Thor Ragnarok: fun above all [critique]

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Taika Waititi’s blockbuster is as funny as it is hollow.

First unencrypted broadcast for Thor ragnarok, this Sunday on TF1. On this occasion, we share our review of the super-heroic comedy signed Taika Waititi, who is currently preparing the fourth installment for Marvel. We originally released it when it was released in October 2017. Note that the blockbuster will be followed by another film worn by Chris Hemsworth: In the heart of the ocean, by Ron Howard. A very successful maritime drama for which he lost a lot of weight.

Chris Hemsworth returns in Thor’s costume after two solo opus and two episodes ofAvengers released between 2011 and 2015. Last I heard, his brother Loki (Tom hiddleston) had taken on the appearance of their father Odin (Anthony hopkins) to seize the throne of Asgard, and the God of Thunder had seen his mate Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) fly into space at the end of Age of Ultron. Ragnarok picks up exactly there: the fake Odin continues to fool his world and the reunion between Thor and his angry pal is at the heart of this sequel. The arrival of Hela, the goddess of death (Cate Blanchett), will force the hero to defend his kingdom again.

“Thor Ragnarok is 80% improvisation”

“Let the show begin”

Taika Waititi, revealed by excellent comedies, including his mock documentary Vampires in complete privacy, was chosen to complete the Avengers’ most unloved trilogy. The first two opus of Thor contained good ideas but never fully delivered on their promises: the Shakespearean side of Kenneth Branagh’s film was not so much dug and the visual prowess of Dark world were not enough to build a cohesive saga.

Following this rather shaky creation, the director manages without difficulty to offer Thor his best film by focusing on humor. Thor 3 is fun. The writers draw from the previous installments of their Marvel Cinematic Universe, fromIron man of Guardians of the Galaxy Passing by Doctor Strange, to give it a lighter tone. This works especially since entire sequences are built for the sole purpose of making people laugh. From the start of the film, the play that parodies the best and the worst of comics Thor (the transformation into a frog!) is here to please the early fans. The hero’s reunion with the Hulk in a gladiatorial arena results in a hilarious streak, provided you have seen Avengers, because it works above all through the reactions of the various protagonists (the angry Hulk, delighted Thor, frightened Loki and the Grand Master who does not understand what is happening before his eyes). Valkyrie’s Presentations (Tessa thompson), Korg (Taika Waititi) and the Grand Master (Jeff Goldblum) are also thought of as real comedy scenes – which will undoubtedly be a great source of gif. The actors have fun and their pleasure is absolutely communicative. Ditto for the two heroes: the relationship between the two enemy brothers is still as crisp, Hiddleston and Hemsworth visibly taking pleasure in sending pikes.

Visually, the promise of a colorful adventure, inspired by the 1980s, is also respected. The design of the Grand Master’s planet is neat, the music on the synth of Mark Mothersbaugh (composer among others for Wes anderson on The Tenenbaum Family, Aquatic Life…) Is fun and contrasts with the atmosphere of previous Marvel ones. The use of the cult piece of Led Zeppelin “Immigrant Song” on the action scenes works well, if not original: the title, often used in trailers, is repeated twice in the film. Finally, although supported, the references to video games (the fight against the God Surtur seems straight from God of war, the final with Karl Urban is borrowed from Doom) are funny enough to be enjoyed by gamers.

Thor Ragnarok – Cate Blanchett: “Sometimes I felt like I was in a video game”

“Are you Thor, the Hammer King?”

Once the euphoria has passed, the basic question arises. And that’s where Thor ragnarok wobbles. The film is as funny as it is hollow. By dint of stringing jokes, the plot breaks all the dramatic issues one by one. Even if Cate Blanchett Has fun like crazy in the role of Hela, the threat of her character loses power through being mocked / diverted by the comic dialogues. Odin’s fate has no dramatic fallout, it only serves to rekindle the feud between his sons, who would have bickered anyway no matter what. The loss of Mjolnir has no impact on Thor’s fights. Worse, the hero fights better without! The question of destruction, the “Ragnarok” which gives the film its title, is processed, and interesting on paper, but the tension is never really present. The blockbuster works as pure comedy, works well when it references Avengers, but never stick to the mythology of Thor. Everything that had started to be built in the first two films (Asgard, the power of Odin, the romantic relationship between Jane Foster –Natalie Portman– and Thor, the support of his warrior friends…) is swept away. Thor ragnarok thus recalls another end of the trilogy, Iron man 3, which relied heavily on humor but didn’t really evolve the superhero. It is all the more striking since only a few months ago, James gunn managed to move in another Marvel blockbuster, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, which, in addition to respecting the promise of comedy, managed to fully deal with the father-son theme by giving it a certain gravity, and offered – at least some of its heroes – the possibility of evolving.

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Extract of Thor ragnarok :

Hulk almost got a beard in Thor Ragnarok

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