Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

I will cut to the chase for all the Marvel fans out there: yes, there are post-credits, two of them, in fact. But are they worth staying on for? Nope. And no, I don’t think you should fork out extra cash to watch this in IMAX.

OKAY, NOW LET’S GET TO MY REVIEW.

I have to make it clear, I am a huge fan of Taika Waititi, who was the director of this film. I love his work so much, you could almost say that I needed this movie to get my Waititi fix. I couldn’t even wait till tomorrow (which is the actual day of release) to watch the film because I was just too excited, haha!

To say I loved this movie would be lie, but to say I hated it would also not be entirely true. And I was torn and confused for a while after the movie. I couldn’t explain the emotions I felt. When the tone of the movie was funny, I laughed like hell. Those scenes were SO MUCH FUN to watch, and if a playlist of those scenes existed on youtube, I’d be watching them over and over again right this second.

But every now and then, the scene and tone changed, namely to Idris Elba and Cate Blanchett’s scenes, where it was no longer written to be funny, and I found myself absolutely dreading those parts. Yawning a couple of times… I couldn’t wait for the scenes to go back to Sakaar, where it was funnier and more “Taika”.

I literally loved half the movie and hated the other half. It felt like two different people wrote this movie, one of them being Taika. It was disjointed, and it felt odd alternating between these two distinctly different and opposing tones. When I got home, I got about to googling for some answers/explanations, where I found out that Taika Waititi didn’t write the screenplay! Some other guy did it, and all Taika could do was to adjust some of the dialogue to insert comedic elements into it.

WHICH EXPLAINS EVERYTHING.

I don’t know who this Eric Pearson guy is, who wrote the screenplay, but it was awful. If Thor: Ragnarok didn’t have Taika Waititi’s comedic input, it would have been a boring and dreadful disaster. Gosh, thinking about this makes me upset! It’s such a shame. Why couldn’t they give Taika full control over what we saw on screen? Did they not give him a chance or did he choose not to do much about it? I’m not sure, but I’m pretty damn sure if he was the sole person to direct, write and produce this movie, it would have been off the frickin’ charts, with us the audience actually laughing all the way from start to end. Seriously. I was in the cinema. The audience only laughed at the parts Taika Waititi wrote. I’m just saying, I hope this movie helps Taika gain more trust from the investors, that if they decide to let him direct another movie, they’d give him full and absolute control.

APART FROM TAIKA, I felt that Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo and Jeff Goldblum were absolutely amazing in this film. They were so genuine in their performances, it was such a joy to watch them. There was a scene where Jeff Goldblum (who plays the ruler of Sakaar) was watching the “gladiator” fight from the audience, and he was fidgeting nervously exactly like the way a real person would look like if they were watching an actual soccer match. It was just a few seconds but it really mattered to me.

And Chris Hemsworth – freaking hilarious. He surprised us with his performance in Ghostbusters, and now we get to see this side of him again! I just felt sorry for him in THOSE scenes where it wasn’t written well, *cough* crap screenplay *cough*, I could see that he was a little awkward too. I guess I’m not the only one who’s not comfortable with half of the screenplay.

I loved the scenes between Banner and Thor so much, I might actually rewatch the movie JUST for those scenes. It was so Taika, so funny, I enjoyed every bit of it. It felt extremely honest, which was endearing to me. MARK RUFFALO WAS SO CUTE! He really was.

I think I don’t have to go into much detail about how Taika Waititi was freaking electric as Korg. Just watch this clip, I’ve seen it at least ten times. Love at first sight.

Well drats, I’m really torn. The pros and the cons of this film are so evenly matched. Okay here’s my verdict:

  1. If you’re a fan of Taika Waititi’s films (Hunt for the Wilderpeople and What We Do in the Shadows), I recommend you to watch this film anyways, even if it’s just for the Taika-written bits, or Korg, I think it’s worth paying a ticket to watch!
  2. If you’re a fan of the superhero film genre, but you have no clue who Taika Waititi is, I still highly recommend this film to you. It’s got the plot of the usual superhero films (which I hate, but you probably love), so the plot shouldn’t stand in the way of you enjoying the movie. Plus, the comedic tone of this film is gonna be a HUGE bonus for you. Welcome to the Taika Waititi fan club 🙂
  3. If you’re neither of the above, and your usual preference in films are towards the arthouse/indie side, and as you’re looking at the ratings you’re wondering whether it’s worth the risk… I’d say, don’t watch this film. Watch the other films by Taika Waititi instead (refer to point 1). I don’t think Thor: Ragnarok is going to be a fair gauge of Taika’s real talent, since he didn’t have absolute control over this film. And of course, as his loyal fan, I’d like you to give him a fair chance to captivate you.