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Ham­mer time in Thor: Rag­narok

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FILM RE­VIEW

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.

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