Thor Ragnarok

Thor Ragnarok

Taika Waititi (2017)

125min
12A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Family ties and family lies come home to roost for Thor in the third solo adventure for the immortal Avenger. With Chris Hemsworth's thunder god initially in the clutches of a demonic fire giant ranting about the end of Asgard (or Ragnarok in Norse parlance), you might be expecting a grim, doom-laden instalment. However, a shackled Thor coolly cracking quips like Bruce Willis in his pomp is a sign of things to come, for this fabulous fantasy is the Marvel Universe at its funniest. OK, death goddess Hela (played with haughty relish by Cate Blanchett) banishes Thor and his slippery sibling Loki (Tom Hiddleston) to a faraway planet where life and death depends on surviving a gladiatorial arena overseen by a louche Jeff Goldblum. But once a not-so-mighty Thor - shorn of hammer, costume and hair - encounters old sparring partner (and missing Avenger) the Hulk in the ring and the shellackings have been handed out, a hoot of a buddy movie ensues - think Midnight Run or a Hope/Crosby Road movie, only with a god and a rage monster in bickering tandem. Kiwi director Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows) serves up a hugely entertaining, laugh-out-loud romp with brilliant brawls, humour delivered with deadpan finesse (not least by Waititi himself as hilariously random rock beast Korg) and plenty of in-jokes. Meanwhile, Hemsworth proves a dab hand in his double-take double act with Mark Ruffalo as Hulk's alter ego Bruce Banner and there are tasty performances from Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr Strange and Tessa Thompson as a feisty warrior woman. Some may bemoan the unabashed light-heartedness but a game-changing reckoning on Asgard awaits Thor and his cohorts in a typically cataclysmic climax. Ragnarok definitely rocks.

Cast & Crew

Thor Chris Hemsworth
Loki Tom Hiddleston
Bruce Banner / Hulk Mark Ruffalo
Hela Cate Blanchett
Odin Anthony Hopkins
Grandmaster Jeff Goldblum
Heimdall Idris Elba
Skurge, the Executioner Karl Urban
Valkyrie Tessa Thompson
Dr Stephen Strange Benedict Cumberbatch
Korg Taika Waititi
Topaz Rachel House
Volstagg Ray Stevenson
Hogun Tadanobu Asano
Fandral Zachary Levi
Surtur Clancy Brown
Hairdresser Stan Lee
Director Taika Waititi
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Walt DisneyAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 24 Oct 2017