Thor is back on the big screen, and the critics seem pretty happy about it.
According to the Daily Telegraph, Thor: Ragnarok best movies is the Marvel Studios’ “… funny, charming, dazzling [and] splendidly developed.”
The film, says variety, is “simply the best of the three Thor movies”, “self-aware punchlines in”.
Empire, meanwhile, there are four stars, a super hero adventure it describes as a “full-bore Comedy with a blockbuster spectacle as a backdrop for gags”.
Thor: Ragnarok, in 2011, the Thor and 2013’s Thor: The Dark world sees the eponymous God of thunder, played by Chris Hemsworth, the face of a terrifying new adversary.
This new character, named Hela, “played with haughty relish,” from Oscar winner Cate Blanchett, according to Radio Times’ Jeremy Aspinall.
The action in Taika Waititi’s film sees Hemsworth blows with fellow Avenger the Hulk, now a gladiator on a distant planet called Sakaar.
His appearance, writes The Guardian’s Steve Rose, “the most fleshed-out performance of the Hulk, we had, in the Marvel universe”.
The result, says Screen Daily’s Tim Grierson, is “a grinningly goofy comic-book movie, full of young joy.”
The Independent, however, take issue with the film is “convoluted” plot and bemoans its lack of “dramatic urgency”.
Thor: Ragnarok, which also stars Tom Hiddleston, and Jeff Goldblum, opens in the UK and Ireland, the 24.October.Analysis, entertainment reporter Neil Smith
The Marvel Cinematic Universe, which began in 2008 with the first Iron Man film now covers nine years, 17 movies and a large cast, with each new installment.
Success stories don’t come much more success than this. Even so, though, there were some parts of this epic super-hero-gallery, were less welcome than others.
Thor is a case in point. If toplining his own movies, or chipping as a part of the Avengers ensemble, this relic of the Norse mythology always seemed out of step with the rest of the extended franchise.
By recognizing and embracing its core ridiculousness, though, Thor: can Ragnarok to integrate finally found a way to the character and his world in the whole of the MCU landscape.
In spite of its title from a Scandinavian word for the Apocalypse, the latest Marvel film is a joyfully disrespectful is a hoot, in which super-hero the deeds of a hero are almost an afterthought.
The scenes in which Chris Hemsworth is Thor banters and bickers with the now-talking Hulk are a joy, as in the Jeff Goldblum as the supposedly vicious but actually quite approachable grandmaster.
To vent if there is a downside to the film, the tactics, constantly its moments of tension, the threat and menace, it is, to do it leaves Cate Blanchett with very little, as the chief antagonist to sleep.
The two-time Oscar-winner growling their dialogue with aplomb, and sports a antler-like headgear, it could your eye. Hardly is introduced to her character, alas, when she promptly relegated to the margin.
It is a Hela-a waste of a great actress, does little to dispel the feeling that the MCU and the super-hero genre in General – remains something of a boys’ club.
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