Movie Diary 10/26/2017

Thor Ragnarok (Taika Waititi, 2017). The Marvel movies take a definitive turn toward out-and-out comedy, and it feels so right; this is a superhero movie like Help! is a spy picture. Waititi’s comic timing (not least in his own vocal performance as a gladiator made of blue rocks) is front-of-stage from the very first scene, to the point where I actually wanted the thing to be a little less jokey at times. Chris Hemsworth’s best asset has always been his humor, so the match is a good one, and if the movie overall is insubtantial, it’s still a relief from comic-book films that are supposed to be oh-so-dark. (full review 11/1)

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