Free For All Friday is a day where we can discuss any topic. Today, I want to talk about a movie, a very special movie that I enjoyed thoroughly. I am, of course, talking about Thor: Ragnarok.
There will be SPOILERS in this post. You have been warned.
For the first time, in a long time, I saw a movie at the cinemas more than once. If I’m being truthful, I saw Thor: Ragnarok three times and I enjoyed it every single time.
I can’t explain what it was. Maybe it was because it was so funny, or maybe because I have a deep love for Loki, because who doesn’t? But this movie is different from the other Thor movies. It adds a comedic element, while still having a serious motivation behind it. For some people, that was lost on them and I feel sad for them, but I can also see why they may not have liked it. To be honest, I think you need a certain humour to like it.
For Australians and New Zealanders, it might have been a little easier, because there were many Aussie and Kiwi jokes that some international viewers may not have understood. Who here got the “Tell her she’s dreaming” joke? I haven’t laughed that hard at a joke in a very long time. Again, maybe it was because The Castle is an all time favourite movie. Probably my most favourite Australian movie.
Then you have the Australian and Kiwi actors. Chris Hemsworth, who (of course) has been there from the start. Karl Urban, Cate Blanchett, Sam Neill, Luke Hemsworth, Stephen Oliver (who is an amazing Australian Aboriginal comedian). I could go on and on. Then there are the amazing non-Aussie or Kiwi actors, who did an awesome job as well.
Now, the serious part of the film. Actually, there were quite a few serious scenes. And again, some people thought the comedy ruined the seriousness, but I think it only made it stronger. For example, the sibling relationship between Thor and Loki. For the first time, we see Thor caught on to Loki’s tricks. We no longer see the dumb sibling who wants to believe his brother is good. Oh don’t get me wrong, he still hopes to see Loki on his side one day, but he’s not stupid enough to trust Loki again, at least not yet. In these scenes between the brothers, we see resolution and understanding. We see Thor accept who Loki is, even if he doesn’t particularly like it. We see them discuss their relationship and we learn more about their past through stories. It’s perfect. So perfect.
Now I’m going to be honest, Loki and Thor’s dynamic was my favourite part of the movie. It’s so beautifully done and Hemsworth and Hiddleston pull it off so effortlessly. And I want to see more of this, of this new view on their relationship. What about you?
I want to know what you think. Did you like Thor: Ragnarok? Were there parts you didn’t like? What did you think about the comedic element?
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