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Thor:Ragnarok  : Hilarity & Spectacular Rivalry
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Friday, October 27, 2017
Taika Waititi
Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Mark Ruffalo

An opening sequence with a jaw-dropping skeleton and Thor in chains, sets up the merry mix. However tight the situation, director Taika Waititi keeps it light, the fun and the tension running concurrently.


With the arrival of Hella, the Goddess of Death as an additional sibling for Thor, the throne of Asgard becomes the centrepiece. Loki, the lovable rascal of a brother, is around too. So along with the spectacular visuals indelibly associated with the franchise, sibling rivalries also sizzle. Hella despatches Thor to a galactic dump presided over by a deliciously evil Grandmaster while she’s the wicked queen of Asgard. Marvel’s many characters who’ve become as familiar as family members, pop in and out, always brimming with fun.


There’s a delightful sequence with Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr Strange where Thor’s cup of tea turns into a long drink of beer that keeps refilling itself. And Loki drops in for another chuckle.


The introduction of Hulk is perfectly timed and the screenplay keeps teasing Thor and the viewer who can’t wait for Bruce Banner to emerge.


With a Valkyrie also on board and several references to the Avengers, the old and the new mingle to end with the ultimate message: that it’s not a geographical spot but its people who make a place wherever it might be.   


Irrespective of who comes in or goes out, the Thor franchise rests on Chris Hemsworth’s solid shoulders, the twinkling eyes, the six-pack and the cheesiness making him a complete package of charm. Tom Hiddleston as Loki makes rivalry seem like revelry, he’s so lovable. The ‘Get help’ sequence is a fine witty moment between the brothers. Mark Ruffalo as Hulk and Banner always brings a smile to the face and he adds to the humour with his line that the Hella-Thor fight is a family issue he wants no part of. Jeff Goldblumas the Grandmaster amuses till the very end and Anthony Hopkins as father Odin brings familiar paternal wisdom to Thor’s life.


Amongst the new entrants, Cate Blanchettis surprisingly unimpressive as Hella, coming off like a cardboard-ish caricature of the evil queen. But director Taika Waititi’s voicing makes new character Korga welcome addition and Tessa Thompson is saucy as the Valkyrie.


For a film that throbs with vitality from the word go, Thor:Ragnarok gets a vibrant 3.5* rating.


Reviewed by
Bharathi S Pradhan

Senior Journalist & Author



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