Release year: 2017
Director: Taika Waititi
Screenwriter: Eric Pearson, Craig Kyle, Christopher Yost, (based on the comics by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber and Jack Kirby)
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Idris Elba, Karl Urban
Asgard is in more danger than ever, when Hela (Blanchett), a worse enemy than Thor has ever made, arrives to take the throne. Thor (Hemsworth) and Loki (Hiddleston) tries escaping through Bifrost, but finds themselves forced into space, where Thor ends up captured by the Grandmaster (Goldblum) on the planet Sakaar. Thrown into gladiator battles, Thor must try to escape to help his people, but first he has to survive fighting the Grandmaster’s champion.
With Waititi, a man behind movies like Eagle vs Shark (2007) and What We Do in the Shadows (2014), behind the directing wheel, it is no surprise that this part in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is one of the funniest. That it is also incredible cool with stunning slow-motion action sequences as well as colourful and adventorous is only a big benefit. Hemsworth (Snow White and the Huntsman, 2012) has never looked more at ease in his part as the God (Lord?) of Thunder and gets a makeover to suit the fresh take on the franchise. He has plenty of charisma to carry the movie from Asgard through intergalactic chaos and back to Asgard without ever loosing his audience. Bruce Banner’s Hulk-problem means we get to see more of the big green dude, and not just in battle, but the movie also gives more screen time to his alter-ego Banner and it is a pleasure to watch Ruffalo (Spotlight, 2015) prove for the umpteenth time, why he is the best Hulk ever seen on screen. The two Avengers and Loki, a welcomed return of the excellent Hiddleston (Kong: Skull Island, 2017), make a nice trio with Elba (The Dark Tower, 2017) in great form keeping Asgard alive with a bigger part than previously seen for him. But no Marvel movie without a villain and though the sparkly and clearly quite insane Grandmaster, played terifically by a Goldblum ( Jurassic Park, 1993) with charisma to match the Thunder Lord…ehm God, we get the pleasure of enjoying a female baddie in form of Thor’s sister Hela. Used to watching the talented Blanchett (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, 2001) playing ethereal beauties it is nice to see she can easily transform herself into pure evil, where her royal beauty adds elegance to deadliness. She makes one hell of a match to the inhuman strong Thor and looks good while doing it. The movie moves from jokes to drama to action-packed battles filled with colours, great characters, and stunning scenes and it is no wonder many has already named this one of their very favourite of the Marvel bunch.
hor’s “friend from work” line about the Hulk was suggested to Chris Hemsworth by a Make-A-Wish child who paid a visit to the set on the day the scene was filmed.
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