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Thor Ragnarok

  • Action
  • Comedy
  • 2017
  • Taika Waititi
  • 125 mins
  • 12

Summary

The warrior is imprisoned on the other side of the universe and attempts to get back to Asgard to stop the destruction of his homeworld by his evil sister. However, while fighting as a gladiator for a crazed dictator, Thor finds help from an unexpected source. Fantasy adventure, starring Chris Hemsworth, Cate Blanchett, Tom Hiddleston and Mark Ruffalo

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

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.

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Cast

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ThorChris Hemsworth
LokiTom Hiddleston
Bruce Banner / HulkMark Ruffalo
HelaCate Blanchett
OdinAnthony Hopkins
GrandmasterJeff Goldblum
HeimdallIdris Elba
Skurge, the ExecutionerKarl Urban
ValkyrieTessa Thompson
Dr Stephen StrangeBenedict Cumberbatch
KorgTaika Waititi
TopazRachel House
VolstaggRay Stevenson
HogunTadanobu Asano
FandralZachary Levi
SurturClancy Brown
HairdresserStan Lee

Crew

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DirectorTaika Waititi

Details

Theatrical distributor
Walt Disney
Released on
2017-10-24
Languages
English
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour

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