Another month, another superhero movie! This time round we had the third instalment of everyone’s favourite Norse God.
There have been some very strong contenders in the comic book category this year, and to be honest this was one of my most anticipated – especially when I found out it was going to lean more towards the comedy side of things.
From the opening scene of the movie, the tone is set and the laughs are plenty.
I’ve actually seen a fair few people write that the jokes seemed forced and awkward, but for me that’s as far from the truth as it could be. I didn’t go 5 minutes without giggling out loud and not one joke or witty line sounded out of place.
We had an abundance of new faces to get acquainted with, including the hilarious Korg, the wickedly stunning Hela and Jeff Goldblum being Jeff Goldblum …
Cate Blanchett really is a talented actress, she gives her all into every single performance she’s ever done (including Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, fuck the haters!) not only does she visually look beautiful, she portrays the menacing villain wonderfully whilst still managing to keep up with the movie’s funny side.
Loki is back too, and it has to be said that he’s definitely one of the more complex and likeable (yet detestable) characters for me but as Thor says to him in the movie he’s ‘becoming predictable’.
Whilst we’re on the topic of performances; Anthony Hopkins smashes it as always and there are some unbelievably amazing cameos but there is a negative for me, and it comes in the form of Tessa Thompson.
I’ll be honest, I’d only ever seen her in Westworld and I liked her in that, so was hoping that would follow through into this film – however she seemed to lack very little depth. Valkyrie is an alcoholic hard ass, but Thompson didn’t seem to portray that very well and on reflection it felt a little sloppy.
She had the look for the role, she was pretty yet tough, but the character itself didn’t seem to fit in with all the other hot shots and although we were given some back story she seemed to reflect very little emotion or substance.
That being said, she wasn’t too bad that it distracted me away from the other top notch performances and it may just be that she was a little outshone.
The fight scenes were full of fun and colour and the soundtrack was perfect.
‘The Immigrant Song’ by Led Zepplin is riddled with Norse mythology references, and although it was used in the trailer, it was great to see it make it’s way into the final production as well.
The story didn’t try to do too many things at once – it stuck with a simple ‘save the people’ plot that allowed room to add in all the extra razzle dazzle that made this stand out from the rest.
All in all this movie is everything I hoped it would be and so far it takes the number 3 spot in my ‘2017 superhero movie’ list but it just didn’t wow me in the ways Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and Logan did.
7/10(a high 7 at that) – Entertainment at it’s finest.