If there’s one takeaway viewers have had regarding Thor: Ragnarok ever since that first teaser hit, it’s that the film looked beyond funny. Once the reviews hit, it was clear that this was no misrepresentation of the film, that indeed yes, it was funny.
But apart from a strong, funny script, how was this achieved? How much of the film’s humor actually had to do with the script from Eric Pearson, and how much had to do with the director? Speaking with CinemaBlend, director Taika Waititi discussed how they got some of the golden takes they used in the final film.
“My job then was to go through and just do passes on the script, dialogue stuff and things like that. Then casting and the character work was all stuff that we developed on set as well. And then on top of that, because Chris [Hemsworth] and Mark [Ruffalo] and everyone wanted to keep it fresh, what we were doing, and it’s how I usually work – we would often do a version of the script, and then would put that aside and go, ‘Okay, now what’s the version where we say what these characters really want to say?’ So that’s where a lot of the humor came from.”
I have to say, this approach is genius. When watching films I can’t count the number of times where I think, “Are we just going to ignore the fact that x happened?” In this film, it sounds like the characters will be full-on acknowledging the more ridiculous aspects of the world and story, which is great. And when these moments are all improvised on set, it really makes for genuine moments.
“A lot of the times you see them smiling at each other or laughing, they’re actually laughing for real. Because they’re in the moment! I think that’s the stuff that really resonates. It’s a strange feeling for an audience seeing that, because you can tell it’s a human touch in there.”
Thor: Ragnarok hits theaters on November 3, 2017.
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