Thor: Ragnarok

Thor: Ragnarok ★★★★★

It's weird to me that I always end up writing the most about the new wave of superhero films. I'm not a fanatic, I cannot even call myself a fan of Marvel and DC universes, in fact if anything I have ranted too many times about them bringing down cinema. That is except for Thor.

I've always had a soft spot for the Thor movies because they are so fantastical, so inhuman, literal gods having battles in other universes. Thor has always been glitzy and opulent compared to the grey or blue hues of the other Marvel movies. I'm usually always won over by an impressive colour pallet, it always feels as if Thor has had something different to offer to the table and I have always been a staunch defender of the franchise.

I'm glad the audience can now see what I have been saying all along, that a film has finally reached Thor's true fantastical potential. I cannot say my heart didn't sink a little when Taika Waititi was going to direct this, not because I don't like his style (quite the opposite), but his style is so distinct and with the Antman and Han Solo drama behind the scenes I didn't want his vision crushed. I shouldn't have worried because this is a masterpiece. It's not only the best modern superhero movie, it's a contender for one of the best movies of the year.

This is absolutely a Waititi joint. The comedy and the music are one thing, but his talent for getting the most out of his actors is on another level. Who knew Chris Hemsworth was so naturally charismatic? I've had a Channing Tatum revelation over here. I feel like I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel for him, that he's a leading man who will solidify his place on Hollywood after the superhero craze has died down.

I couldn't tell you what I loved the most about this film, it's so nice to see a superhero film take place away from Earth, in fully realised lands that are tangible and fleshed out. It's the same with something like Valerian, it's the extra effort that doesn't need to go in to a film set on Earth.

And how cool is it to see Thor in another universe? We've had the fish out of water situations on Earth (which I love) but now he finally seems like royalty. Like he can show off his powers and for once swathes of civilians don't have to be slaughtered.

This is a rainbow, gold gilded masterpiece of film making and if all CGI sets is the way we have to go then please let them take a leaf out of Thor's book.

I hope Disney and Marvel can see they can let directors have more creative freedom, because then I wouldn't have a problem with superhero universes, because they could all be different, like a horror anthology with an overarching plot.

Just to finish I just want to say like, when do I get my own Jeff Goldblum hologram in my house? I have a few uses for it.


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