2017. Directed by Taika Waititi.
By Brian Wallinger
To be completely honest, I have become absolutely bored to death with the superhero genre. It is nothing against all those involved behind the scenes or the actors/actresses who perform in them. I feel as though these films are simple cash cows that are repetitive and easy to make, movies that are CGI heavy, loud, clumsy, and repetitive. It's possible that films such as these are in part responsible for why movies such as Blade Runner 2049 failed by creating a disconnect between cerebral films and audience expectations.
However with that said, occasionally something comes along and proves me wrong. For instance: Logan, Guardians Of The Galaxy, Watchmen, and Wonder Woman. I'm not a fan of Thor in a character driven sense. I much prefer someone like The Punisher or even Daredevil. Yet, even after explaining how I feel, there's no denying that the third entry in the Thor series is by far the strongest and most definitive entry in the trilogy.
Taking place after the second Avengers film we find Thor (once again played by Chris Hemsworth) on a quest to prevent the destruction of his home world of Asgard. Mixed with an even balance of self deprecating humor and some impressive CGI action choreography, Thor: Ragnarok operates as a film that cuts loose from the typical melodrama and lets it all "rock out", for lack of a better term.
Cate Blanchett plays an evil queen with such style and ease that she once again proves why she will always be a forceful presence within the industry. Jeff Goldblum also makes an appearance as another villain with a memorable and hilarious performance. Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner and Tom Hiddleston as Loki both bring expected, but humorous touches to the proceedings.
With a stellar screenplay, written by Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost, and ground breaking directing by the Taika Waititi, Thor: Ragnarok is one of the more compelling entries into the genre, as well as the Marvel Cinematic Universe.