Run time: 119 mins
The superhero powerhouse once again hits its stride with superb cast chemistry, Flash Gordon styling, and a monstrous villain for the ages.
We join Thor (Chris Hemsworth) in the midst of an existential crisis, having never fully moved on from his relationship with Jane Foster (Natalie Portman). The hammer-wielding Asgardian is moonlighting with the Guardians of the Galaxy. There’s a moment, after Thor has defeated a bunch of alien hell-owls on flying bikes (in a scene ripped out of the Heavy Metal comics), when he is congratulating himself on a job well done; and you wonder if a moment of satirical political commentary has snuck into the screenplay.
For the most part, however, this romp, which pits Thor against Christian Bale’s cadaverous God-slayer, is colourful nonsense – a film that brings nonchalance to its themes of love and sacrifice; that harvests internet memes (like screaming goats) in the service of easy laughs.
This goofy, yet big-hearted version of Thor, thundering and sensitive, may be just the diverting hero we need right now. Russell Crowe’s stint as Zeus, complete with wobbly Greek accent, is worth the price of admission alone