*Thor: Ragnarok* a brief review, no real spoilers

They have licensed another Led Zeppelin song, there is a new Morgan Freeman figure, and befitting the director the film is drenched in Maori design and themes and to some extent Maori humor.

“Being Maori,” Waititi [the director] said, “it’s extremely important to me to have native presence on any film. (link here)

Korg had a Maori accent, not surprisingly because the director himself played Korg; he is also Jewish from the maternal side.  You can spot indigenous Australian and Maori actors throughout the movie.  The spaceships are named after classic Australian Holden car brands.  Democracy is not on the agenda, however, and the warrior ethic is more South Pacific than Nordic.  Don’t get me started on the Ponaturi, Maori goblins of a sort.  I’d love to hear an expert on East Bay legends analyze this story.

One of the most fun and interesting movies of the year, although the mainstream American reviews seem oblivious to these broader connections.  Sadly, I didn’t have the knowledge to pick up on all the Marvel Easter Eggs.


"also Jewish from the maternal side. "

What percentage of exotic minorities in the entertainment industry are Jewish on one side?

I always thought Oliver Stone had a good background for a movie director: French and American Jewish.

Does Maori actor Cliff Curtis finally get to play a Maori instead of an Arab or a Latin American?

Hunt for the Wilderpeople was superb. Inspired choice of director by someone in Hollywood. Who makes these choices (honest question)?

For a while the Marvel brain trust (choosing directors) was Kevin Feige and Ike Perlmutter, but Feige has consolidated control of the movie side of the business, and Perlmutter has moved primarily TV. I believe this power shift happened slightly after the release of Avengers 2: Age of Ultron & Ant-Man.

None of these "connections" make up for a stupid comic book movie. The only reason you "reviewed" this movie was because you think highlighting this lame Maori trivia will make you appear worldly. It doesn't. It makes you look like a dork and a poseur.

Mike, stop being such a long white cloudy face.

Have you ever considered that maybe you are the dork and the poseur?

I bet Mike's blog is awesome.

Mike town, population....Mike.

We shouldn't be too hard on Mike. We don't know what he's been through. Maybe a cave weta kicked his face and put him in hospital or parrots ate his car tyres.

Not bad, but they should have left "Ragnarok" out of the title and just called it "Thor Visits Planet Hulk" or something.

A nice, jokey, lightweight movie that's not at all Wagnerian.

Steve, the link in your username returns a page with no posts on it for me unless I change the capital 'S' to a small 's'. I think it's the server's fault since it happens both in Chrome and Firefox.


Does that work?

It does, glad I could help!

I agree that going all in on Planet Hulk would have been more satisfying. Ragnarok is just a ticked off point in the Marvel gigantic crossover mania. Hela was kind of wasted. Valkerie was great. Loki should be the star, he's the most interesting. Stan as Thor's barber FTW.

I visited the relief in the picture, on board a yacht flying the pirate flag. The captain was a pretty cool lady.

It was carved by two, I think, Maori brothers. They started with manual tools in the beginning, realized it was going to take forever and a day, and switched to power tools thereafter, and managed to finish it two years later. They tried to be as traditional as possible, but they did include easter eggs to Maori mythos itself throughout the carving.

Thanks for bringing up a forgotten memory!

Also, if anyone has money to burn, shorting Disney seems like a safe bet (but get out of the bet the minute you start to make a profit). They're about to burn the Star Wars franchise into the ground, and the super hero phase of movies is also becoming too formulaic and oversaturated. The print comics division of Marvel is a shambles. Not sure what major franchises they have left to ruin - ESPN?

"Not sure what major franchises they have left to ruin – ESPN?"
I thought they had already ruined it. Some Americans can't stop talking about it.

"The print comics division of Marvel is a shambles."
Let's be realistic here. Kids don't want to read comic books and cartoons anymore.There won't be new Peanuts, Doonesburies, Hagars, Batmen, Mandrakes. There will not be a new WWII or a new Trente Glorieuses time. Just one word. Movies. They are the future of Marvel, DC and Disney. When I was young Disney comic books were omnipresent. Grade schools were named after their charcters. They helped to fund Brazil's biggest magazine publisher. Now, only old people trying to remember their youth read them.

"The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it."

We need a Polish director to make a movie about American slavery, except all the slaves are white and the movie is a commentary on the Judeocommunism and Russian occupation.

I was surprised talking to some young adults who had seen some of the Director's other movies and of course all the Marvel movies. Apparently there are a lot of NZ and Australia insider jokes. Not just Marvel insider jokes.

A lot of the film was shot in Australia and there is a Youtube mockumentary about Thor in Australia and his roommate Daryll.

Well, I'll say this. I was awake at the end, but I won't vouch for the rest of the movie. But at least I was able to stop by Trader Joe's on the way home.

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