When you take a look at the Marvel Cinematic Universe there are some characters who are used more often for comedy than others. The Hulk is often comic relief, usually physical stuff (just think of him slamming Loki back and forth), but if you take a look at the other super heroes it’s Thor who is also the source for a lot of jokes. In the first movie he was a fish out of water who stood out because he talked differently and didn’t know how everything on earth worked. But also in the other Marvel movies a lot of comedy came from him. So it was great news to hear that Taika Waititi would be directing Ragnarok. Hunt for the Wilderpeople and What We Do in the Shadows were extremely funny and Boy was also a very good movie. But as we’ve seen in the past with Edgar Wright and Antman, there is always a risk that the comedy a director wants to bring doesn’t align with the ideas the studio has. Fortunately Waititi has been able to finish the movie and keep his brand of humour intact.
In this third Thor movie his home of Asgard is in this danger of being taken over by a new enemy. When he finds himself on another planet, not being able to return he has to find help and a way out to protect his home planet.
Straight from the start it’s clear that Thor:Ragnarok is all about delivering an entertaining and funny movie and it more than succeeds in that. Of course there is a serious threat that Thor must face, but his way in getting there is filled with very entertaining, joke filled set pieces. The supporting cast is great as well, with some nice surprises along the way (especially if you haven’t seen the trailers). Visually the movie follows previous films and the planet Thor ends up on is a very colourful one.
The changes Thor goes through in this movie will surely lead to some discussion, but does fit well within the story. From all the Marvel movies this is probably the funniest one, so if you are looking for a great time at the cinema, choosing this one is a no-brainer.