Marvel movies can be hit or miss. Sometimes they blow you out of the water and sometimes they’re entertaining but relatively forgettable. When “Guardians of the Galaxy” came out, I was reminded as to what I liked so much about many Marvel movies–they’re fun, have their compelling moments and are a great ride from start to finish. “Thor: Ragnarok” was yet another pleasant surprise that had me on the edge of my seat from both laughter and the film’s intensity.
“Thor: Ragnarok” follows the same God of Thunder, Thor (Chris Hemsworth), as he is captured and thrown into a gladiatorial ring on a foreign planet. His opponent? Thor’s old companion, the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo). The “Grandmaster,” played by Jeff Goldblum, hilariously oversees the battles and contestants. Back in Asgard, the goddess of death, Hela (Cate Blanchett), threatens all life as they know it, and Thor must fight for his freedom in order to return to his home and save it.
You might recognize the director’s name: Taika Waititi, and I would be willing to bet that his driving vision and fantastic sense of humor was largely what made this film a raging success. If you liked this off-brand type of humor, I would recommend hopping on Amazon Prime Now and watching his mockumentary, “What We Do in the Shadows” about vampires living in a bachelor pad in Wellington, New Zealand. He is also the lead actor in the mockumentary, and in the latest installment of Thor he voices Korg.
In this sense, the comedy really hit a home run. There are moments that must have been scripted as they coincide with complex CGI, but under Taika Waititi’s direction (and the talented actors) the responses seem genuinely comedic and off the cuff. Jeff Goldblum, Taika Waititi’s Korg, Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Tompson and Karl Urban all made me laugh out loud multiple times each.