The Cinema Station’s Rating: Third AC journey (2.5/5)
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Hopkins
Director: Taika Waititi
Dysfunctional families have been food for the celluloid over the years and will continue to do so, but, to be honest, I had never thought that the Marvel gods would also face similar family issues as did Ekta Kapoor a decade back. Ragnarok, the destined destruction of Asgard is what brings back Thor to his land and what unfolds in the next couple of hours did not seem that amazing to me.
It all starts with a cocky Thor ripping apart the fire demon, Surfur and heading back to Asgard. It is here that he finds out that Loki has exonerated Odin and is now enjoying his days as the ruler of Asgard, disguised as Odin. Moving further, director, Taika Waititi focuses on the differences of the Asgard brothers and finely mixes comedy with emotion in the first few minutes. Soon after their reunion with Odin, Thor and Loki figure out two things; first, Odin does not have much time left, and second, they have an elder sister, Hela, the Goddess of Death, who was banished and kept away by Odin for rebelling against him. It hardly takes Hela time to resurface after the death of Odin and all hell breaks loose. The director takes a good chunk of time to hit the road and till he does, it all goes well. He introduces members of the Avengers followed by the Hulk to cause a bit of a chill, but it’s simply not enough to keep me occupied for over 2 hours.
While Hela unleashes her wrath over Asgard, Thor has an amazing reunion with the Hulk who has been in his green monsterous avatar since Sokovia. It is not much time before Ragnarok hits both, Asgard and the film. As the siblings fulfill their ambitions and aspirations the film slowly moves out of the hands of the director and heads towards a cliched Marvel ending. The star cast is well done with each character doing their job perfectly. Hemsworth and Hiddleston as Thor and Loki have always been a charm and their evil sister, Hela (Cate Blanchett) does not fail to impress either.
The action is well done and comedy is classy but it soon gets exaggerated giving an impression that the director does not have much to showcase in this marathon long film. With a pretty standard template of Marvel films, Thor: Ragnarok dwells only in its comedy, on-screen stardom and sensational graphics. Honestly, it gives off the feel of a film that was completely unnecessary as even the post-credit scenes are a letdown, giving no significant link to the future Avengers series.
Despite all its glossy offerings, Thor’s 3rd version does not have much to impress or boast about. The first film brought out an evil younger brother, the second one a confused and delusional elder sibling, while the third, a demented and destructive sister. Thor: Ragnarok leaves me wondering about Odin’s upbringing and how did such confusing kids turn out to be Gods?