It’s been 5 years since the first team-up “Avengers” movie hit theatres and yet, Marvel still manages to make smaller team-ups lively. Banner, Strange have small parts. So how do they manage to astound us so much? It’s probably some formula…
Thor: Ragnarok presents the third outing of our beloved norse-god going toe-to-toe with Hela (Cate Blanchett) in this apocalyptic adventure. The war for Asgard’s survival is at hand. Sounds pretty dark and bleak. Isn’t.
When you groom indie directors to handle big-budget productions, you get the best of both worlds. Waititi’s comedic sensibilities help driving the much-needed levity this franchise needed since The Dark World crashed and burned. Its been every Marvel movie’s signature since the missteps in Phase 2. You do not think these are some of the all-time greatest flicks. But do you have fun? Yes.
Action and CGI are top-notch as usual. Character performances are on all time high here. Hemsworth has finally perfected the character dynamics which have developed a lot since the first Thor. Hiddleston’s Loki is a joy to watch every time he’s on-screen. Cate’s Hela seems threatening. Great performance but ultimately, comes off as a better-acted Enchantress from Suicide Squad. Hopkins, Elba and Thompson all play their parts well. Goldblum is the one to look forward to, he plays an amusing version himself. Basically, himself. Mark Ruffalo has a short role as Banner but the Hulk is raging fire as always. Waititi’s Korg is an excellent instance of fine comic display. Karl Urban’s Skurge is well intended but handled a bit poorly, to my disappointment. The entire thing is gut-busting. However, shrewd humour works in small dozes, not the entire time.
Ragnarok is a reminder why it is all worthwhile, shelling out your coin for a couple of hours worth of fun. Blockbusters which don’t take itself too seriously but are not downright mediocre – now that’s a sweet spot. Go, expect a smashing time.