After a darker start, Taika Waititi had brilliantly renewed the tone of the adventures of the God of Thunder in “Ragnarok”, now played with a form of playfulness by Chris Hemsworth.
Thor travels the planets with the Guardians of the Galaxy, in order to protect the widow and the orphan from the threats that hover. When Lady Sif calls him for help, he discovers the existence of the mysterious Gorr, nicknamed the Butcher of the Gods because he has made it his mission to eradicate them all. Bruised by the death of his little girl when he called on his god for help, he found a way to get rid of these supposedly immortal beings thanks to the Necroblade which allowed him to acquire extraordinary strength. His next target: New Asgard, a small fishing island on Earth where the survivors of Thor’s birthplace live. Assisted by Korg, the nice muscular stone-shaped and the brave Valkyrie, new Queen of the Asgardians, but also by two giant goats, he sets off in pursuit of the cruel slaughterer. He is also accompanied by his ex Jane Foster, who has become a female version of himself since she restored her magic hammer Mjolnir…
A welcome mockery
Taika Waititi added a welcome derision despite the onslaught of violence struck by the sinister Gorr, played by Christian Bale who takes his score very seriously. It gives a solemnity to this bereaved father, betrayed by the god to whom he had devoted himself with loyalty. If he had had a longer presence, his impact would have been all the more significant. Leaving with losses and a crash after the second part because disappointed to be only a stooge, Natalie Portman returns in the guise of the great love of the God of Thunder with many more nuances. While suffering from advanced stage cancer that threatens to kill her at any moment, she transforms into a “Thunder Goddess” but this new gift does not protect her from this threat of death in the very short term. . She is also very comfortable in comedy, with biting retorts in the direction of the one who made her unhappy or when she persists in looking for a cool battle cry.
An irreverent sensibility
Russell Crowe surprises in Zeus portrayed as a lazy but deeply mean-spirited and angry ogre, representing very well the emptiness of Gods obsessed with their personal pleasure, as at least partial vindication of Gorr’s reaction. However, it lacks higher stakes in this energetic entertainment to be satisfying at the dramatic level. The irreverent sensitivity of Taika Waititi is not enough to take this Marvel production out of the usual tropisms of the struggle between good and evil, sprinkled with jokes that sometimes attenuate its scope. There remains a real sense of showmanship and a humanist empathy for a villain who for once cannot be described as operetta.
Adventures of Taika Waititi, with Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Christian Bale, Tessa Thompson, Chris Pratt and Russell Crowe.