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Review: Thor Ragnarok

Roslyn Hull

Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok, the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization, at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela. IMDb

(Clears throat awkwardly) let me be perfectly clear that these are my opinions and not the opinions of the film reviewers on several national newspapers, they just happen to be exactly the same!

Ragnarok is, without doubt, the funniest Marvel movie yet – and yes, is funnier than Guardians of the Galaxy. Although Guardians may have more heart.

It is sassy, a little bit sweary, a little sexy (I do not think I will ever get tired of the Hemsworth bod) and incredibly entertaining. Interestingly, 80% of the dialogue was adlibbed, which accounts for a lot of the humour but there is comedy gold at every turn. Right from the opening scenes with Thor taking the p*** out of a fire creature, the audience was aware we were there for a party.

When Thor returns to Asgard to discover:

  1. Heimdall is missing and the portal is guarded by a character who collects stuff (including two BIG guns he calls Des and Troy – get it?)
  2. Loki is not dead
  3. Odin is not Odin, he is Loki
  4. Everyone is enjoying a play with the world’s best cameos – then we knew the party was going to be a wild one.

Those cameos are Sam Neill as Odin, Matt Damon as a strangely heroic Loki and the oldest Hemsworth (Luke) as a whiney Thor. Gold.

The key to all this fun, with a side order of racial tolerance and national pride, is the director. My favourite dysfunctional vampire/awesome storyteller Taika Waititi has gone from Boy and What We Do in the Shadows to helming an enormous production with the ease of slipping off his beach jandals and putting on his dress thongs.

He also voices the rock creature Korg, creating a friendly, interstellar Kiwi that everyone loves. The national pride I mentioned doesn’t just come from that, but also because Chris Hemsworth and Cate Blanchett’s accents are wonderfully non-specific. Not American, not English but sometimes a little bit Australian (to the knowledgeable ear). Waititi also had the spaceship Thor and Bruce Banner steal painted in the colours of the Aboriginal Flag. Nice one bro.

He gives another of my favourite Kiwis – Karl Urban – a chance to shine as the aforementioned gatekeeper and Ragnarok definitely has the funniest Stan Lee cameo ever. Cate makes a delicious villain (but we knew that) and her initial appearance suggests strongly that she and Loki were raised by the same father.

There are so many standout moments I cannot mention all of them but I have to say Jeff Goldblum must have enjoyed his workdays – his costume is basically satin PJs and thongs with a blue manicure!

Loved it!

Images: facebook.com/pg/ThorRagnarokmovie 

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Ros Hull

Roslyn is a writer and storyteller who loves all things Canberra, her family, sci fi and movies – but not in that order. She has worked in museum education since 2001 and has a passion for imparting knowledge to others. Writing is her happy place, particularly if there is a dog at her feet and a coffee in her hand. More about the Author

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