Thor: Ragnarok

Thor: Ragnarok

Director: Taika Waititi
Writers: Eric Pearson, Craig Kyle
Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett

Imprisoned, the mighty Thor finds himself in a lethal gladiatorial contest against the Hulk, his former ally. Thor must fight for survival and race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela from destroying his home and the Asgardian civilization.

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I laughed until I cried at this movie. The best comedy I’ve watched this year. By far. The ending it’s just… I kept laughing for quite some time when thinking about it. And, you see, this is the truly remarkable bit of what Marvel have achieved with their cinematic universe. They get it. They’ve figured out their target audience, they’ve figured out what people expect from a comic book adaptation, they’ve selected a cast of actors that have great chemistry with one another.

The truth of the matter is that there won’t be another Dark Knight for quite some time now. That was a one time thing, mostly because of Heath Ledger’s genius performance, so it makes no sense what DC are doing right now. Marvel are just miles ahead in this game.

At this point, the dynamic between the characters matters more than the plot itself. I know it sounds strange, but it’s just a delight to see these great actors play. It’s like watching old friends make fun of each other and pull all sorts of pranks. That’s the chemistry I was telling you about earlier. And the wonderful part about all this is that all these different personalities work great together. They just do. They’ve been at it for quite some time, indeed, but I think that the casting was just spot on.

A movie worth watching, if only for the laughs. It’s been some time since I’ve seen an entire movie audience laughing their hearts out. Probably the last time I saw this was with The Wolf of Wall Street, when also it was the first time when I saw a movie audience start clapping at the end of a movie. Kind of like when a plane lands, but not so frowned upon.

Radu’s review:

I just got back from the cinema. Not sure if a superhero action movie or the best comedy of the year. I’m still laughing my guts out. Marvel always made sure that they produce good, funny movies. But they took it to the next level with this one. And the best thing about it was how naturally it felt.

I think this is one of the best things about Marvel and their cinematic universe. They took their time. They picked great actors that do a great job in their roles. They took it one step at a time. And these actors have been around each other for so long that you get the impression that they’re best friends. Watching them on screen isn’t like looking at total strangers trying to be funny. It’s watching best friends hanging out and making fun of each other. Inside jokes and chemistry. The secret of a proper laugh.

Returning to the movie at hand, I guess it’s one of the best that came out of the MCU. Although the plot has a pretty apocalyptic tone, the humor and the chemistry these actors have gotten over the years makes this movie a very relaxing and enjoyable experience. What I found strange is that at one point the movie turns serious very fast and after about 10 minutes, it returns to jokes one again. Pretty strange to have the such a light tone, considering that this should be about the end of time, according to Norse mythology.

From a technical point of view, the movie is flawless. The acting, script, special effects and directing are all amazing. The only thing that I didn’t quite enjoy is that it has a pretty strange ending. It’s not what someone would have expected from a superhero movie. Or maybe I was just hoping for the classic happy ending.

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