Thor: Raganrok Review
So Thor: Ragnarök is a film about a Norse god who finds out that the dreams he’s been having about the death of Asgard, his home world, were actually prophetic and he sets out in a journey to save it from destruction at the hands of Hela, the goddess of death, played by Cate Blanchett. The movie is written by Eric Pearson and Directed by Taika Waititi. The film was a refreshing take on a character I found pretty bland growing up and kinda okay in the movies. I think the Thor franchise really needed a boost and this film was that boost.
Let’s start with the direction of this movie. This will be a pretty short paragraph because I honestly have no problems with the directing except maybe the humour, which I suppose was more of a very slight writing flaw than anything else but the direction didn’t help. I’m not saying I didn’t absolutely adore the humour. I just wish the timing between the humourous and the serious was handled a bit differently. This was a surprisingly funny movie, but there was no lag time or moment to process the shift from funny to serious. The film could’ve afforded the odd beat to allow certain scenes, and the audience, a chance to breath and really sink into the various changes of temperature written into it key points of the movie.
The writing was just fabulous…I use the word fabulous because it came across a tiny bit soft in the wrist for my liking at times, but I in no way hated it. They took the mickey out of the normally super macho, black and white god. It was done really well and I enjoyed this different take on him. I just got flashbacks of the “demystifying” of the traditional cowboy and his world that preceded the fall of the western film that pretty much dominated and partially defined an era. Hulk was probably my biggest problem in this regard. He spoke a lot…a bit too much for my liking. I understood that they wanted to show us a different side of him, but I think I may have preferred it if they’d used his physicality to bring this side out rather than making him verbalise his thoughts so much. There were also moments when he seemed to be happy and I kept waiting for Banner to pop back out. I would’ve liked to see them show shades of his anger in the same way Jack Nicholson uses anger like a full spectrum of colours to give his usually angry characters a sense of roundedness. But hey, I’m just a critic ;b
There isn’t really much to say about the acting. I can’t think of one actor who stole the show. Cate Blanchett (Hela) masterfully straddled the line between feminine sensuality and code red level scariness. Chris Hemsworth (Thor) seemed to be a totally different guy while playing a role I’ve seen him in at least 3 times before then. If I’d have to pick a favourite though, it would have to be Jeff Goldblum. Despite riding the same set of skills that has made him a bit of a self parodying actor, he just did it for me. His performance in this film was one of those rare moments where the right actor comes across the right character in conjunction with the right director and absolute magic happens. But don’t sleep on anyone in this cast.
All-in-all this movie was just a ripping good time and I’d definitely suggest anyone who loves sci-fi/adventure/ comedy and fantastic action scenes to go and watch this move…while sober.
I give it a 8/10