Thor: Ragnarok

2hrs 10mins | Rated M | Violence

Starring: Cate Blanchett, Tessa Thompson, Jaimie Alexander

Opening at the CAPITOL on November 2

Taika Waititi's Thor: Ragnarok the best time you'll ever have at the movies
Who knew that what Marvel needed to overcome superhero fatigue was an indie filmmaker from New Zealand?
Taika Waititi's Thor: Ragnarok is a raucous, insane, hilarious, visual assault and it's everything superhero films were ever supposed to be.
Both comic film studios Marvel and DC fell into the trap of trying to go dark and gritty with their heroes, totally forgetting that these stories are utter nonsense.
There are gods, a giant green rage monster, a defrosted 50s war hero and a grown man in a cape. It's absurdity wrapped in spandex and finally, someone understands that.
Waititi is the first director in the Marvel roster who fully delves into the fun side of heroism, Ragnarok is fun and outlandish and hyper-stylised with all the comedy the comics used to have and then some.
But it's Waititi's character Korg and the constant flow of Kiwi humour that really breathes life into this franchise, and the Kiwi director even manages to invoke some Lord of the Rings/Battle of Helm's Deep vibes into Asgard while he's at it.
The whole thing is frankly insane and risky as hell, but it's paid off. Ragnarok is everything Marvel needs to breathe life into the franchise, and it's undoubtedly stamped Waititi's distinctive mark on the Marvel Cinematic Universe as we move toward Avengers: Infinity War.
The question is: How's Marvel going to top the Waititi effect?

NZ Herald