I remember the moment it was announced, Taika Waititi would be directing the third Thor movie. I was freaking out, I couldn’t believe it. I’ve been a huge fan of Mr. Waititi since the Flight of The Conchords and Eagle vs Shark days so, full disclaimer, this review might be a little biased because of that. I also have to admit that I was also a bit concerned that his particular brand of humor would not translate well to mainstream audiences.
Marvel took a big chance on Waititi because he makes a very different kind of film that what the Marvel brand had allowed in the past and it paid off big time. Yes, Marvel films have a reputation for jokes and one liners but this transition to full blown comedy feels like a welcome change. Also, big props to Kevin Feige for allowing directors to inject their own style to a machine that has been running quite well over the past 9 years.
There might be some blow-back for turning the Norse god into a zany punch line delivering character though. His interactions with the now talking Hulk make for some of the best scenes in the film. Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie is, in my opinion, the best Marvel female character to date. Waititi also cracked the so-called “villain problem” of Marvel films with Cate Blanchett’s Hela being a more than formidable foe to the “Revengers”. Waititi also injected a lot of life into the film with his voice acting, Korg had some of the best lines in the movie.
The film is also a triumph visually and Mark Mothersbaugh score is truly special. Going into spoiler territory here so look away if you haven’t seen it. Waititi also made some major changes to the MCU in general with the God of Thunder actually losing an eye and Asgard being completely destroyed (they evacuated everybody out the planet).
Yes, Thor Ragnarok is the funniest movie of the MCU so far and you’ve probably already read that a million times but it’s also one of the best. Quality and fun are not mutually exclusive.