The most obvious thing about Thor: Ragnarok – the newest chapter in Marvel’s ever-burgeoning cinematic universe, and the third standalone movie with the Asgardian lord god of thunder in the lead – is that it's a ridiculously self-aware film that refuses to take itself too seriously. That’s plain from its very first moments – with a caged Thor (Chris Hemsworth) talking to an imaginary friend in a skeleton – to its very last scene, which involve Jeff Goldblum’s megalomaniac Grandmaster being unwilling to wrap his head around the new status quo. Stuffed between that is a two-hour 10-minute wild, colourful, and funny roller-coaster ride put together by Taika Waititi, the 42-year-old Kiwi director who burst onto the scene with the 2014 horror mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows , and followed it up with the 2016 adventure-comedy Hunt for the Wilderpeople , which delivered a poignant message in an effective and charming fashion. Ragnarok – out November 3 worldwide – may not have the same emotional chops, but it’s such a giddy, winning, and smartly constructed film that it’s hard to not let it just wash over you. It’s the perfect kind of escapist entertainment, one which treats its… Read full this story
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