Can Taika Waititi please direct every Marvel/DC film? Then I might be tempted to watch them. Not my favourite genre, New Zealand director Waititi (Hunt for the Wilderpeople, What We Do in the Shadows, Boy) for the most part refuses to take his job too seriously and peppers the script with largely improvised and genuinely funny dialogue.
This is the third Thor movie and proves my assertion that non-US directors do better at sequels. The plot is not really important. Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is captured by kick-ass Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) and made to fight as a gladiator by the Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum). Meanwhile his brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) is up to no good but it is made to look like a Boy Scout by the return of their long-banished sister Hela (Cate Blanchett), the Goddess of Death. With a moniker like that you know she’s not one to be trifled with.
Hemsworth proves he is a natural comic and is at his best in scenes with fellow gladiator Korg (Waititi). Korg’s broad Kiwi accent makes everything funnier and Waititi is a master at comic timing. There are silly jokes, rude jokes, in jokes, references to other movies, surprise cameos and a general understanding that you shouldn’t take this kind of film too seriously.
It is Hollywood though so the film is liberally sprinkled with overlong action scenes, over the top CGI, franchise cross-promotion and self important posturing. Cate Blanchett draws the short straw as the villain and is only occasionally allowed to be funny.
All is forgiven though whenever Korg, Thor or Valkyrie are on screen. Now that’s a superhero trio I’d pay to go and see.
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