By Damon Smith Thor: Ragnarok (12A)
Marvel Comics’ dreamy incarnation of the hammer-wielding Norse god of thunder finally gets into an otherworldly groove in this third solo outing directed to the comic hilt by Taika Waititi. A heady brew of rip-roaring action adventure, bone-dry humour and dazzling spectacle positions this gung-ho chapter closer to Guardians Of The Galaxy than its brawny predecessors.
Inspirational true story of a dapper young man, who contracted polio in 1950s Kenya and was confronted with spending his final days confined to a hospital bed, paralysed from the neck down and reliant on machines to carry out basic bodily functions. Encouraged to embrace life by his spirited wife, he blazed a defiant trail by venturing outside of the hospital ward in a specially constructed wheelchair fitted with a battery-powered mobile respirator. “No-one with your husband’s disability exists outside the hospital,” warns one doommongering medic. Strong echoes of The Theory Of Everything in Andy Serkis’s directorial debut, with sterling performances from Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy as the married couple, who believe their love and the enduring power of the human spirit will prove science wrong.