THOR: RAGNAROK (M)
HAMMER COMES DOWN, HUMOUR GOES UP, US, 129 MIN
The third big-screen solo outing for Thor sees the burly, bearded bloke in his best form yet. While the movie supplies the kind of sprawling action spectacle Marvel is renowned for, it is also a sly, dry comedy packed with deadpan punchlines and absurd sight gags. The good-natured goofiness to the fore is the handiwork of New Zealand filmmaker Taika Waititi ( Hunt for the Wilderpeople). When Waititi and an enthusiastic cast – led by Australian duo Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Cate Blanchett as his evil older sister Hela – get the laughs going on a roll, the movie’s charm is irresistible.
KARL URBAN AND CATE BLANCHETT PLAY THE BADDIES IN THOR: RAGNAROK, A FILM SUPPLYING PLENTY OF ACTION BUT ALSO PLENTY OF DRY HUMOUR.