As the parent of a small child, I don’t get to go to the cinema very often. In fact I have been twice in the 16.5 months since Little O was born. When Mr O suggested that we go for my birthday (which was on Monday) I jumped at the chance. As it was my birthday treat it was my choice and I really wanted to see something fun and not too taxing. Picking Ragnarok seemed like a bit of a no-brainer.
When it comes to superhero movies, I have always preferred them more on the comedy camp side so Taika Waititi’s take on Thor was right up my alley. From the word go it’s all about the jokes, which really works for Thor (Chris Hemsworth) as a character since he’s optimistic and naive to the point of it being difficult not to have a laugh at his expense. It’s also great for his dynamic with Loki (Tom Hiddleston), whose character is the god of mischief after all.
As for story line… Odin (Anthony Hopkins) is dying, which will open the door for his secret first born daughter, Hela (Cate Blanchett) to return to Asgaard, take over and basically kill everyone. Obviously Thor is not down but Hela is hella powerful (see what I did there/) and manages to boot him to a planet called Sakaar. Sakaar is run by The Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum), who stages fights between his giant green champion and various gladiators. Thor is captured for the ring by the amusingly pissed and angry Val (Tessa Thompson) and will have to fight his way out if he’s going to get back in time to stop Hela.
To be honest, I am not sure the story line is really that important since Ragnarok is all about watching the characters play off each other, big fights, crazy neon lighting and lots of 80’s inspired music. I don’t have a good enough handle on the Marvel universe to know or give a toss about whether any of it made sense from a continuity perspective or where it all fits in. I just know I had fun.
I particularly loved Jeff Goldblum as The Grandmaster and you could tell he was having the time of his life playing him completely over the top. The secondary characters, especially Korg (who is voiced by Waititi) and Topaz (Rachel House) were hilarious and in some ways made the film for me. That said, Hemsworth has really grown into his role as Thor, Hiddleston has always been excellent as Loki and Ruffalo brings so much emotion to both Hulk and Banner. Cate Blanchett did a perfectly serviceable job as Hela but I think my favourite character was probably Val. Tessa Thompson is just so incredibly gorgeous and cool and tough… I could not take my eyes off her. I kind of want to be her. #ladycrush.
Anyway, Ragnarok is a load of silly fun and I really liked it. You should go and see it.