Film- Thor: Ragnarok
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Cate Blanchett, Mark Ruffalo, Tessa Thompson, Tom Hiddleston
Director: Taika Waititi
Taika Waititi is said to have wanted another Marvel superhero to rumble alongside Thor in this flick. He wanted Deadpool. Now, while the R-rated foul-mouthed superhero was not part of this one, his irreverent and oddball soul was.
Waititi's latest addition to the Thor series, titled Thor:Ragnarok is a quirky, meandering ride to a climax that looks like it's straight out of a Japanese anime. The film does play down a familiar path but has a laugh at its own expense while its at it, with the director from New Zealand playing with the pace at will, yet is careful not to miss a beat.
Ragnarok is unlike the other two prequels in the Thor franchise, and refuses to take itself too seriously, unlike the usual stuck-up superhero fare.
Chris Hemsworth reprises his role as the prince of Asgard with Marvel also roping in Mark Ruffalo to play the Hulk, who is much more intelligbly chatty this time around. Anthony Hopkins returns as the ageing Odin, but it is the banter between the Avengers duo that makes for some great screen-time. Another scene-stealer is the spunky Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, with Cate Blanchett as Hela, Thor's elder sister, and the arch-villain in the piece.
Jeff Goldblum stars as Grandmaster, a hedonistic ruler of the planet Sakaar where Thor forms his four-member team, a moronically titled foursome called the 'Revengers'. Tom Hiddleston is back as the up-to-no-good younger brother Loki, his understated British humour adding a bit of poise to proceedings when need be, and plot-points when the writers change gear.
It is a bit of a giveaway in the trailer, and Thor is without his famed hammer but with more 'juice' in him after Odin asks poignantly: 'Are you Thor, the God of hammers?'
The Norse God of Thunder awakens to his true powers later, the film though begins with Thor shackled in chains. However, it only goes one way from there, culminating in a dazzling action sequence with Led Zeppelin's 'Immigrant Song' in the background. This is rock-n-roll in poetic motion.