Director: Taika Waititi
How long can Marvel/Disney keep their comic book train chugging along? I mean, it has got to be nearing the point of oversaturation, this year alone, we have seen Logan, Wonder Woman, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Spider-Man: Homecoming. There must be some end to this, the point where people have outgrown the genre and are ready to move on. Perhaps this was meant to happen with Thor: Ragnarok, the third Marvel movie we have seen this year. Perhaps it is with the God of Thunder that we as an audience say, “We’ve had enough!” Well, for those of you hoping that the genre goes away, I’m sorry to report, that Thor: Ragnarok has hit a new level of awesomeness for Marvel.
We last saw Thor (aside from end-credit scenes) in Age of Ultron, where he and the Avengers successfully vanquished the titular bad guy. Having returned home to Asgard after many years away, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) discovers a new threat, Hela (Cate Blanchett), who is more powerful than any enemy he has faced in the past. Can the mighty Thor defeat his new foe and save Asgard?
I apologize for the briefness of the synopsis, I really feel this movie is way more fun if you go into it with minimal knowledge. You see, I am not like the A-holes on Twitter or the internet in general, that for reasons unknown, seem to enjoy not only writing spoiler filled articles weeks before the film opened in major markets, but to put said spoilers in the very titles of their articles. No friends, this is a spoiler free zone, Mind of Nerd doesn’t play such shenanigans, this site and its accompanying podcast understand that the surprise of a film like this is half the fun.
And oh, what fun it is! This… movie… rocks. It is unbelievably visual, with all the colors of the spectrum and the soundtrack seems to just enhance everything that is being presented to you on screen. Director Taika Waititi has turned Thor into an experience, a reason to put your cold hard cash, or more likely bendy plastic card, down on the table and demand that your money be taken. It is that much fun, seriously, I knew going into the movie was this action comedy, but I didn’t think it would work this well, my hat is off to him…. I don’t really wear hats, but i’m going to buy one and take it off for him. So, is there like a hat store or something? Where does one purchase hats these days? Seems like everything is purchased online, but it’s kind of like buying shoes, you should try them on, you know, see how it feels and if the look is right, know what I mean? Enough about hats, geez, you guys took me on a tangent there.
In Thor, Chris Hemsworth shows off his comedic timing, something we caught a glimpse of in Ghostbusters, the rest of the cast is stellar including the scene stealing Cate Blanchett. My one and only gripe? Not enough Hulk. Hulk has a fair amount of screen time, but it really is getting to the point where I just hope that he can someday get his own movie, it is long, long overdue, but apparently the folks at Universal aren’t playing ball. Aside from that, really, no complaints from me.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want all the Marvel films to be super funny and colorful with Led Zeppelin rocking out in the background. However, this approach is needed from time to time to keep things fresh for the audience, just totally break the mold and blow the collective minds of the viewers. This film should appease fans of the franchise, fans of marvel and fans of film in general, there is something in it for everyone including a heaping dose of Idris Elba. So stop what you’re doing, click on the Fandango link on this site and get your tickets, this one is 100% worth the money to see it on the big screen.