At the movies
Hammer time in Thor: Ragnarok
Thor: Ragnarok, Rated M Stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Mark Ruffalo Director: Taika Waititi It’s been a few days since I saw Thor: Ragnarok and I can’t get it out of my head. Or, more specifically, I can’t get its music out of my head.
The manic guitar riff and screams of Led Zeppelin’s Immigrant Song kick in during the first early fight scenes, smacking you in the head with an energy equal to that wielded by Thor’s famous hammer.
But by going back to the 1970s, this third Thor movie proves it is bang up to date and finally a force in the Marvel Cinematic Universe under its new director, the New Zealander Taika Waititi (Boy, Hunt for the Wilderpeople). And, at last, there’s a decent Marvel villain.
Cate Blanchett dyes her hair black and squeezes into a tight leather outfit to become a hot-looking Hela, the goddess of death.
She breezes through this, with withering lines and glares, laying waste to anyone who blocks her path, including some recurring characters in the Thor series.
As for the titular character, Chris Hemsworth returns as the god of thunder with a new haircut and killer sixpack.
The Australian has always shown a comedic touch in this role but now Thor has been stripped of his pomposity, the humour shines bright.
We catch up with him two years after the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron, now battling the fiery demon Surtur and trading as many one-liners as punches.
The rest of Ragnarok follows the standard Marvel formula of a group of squabbling misfits finding a way to work together to tackle overwhelming odds.
Marvel was right to take a punt on a relatively unknown director.
He’s crafted a film which is easily the best in the Thor series, and also in my top five of the MCU canon.
Karl Urban as Skurge and Cate Blanchett as Hela.