FILM REVIEW | Thor: Ragnarok

Thor: Ragnarok is easily the funniest Marvel movie yet.

The third entry in the Thor franchise – and Chris Hemsworth’s sixth appearance as the God of Thunder – is a winner right from the get-go and it is brimming with little Easter eggs for Aussie fans to enjoy.

The story takes place primarily off Earth and follows Thor’s attempt to protect his home planet of Asgard from Ragnarok – its prophesied destruction at the hands of a giant fire beast.

Talented New Zealand director Taika Waititi has brought his trademark Kiwi wit to the big budget film, giving Ragnarok perhaps the best dialogue exchanges of any Marvel film to date.

Fans of Waititi’s other offerings (Eagle vs SharkBoy, What We Do in the Shadows and Hunt for the Wilderpeople) – if you haven’t seen them yet, get on that train now – will be thrilled to find actors from those hilarious movies popping up in small roles in this film.

The usual suspects: Mark Ruffalo as Hulk, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie and Tom Hiddleston as Loki in Thor: Ragnarok, rated M, in cinemas now.

The usual suspects: Mark Ruffalo as Hulk, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie and Tom Hiddleston as Loki in Thor: Ragnarok, rated M, in cinemas now.

Ragnarok reunites Thor, Loki (Tom Hiddleston, Crimson Peak), Heimdall (Idris Elba, The Mountain Between Us) and the Hulk/Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight) and introduces new characters Hela (Cate Blanchett, Carol), Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson, Creed), Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum, Independence Day) and Skurge (Karl Urban, Star Trek).

Everyone is on top form, relishing in their opportunity to play comedy.

Perhaps the break-out star of the film is Waititi himself, who voices a Kronan – creature made of ‘perishable’ rocks – named Korg.

Korg provides some of the movie’s best and most quotable one-liners. It would be a good move for the bigwigs at Marvel headquarters to put Korg in as many of their future films as possible.

Another huge positive for Ragnarok is the soundtrack.

Led Zeppelin’s The Immigrant Song – featured prominently in one of the film’s trailers – plays twice in different action sequences to amazing effect.

The song is actually about Norse mythology, where the legend of Thor comes from, so its place in the film is extremely fitting.

Thor: Ragnarok is a true triumph. It delivers in every way, with cameos galore, awesome special effects and more laughs than your average comedy film.

Stick around for the post-credit sequence.

This story Thor a thundering success first appeared on Campbelltown-Macarthur Advertiser.

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