Title: Thor: Ragnarok
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Director: Taika Waititi
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Cate Blanchett, Tessa Thompson
Runtime: 2 hrs 10 mins
What It Is: The third film in the adventure of the God of Thunder and crown prince of Asgard Thor (Hemsworth). What has he been up to since we last saw him in Avengers: Age of Ultron? We get to find out all about that here. Apparently, he’s been in some precarious situations. As the Goddess of Death approached Asgard to begin Ragnarok or the end of time as it is known Thor may have to confide in new friends and familiar enemies in order to stop the elimination of his people.
What We Think: This movie is really really ridiculously funny. Marvel is often criticized and in my opinion rightfully so for often going too funny sometimes. But here I think they knew what they had and just said “screw it” and made it as funny as Taika Waititi could cram in. Anyone who’s seen either What We Do In The Shadows or Hunt For the Wilderpeople then you know kinda what you’re getting into. Just add a bit of that Marvel flare. They seem to have given Waititi the keys to the car here. The result is a well-directed comedy with enough action and CGI to keep the common folks coming. Hemsworth places his tongue firmly on his cheek throughout and everyone seems to understand the film they’re making. It’s all the better for it.
Our Grade: A-, I have to give this a good grade. I didn’t enjoy Doctor Strange and I personally found Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 a step down. To see this here do something rather unexpected proves that maybe Marvel is a bit more than the one trick pony you could arguably accuse them of being. I recommend this far above and beyond the second adventure of the Guardians. Check it out if you get the chance even if you aren’t a fan of superhero or comic book movies.