It’s that time of year, my friends! That’s right, it’s time for another entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe! As with any Geek with a blog, I’m here to talk about this film, giving Grant a break from the Media Monday writings. Now, I have been looking forward to this newest film, Thor Ragnarok, despite not being a huge fan of either of the other Thor films. I was recently introduced to the director, Taika Waititi, through his films Hunt for the Wilderpeople, What We Do in the Shadows, and Boy. I’m not sure what it is, but I really like his style. The initial trailers really helped feed into this excitement, along with the “Team Thor” shorts leading up to the film.
I think we have all figured out by now that I’m just lousy with writing up a synopsis without giving anything away. So, here’s a trailer that still gives some things away, but at least my hands are clean:
This is a lot to take in, right? Thor, Loki, the Hulk/Bruce Banner, Jeff Goldblum, the Goddess of Death, and the appearance of Asgard’s destruction, all rolled into a bright and colorful trailer with a definite 80’s vibe to it. Well, it doesn’t stop with the trailer, my friends, and that is what helps push a Thor film to the top tier of the MCU rankings, finally.
This film, while telling a dark story and having a pretty high body count (RIP Doug), is well balanced with comedic beats. It was great seeing Chris Hemsworth being a bit less, I don’t know, uptight perhaps, in his portrayal of Thor. Mark Ruffalo did double duty as both Bruce Banner and actually voicing the Hulk (the first time in the MCU where he has not been portrayed by Lou Ferrigno), and he was great in the role of a man freaking out, and afraid of losing himself into the Hulk. Jeff Goldblum was, well, Jeff Goldblum, which was in no way a bad thing. Oh my, and the introduction of Tessa Thompson’s scrapper character is just, hands down, fantastic. On more serious tones, Cate Blanchett as Hela was really dark fun, and you could tell she was having a good time. In fact, that’s what really helped make this film.
It looked like it was fun to make, which carries over into the viewing of it.
The cast hits the nail on the head, and they are a joy to watch. The visuals are beautiful, even on a planet full of refuse. The music, either the licensed pieces or the score by Mark Mothersbaugh, just fits everything so very, very well. In fact, I’m streaming the score by Mothersbaugh right now, and I definitely need it in my CD collection.
All in all, I really recommend Thor Ragnarok, especially in the theater. It is a really fun film, but I do want to give a bit of warning to parents: there is more than a fair share of innuendo in this film, so keep this in mind if your kids don’t know what an “orgy” is.
Thor Ragnarok has a run time of 130 minutes, and is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence, and brief suggestive material. Definitely, treat yourself to this in the theater, and keep in mind there are the standard mid-credits and post-credits scenes at the end!
See you tomorrow, for Tuesday Tidbits!