The question isn’t even if you should watch Thor: Ragnarok, but why you should. Marvel Studios is so confident in this film that they lifted the review embargo two weeks before the movie is set to release in U.S. theatres.
Thor: Ragnarok is set to hit theatres in less than a week, and the world is currently in massive hype mode. Unless you live in the US and you have to wait two weeks though… We recently met up with Thor of Oz and IMAX Melbourne to discuss their upcoming 3D Advanced Screening of Ragnarok, because you know, we’re all really keen to watch it early and on the biggest screen possible. But more on that later.
In any case, it’s obvious that you should watch Thor: Ragnarok. Even Marvel Studios is so confident that they lifted the review embargo of this film two weeks early (so yesterday). But to be nit-picky, this isn’t anything revolutionary. Marvel did the same thing with The Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and even Civil War (but that was three weeks earlier).
Thor: Ragnarok is doing so well on Rotten Tomatoes, it has a score of 98% from 45 critics, and 99% ‘want to see’ from over 50,000 fans.
But to my main point, it’s pointless asking whether you should watch Ragnarok. It’s a given, you should. But I’m going to tell you why. And to start things off, I have to address the current fan reviews.
Fans telling you why you should watch Thor: Ragnarok
While official reviews have only had their embargos lifted yesterday, the social media embargo was lifted on the eighth of October. And to quickly summarise, the reviews have been overwhelmingly positive.
Now you can say James Gunn is biased, having worked with Marvel on Guardians of the Galaxy, but no one can deny his definition of funny.
#ThorRagnarok is stunningly fun and hilarious! A modern-but-maybe-even-better Bukaroo Banzai/Flash Gordon! Splashy, colorful awesomeness!
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) October 11, 2017
The good people at Geeks of Color also thought that the film was vibrant, saying:
‘Thor: Ragnarok’ was dope! The action was awesome. The visuals were insane and it was extremely funny. Top 5 marvel movie. #ThorRagnarok
— Geeks Of Color (@GeeksOfColor) October 11, 2017
Wow, everyone seems to think the film’s really funny!
Thor Ragnarok is one of the funniest Marvel Studio movies thus far, definitely the best Thor film. Loved Mark Mothersbaugh’s score.
— Peter Sciretta (@slashfilm) October 9, 2017
Okay guys, we get it, it’s funny…
Thor: Ragnarok is just plain fun. It’s hilarious from start to finish with quirky performances & exciting action. Tessa Thompson is the MVP. pic.twitter.com/7GyYG4IZZ5
— Germain Lussier (@GermainLussier) October 9, 2017
Hello, #ThorRagnarok is a lot of fun, and no, strange people, that’s not a bad thing. Taika and Hemsworth are a delightful pairing.
— Kate Erbland (@katerbland) October 9, 2017
Now from what I’m seeing, this movie is a) funny, b) visually fantastic, and c) has as good of a soundtrack as Guardians of the Galaxy. What more could you want!? And for those concerned that it’s going to be too much like Guardians, let me put your fears at rest. Because not even James Gunn could copy the originality and eccentricity of Ragnarok director Taika Waititi.
What’s special about Taika Waititi
For those who don’t know, Taika Waititi is one of the best people on the planet. For a more in detail summary of who he is, you can read this link here. But, for a quick rundown, Taika Waititi is the 2017 New Zealander of the Year with an unrivaled sense of humour. His past work includes Boy, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, What We Do in the Shadows, and Eagle vs Shark. Now I’d definitely recommend that you’d watch all these films ASAP. But if you want a quick demonstration of his humour, you can check out the Team Thor short that Taika wrote and directed.
In an interview with MTV, Taika talked about how he tried to bring as much of himself into this film. “I’m trying to bring my tone of sensibility from my other films… and I’m trying to foster a kind of familial, very loose and collaborative mood on set.” For those who don’t understand what that means, it essentially involves playing music, dancing non-stop and essentially building a sense of community.
Even the actors set were a bit surprised by Taika’s direction for Ragnarok. Taika reported Mark Rufallo, who plays Bruce Banner/The Incredible Hulk , saying “Why have we not been fired yet? We are doing the most insane stuff in this film, so where’s the phone call?”
Thor: Ragnarok is a film on its own
There are a lot of people out there who are very much into original films, hating the fact that ‘every movie nowadays is a sequel!’ Now to those people, all I have to say is that Thor: Ragnarok will be as original as they could possibly want. And not just how The Force Awakens was different to A New Hope, but actually new. Because that is what Taika is all about.
Believe it or not but Ragnarok was 80% improv or ad-lib. That’s right. And no I am not kidding – 80% of the filming was made on the spot. According to that same MTV interview Taika claims that he’d “…often be behind the camera, or right next to the camera yelling words at people, like, ‘Say this, say this! Say it this way!’ I’ll straight-up give Anthony Hopkins a line reading. I don’t care.” Now I don’t want to criticise Taika, but no one tells Odin what to do. Or Hannibal Lecter. Seriously, that’s just waiting for something bad to happen.
Of Australians and New Zealanders
In an interview with Australian’s own Triple J, Taika was talking about how the film was packed with Australian and New Zealand Easter Eggs.
First of all, Taika’s character on the film is based off of your classic Kiwi nightclub bouncer. A giant with an intimidating exterior but the heart and soul of Bambi.
Secondly, Taika got Somali and Aboriginal actors in the film, including Taika himself of course, just to make him feel a bit more at home.
What’s the best thing of all is that all the spaceships are named after Holdens. That’s right, Holdens. Chief among these are the Commodore, the Statesman, the Kingswood, The Torana. The ship that the ‘Revengers’ (Thor’s Avengers) fly out on – the Commodore – apparently has all the colours of the Aboriginal flag. So the ship is a compilation of the flag’s black, yellow, and red. And according to Taika, essentially “…The heroes of the film, are like, escaping from this world in the Aboriginal flag.” How cool is that!?
YES YOU SHOULD WATCH THIS MOVIE! IF NOT FOR THE EASTER EGGS, TAIKA WAITITI, AND THE REVIEWS, WATCH IT FOR SEX GODB-, I MEAN JEFF GOLDBLUM!
And if after all that I can’t convince you to watch the film, then hear what our friend Thor of Oz has to say. Thor of Oz is a Thor cosplayer (duh) by the name Andrew Lutomski, and he had the pleasure of seeing Thor: Ragnarok at the Sydney Premiere. This is what he has to say about it:
“Thor: Ragnarok is full of the quick wit and banter that you would expect from a Guardians or Iron Man film, paired with the leading character development you would see from a Captain America film. It has brought the best aspects of the franchise so far and combined them into an unmissable asset to the MCU.”
“There’s no doubt the nonstop humour came straight from the mad genius mind of Taika Waititi and his personal flare and touch to the film will bring a special connection between the Australian and New Zealand audiences.”
“The Thor that leaves Ragnarok is not the Thor we knew. His character has developed so much, especially since the original Thor film. He’s a God with a human sense of humour! And we will all be waiting eagerly to see the part he plays in Avengers: Infinity War.”