The early word on Thor: Ragnarok is astoundingly good (and getting better). We’re just a couple weeks away from wide release and comments are ranging from “hilarious” to “fantastic” to “best of the Thor movies” — OK, that last quote is a bit of a backhanded compliment, but you get the idea. Director Taika Waititi encouraged his cast to improvise while imbuing the film with bright colors, giant monsters, and an epic villain — Cate Blanchett’s Hela — that many are ranking as Marvel’s best (after Loki, naturally).
So, what’s the secret sauce in Thor: Ragnarok? A female villain? a rebooted Thor? A cosmic adventure coupled with the ultimate tale from Norse mythology? A talking Hulk? Probably all of the above. We’re at the height of the MCU’s power, and yet Marvel is pushing a whole lotta chips to the center of the table… looks like their bet hit big.
Today we get an analysis from Guardians of the Galaxy mastermind James Gunn, via Facebook, who just saw Thor: Ragnarok and can’t wait to tell us about it:
“I loved it. I sat in the ‘director’s row’ with the Jons (Favreau and Watts) and Captain Marvel’s Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, and Favreau and I laughed loudly, perhaps even inappropriately so, at nearly everything Jeff Goldblum did. In fact, I might say the Grandmaster is my new favorite character in the Marvel universe.”
Word on Goldblum’s performance is very good, a showstopper and a scene-stealer that guy. But what really grabbed Gunn’s attention was the throwback feel to the movie:
“I don’t think any film of the modern era has captured the batshit crazy fun of 80’s classics like Flash Gordon and Buckaroo Banzai as well as Taika Waititi has here. I felt like I was fourteen watching a magical VHS tape that exploded into something grand. It’s the most colorful of all Marvel films — I mean, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is practically sepia-tone in comparison — and it’s also the funniest.”
That sense of absolute bananas is undeniably part of the appeal of this film. Gunn also takes note of other performances too:
“I think Chris Hemsworth is finally able to go full-Thor and full-Hemsworth, charming and hilarious. Tessa Thompson is perfect as Valkyrie (my other new favorite character), and Taika as Korg steals every scene he’s in. In casting that role, I think Taika was very lucky that Kronans have the same exact accent as New Zealanders.”
That’s right, if you haven’t heard, Waititi plays a cameo role of Korg, which you can see below (you’re welcome):
Gunn closes by reminding everyone that he’s neither a plant nor a shill, he’s James freaking Gunn and bows to no man, but would certainly appreciate a polite Facebook response:
“Please comment below, but leave out the ones where you accuse me of loving the movie because I have to love the movie because I work for Marvel. Because the simple truth is, I don’t have to do anything, and I haven’t loved all of the movies since I’ve been at Marvel. So there.”
Well played, sir. Well played indeed.
Were you on the fence about Thor: Ragnarok until James Gunn showed you the high sign? Let us know in the comments down below!
Thor: Ragnarok hits theaters on November 3, 2017.
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