Thor: Ragnarok

Why Thor: Ragnarok rocks!

Why Thor: Ragnarok rocks!

You’ll be thunderstruck by this Marvel epic on Sky Cinema

Hilarious. Bombastic. Utterly out there. This is why you need to have the latest Thor movie in your life

Thor: Ragnarok, available from Friday 20 July in Sky Cinema on demand. Cert 12. Also available in HD

When Marvel Studios announced that New Zealand-based indie director Taika Waititi was going to direct the new Thor movie, eyebrows weren’t so much raised as put through space camp and sent into orbit. Prior to this, his best-known film was The Hunt For The Wilderpeople, which, like his other movies, was low budget, driven by improvisation, heartfelt, personal and very, very funny.

 

Also, to be blunt, the solo outings of Marvel’s impetuous Norse god weren’t nearly as successful as Iron Man’s or Captain America’s, having not quite found their tone. Waititi’s fans could justifiably have asked: what is he thinking? It was as much of a case of “is Thor right for Taika?” as “is Taika right for Thor?”.

 

But it turned out to be a match made in heaven. Or rather, Asgard. Not only is Thor: Ragnarok far and away the best Thor movie, it’s also one of the most entertaining movies to grace the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) yet, set apart from the rest of the sprawling series with a cheeky swagger all of its own.

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Played primarily for laughs, Thor: Ragnarok feels close to a parody of sci-fi and fantasy epics, mixing up undead warriors, a fire demon, a retro, 1960s-style space city, a giant wolf, Cate “Galadriel” Blanchett (Ocean’s 8) as the Goddess of Death, and (of course) a big, green Hulk. Barely a scene goes by without a laugh-out-loud moment.

 

And yet, despite being bright and breezy, and offering the surest proof yet that Chris Hemsworth (aka the God of Thunder) has a comedic golden touch, it also delivers some heavy emotional punches, presenting devastating events that shook the MCU to its cosmic core, and suitably prepped audiences for the game-changer that was Avengers: Infinity War (which, tellingly, gives Thor more screen time than any of the previous Marvel supergroup movies).

 

The word “Ragnarok” is Old Norse for “The Fate of the Gods”. And for all its day-glo, 80s synth-soundtracked silliness, the film certainly lives up to its title. That’s all due to Waititi’s sure hand and unique film-making flair. Thanks to him, Thor: Ragnarok goes down a storm. Read our profile of Taika Waititi here.

 

Thor: Ragnarok, available from Friday 20 July in Sky Cinema on demand. Cert 12. Also available in HD

 

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Image credit: Thor: Ragnorok © Marvel Studios 2017