Third time’s a charm for Thor

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more and more with each film, but is now the per­fect con­duit for pure hero­ism; hand­some, phys­i­cally im­pos­ing, no stranger to a dam­aged look and hi­lar­i­ously funny.

Thor un­der­goes a dra­matic trans­for­ma­tion here, and the Aus­tralian throws ev­ery­thing into his ca­reer-best per­for­mance.

Ruf­falo is tremen­dous too and it’s nice to see The Hulk him­self con­tinue to blos­som on the big screen af­ter a rocky start.

Blanchett rev­els in her de­struc­tive role and Hela de­liv­ers where so many oth­ers have failed in the MCU; por­tray­ing an in­ter­est­ing an­tag­o­nist who you gen­uinely feel could de­feat our heroes.

It’s won­der­ful see­ing Jeff Gold­blum (Grand­mas­ter) get to em­brace his kook­i­ness on such a grand scale, Creed’s Tessa Thomp­son (Valkyrie) is so good you’re long­ing to see more of her and Tom Hid­dle­ston’s Loki and An­thony Hop­kins’ Odin make wel­come re­turns.

There are two or three char­ac­ters too many, how­ever, as the story struggles to jug­gle the weight of its ex­pan­sive worlds.

Waititi in­evitably makes con­ces­sions to his new block­buster play­ground, but it’s re­as­sur­ing to see he keeps an ec­cen­tric, out­landish mo­tif across the board.

The vi­su­als are breath­tak­ing and peak with an awein­spir­ing, fiery fi­nale that com­fort­ably slots in among the MCU’s top three cli­maxes.

Thor re­turns next year for In­fin­ity War, but af­ter the soar­ing suc­cess of his third stand­alone flick, let’s hope this isn’t the last we see of Waititi in the block­buster world.

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