Thor: Ragnarok (2017), Dir. Taika Waititi

Thor: Ragnarok (2017), Dir. Taika Waititi
What are you, the god of hammers?
— Odin, Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Mark Ruffalo, Tessa Thompson, Anthony Hopkins, Jeff Goldblum, Idris Elba, Karl Urban, Benedict Cumberbatch, Taika Waititi, Rachel House.
Director: Taika Waititi
Screenplay: Eric Pearson, Christopher Yost, & Craig Kyle.

Yes, a million times yes, and then add infinity. This is the Marvel movie that I have been waiting for and what others received when they fell in love with Guardians of the Galaxy... the complete package of fun, colour, comic nonsense, humour, music, and action. With Waititi in the directors chair and Hemsworth in his element we are invited on a ride of pure entertainment. 

The beginning is a little shaky, with a fantastic opening to a confusing Dr. Strange interlude that throws us into the worst blue screen scenes that I have seen in a while as we say goodbye to Odin (Anthony Hopkins). But after the awkwardness the film picks up and you can almost forgive its original slop. Once Thor (Chris Hemsworth) lands in a pile of multicoloured garbage the film is an automatic delight. The banter, ad-libs, pacing, and story is a thing of beauty. I cannot express just how rewarding this viewing is. The saturation of colour mixed with flare and at some points intense emotions (here's looking at you, you beautiful Idris Elba) your brain is on a high of intoxication that I have not felt from this franchise yet.

Usually the villain of the piece are bland and are only their for necessity, and while Blanchett's is no exception here Hela is one of the better villains that Marvel has seen—and proves that if you need a villain, just choose Thor's other black sheep sibling. The Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum), the other minor villain of the piece is even more spectacular that Hela. He is gorgeous in every sense of the word. And of course we could not forget Loki (Tom Hiddleston), the god of mischief is back at it again with only a very thin reason for him to once again tag along, but who cares, certainly not me.

Taika Waititi has once and for all proved himself to be one of the better directors at the moment. With his first non Kiwi film he knocks it out of the park and shows what can be done within these worlds of superheroes and science fiction; and it all comes down to not taking yourself all that seriously while having faith in your team around you.

Thor: Ragnarok is a dream, and I love, love, love it!

★ ★ ★ ★ 1/2