Movie Review – Thor Ragnarok (2017)
|Whilst I am not a hater of the DC movies, the latest Thor movie is the perfect antidote to them. Bright, fun, and in places just plain silly, Thor Ragnarok brings the humour the DCU is lacking.
Set two years after the Age of Ultron, Thor is on a quest to learn more about the infinity stones, and along the way bring Loki to judgement for Odin’s disappearance, seek redemption for Hulk, and witness Hela lay waste to Asgard.
What flaws there might be are few and far between. With an ultra-critical eye, there is a degree of vapidity. I genuinely enjoyed this movie, but I don’t feel it is going to stay with me in the way that equally gloriously-camp Flash Gordon has – and there are many parallels between the two films.
This is a good popcorn movie, but with Avengers: Infinity War due in May 2018, I never really felt that any of our heroes were in real danger, and thus it can be argued that Thor Ragnarok suffers from a lack of dramatic tension at the moments of peak peril.
Those minor quibbles aside, this a visually glorious film. Marvel Studios have mastered the CGI of graphic novels, and DC would do well to take note given the green screen hiccups that somehow managed to make it through to the theatrical release of Wonder Woman.
The plot, whilst often predictable (and certain sequences felt very by-the-numbers) still drags the audience in and keeps us engaged for the full 130 minutes. The humour is well judged with numerous smiles, and even a few belly laughs.
The acting is where you would expect it to be. This isn’t Shakespeare, nor are we expecting the depth of Schindler’s List. It’s silly, it’s over the top, and it is wonderfully camp. It can be argued that Anthony Hopkins (Odin) and Jeff Goldblum (The Grandmaster) phone it in, but this is more than compensated by the likes of Idris Elba (Heimdall) and the deliciously wicked Cate Blanchett (Hela) who is rocking a neo-dominatrix outfit that would make Fifty Shades of Grey blush.
In conclusion, this is the blockbusting entertainment of DC’s fevered dreams. Somewhat predictable and thin on substance, it more than makes up for it overwhelming visuals and a terrifically paced plot that keeps you in your seat for the duration.