In Marvel Studios' "Thor: Ragnarok", Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer 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- the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela. But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger- the Incredible Hulk!



Review

A wonderfully colourful and frequently hilarious action romp that manages to allow director Taika Waititi to maintain his particular deadpan style of humour while always existing very much within the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

There will probably be those that bemoan the sheer amount of humour and admittedly there are moments in the film where it does slightly undermine the emotional impact and the sense of danger that should be present. Having said that, when a film is this much fun it's hard to get too bothered.

Chris Hemsworth gives his most enjoyable turn as Thor yet, clearly thrilled with the chance to poke more fun at the pompous side of the God of Thunder. A running joke which somehow manages to get funnier as the film progresses. Tom Hiddlestone and Mark Ruffalo enter gamely into the spirit of things too giving Hemsworth two contrasting double acts to play with.

Cate Blanchett gives the franchise the most effective villain since..oh, Loki and Tessa Thompson and Karl Urban are welcome additions also (though Urban sports a cockney accent that is constantly threatening to go full Kiwi).

Jeff Goldblum is at his most Goldblum-ish which is of course a wonderful thing to behold, and the fact that his second in command is played by Rachel House (aka Hunt for the Wilderpeople's 'cop that never leaves anyone behind' Paula) is pretty awesome too.

Also keep an ear out for Waititi's now customary appearance in his own films.

There are several hilarious cameos I'm not going to spoil and not just the ones you're expecting.

At the end of the day however, Thor: Ragnarok is just a hell of a lot of fun. Visually striking and funnier than most comedies, it's a must see.


By Kevin Knapman


Thor: Ragnarok (12A)

130mins

Director: Taika Waititi
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Hopkins

UK Release: Tuesday 24th October 2017







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