Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Mark Ruffalo, Karl Urban, Anthony Hopkins
Director: Taika Waititi
When Loki (Hiddleston) unwittingly initiates the Ragnarok prophecy, Thor (Hemsworth) and Loki find themselves on a strange garbage planet while their sister Hela (Blanchett), Goddess of Death, unleashes destruction on Asgard. But before they can return home to stop her, Thor is captured and forced to fight in cage matches against the planet’s champion, The Hulk (Ruffalo), who has lost all memory of himself. Can Thor fight his way to freedom and remind the Hulk of who he really is in time to save Asgard and stop his evil sister?
Directed by Taika Waititi, a New Zealand director known for What We Do In The Shadows and Hunt For The Wilderpeople, this film is full of the gentle humour that the film maker is known for, and is quite sweet and enjoyable for that reason. And yet, that’s perhaps also this films downfall. There are emotional moments that are undercut by comedy in a way that stops your investment in them. And the action sequences almost seem like a distraction from the comic moments. Added into this mix is the 80’s vibes, and you have a film that strikes a very odd tone.
I also found that some of the effects sequences looked really bad, and I wondered if this film is one that really needs to be seen in 3D.
The big bad in this film is Hela, played by Cate Blanchett, who looks fairly impressive but isn’t given enough time to really develop somehow. I quite liked her, and yet I felt like she came across as kind of cheesey, since she’s partly quite intimidating and yet has lines that are clearly comedic. It sorts of cuts through her persona and makes her less impressive.
Anthony Hopkins as Odin seems like he really doesn’t want to be there.
I really like the humour in Waititi’s films, and there was a lot here that I liked and that I feel really worked. The side characters have a lot of great little moments, there was some great costume design. And the choice to use humour is better than having overly heavy dramatic moments or cheesey emotional scenes, but some emotion is a good thing, and this film doesn’t let those moments shine.
See It If: it’s a good laugh, but won’t stir your feels or perhaps stick in your memory that long. But the big scenes and the humour are good fun. Will please action and comic book fans.