dark World was just a huge disappointment, and led a lot of people to be simply confused. Recently with Marvel films, it seems to be full of strategically placed movies that have a formula that makes them work. Thor: Ragnarok subverts all these formulas, and just makes for a fun movie that doesn’t try to take itself too seriously but can be emotional when needed.
Taika Waititi takes over the directing rather Alan Taylor, and adds humour back into the Thor films. The second film was heartless and just didn’t make anyone want to see it again. I already want to see Thor: Ragnarok again, and I have only just seen it. It has an incredibly nostalgic soundtrack, with an 80s vibe, that blends well with the wacky mise-en scene of the neon colours and crazy world of Sakaar. The colours are fantastic, and the cinematography is insanely gorgeous. I’m not going to spoil the story, but the plot is a lot easier to follow than the previous film, and just makes for a fun movie.
Chris Hemsworth is incredible. His humour as Thor had developed, and he is more than just eye-candy for women. Tom Hiddleston, Mark Ruffalo, Jeff Goldblum, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Tessa Thompson, the list could go on but the talent in this movie is superb. Everyone plays both to comedic and serious, and all look stunning doing it. Even the short cameos are brilliant, watch out for all the surprises. In a nutshell, Thor: Ragnarok stimulates the senses, and gives you what you want. It’s a film that you’d regret missing. If you were a little disappointed with Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (2017), no fear Thor: Ragnarok fills that void.