'Thor: Ragnarok' Movie Review

Oct 30, 2017, 13:05 IST | Johnson Thomas

'Thor: Ragnarok'
Director: Taika Waititi
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Mark Ruffalo, Tessa Thompson, Tom Hiddleston, Jaimie Alexander, Anthony Hopkins, Karl Urban
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This third edition in Marvel's 'Thor' franchise is the breeziest and most entertaining so far - mainly because of its tongue-in-cheek expressiveness and over-stepping irreverence towards mythology.

The mighty Thor (Chris Hemsworth) begins this enterprise by being imprisoned on the other side of the universe, finds himself in a deadly gladiatorial contest against the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and eventually has to subdue his all-powerful, dark and dangerous sister Hela (Cate Blanchett) who aims to destroy the Asgardian civilization in revenge for her banishment by their father Odin(Anthony Hopkins).

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Helmed by Taika Waititi, with powerful visuals emanating from cinematographer Javier Aguirresarobe's masterful camerawork, this clash-of-worlds CGI extravaganza about the Norse Legend is far more free-wheeling than the earlier cinematic editions and silly enough to get you smiling with pricey Academy standard entrants like Cate Blanchett, Jeff Goldblum as a campy Dictator and Mark Ruffalo hamming it to the hilt within its vibrantly graphic realm. There's nothing fast and furious here - the unhurried pace allows for Thor to be far more comical, Odin to be less Godlike and all the other characters more loosely defined and therefore makes this almost a kind of spoofy take that amalgamates an Avengers sort-of rapprochement to fire its final salvo. Tom Hiddleston's Loki gets on board with some simmering acerbity on show.

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The screenplay by Eric Pearson, Craig Kyle and Christopher L. Yost has little to say and more on display - with Doctor Strange, a fellow Avenger, Thor's fellow prisoner Korg-the stoneman (Waititi himself in motion-capture), Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) and many more, becoming mini-pivots in its attempt to broad-base this franchise's immediate future. Even Tony Stark gets a shout-out here. This is a well-designed Marvel Universe, crossover franchise, spectacle party, riding high on Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song," that's bound to get everyone who watches it, into a tizzy!

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