James Gunn is one of the most acclaimed directors in the big screen comicbook universe of the MCU. And now, the man behind the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise has praised the newest MCU film, Thor: Ragnarok.
Unusually, for a major Hollywood figure, Gunn posted a very lengthy and detailed public review of Thor: Ragnarok, revealing exactly what he thought of new director Taika Waititi’s humorous theme as well as giving his unfiltered opinion about the movie’s characters.
Gunn’s review said:
“I loved it. I sat in the “director’s row” with the Jons (Favreau and Watts) and Captain Marvel’s Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, and Favreau and I laughed loudly, perhaps even inappropriately so, at nearly everything Jeff Goldblum did. In fact, I might say the Grandmaster is my new favourite character in the Marvel universe if it weren’t that Miek makes his debut in this film.”
Miek may not be a well-known character, but according to many early reviews, the insectoid alien steals each and every scene he is a part of.
James Gunn continued:
“I don’t think any film of the modern era has captured the batsh** crazy fun of 80’s classics like Flash Gordon and Buckaroo Banzai as well as Taika Waititi has here. I felt like I was fourteen watching a magical VHS tape that exploded into something grand. It’s the most colorful of all Marvel films – I mean, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 is practically sepia-tone in comparison – and it’s also the funniest.”
The director also praised the movie’s actors:
“I think Chris Hemsworth is finally able to go full-Thor and full-Hemsworth, charming and hilarious. Tessa Thompson is perfect as Valkyrie (my other new favorite character)… I told Mark Ruffalo on Friday night he was the greatest actor in the world, and he didn’t let me down. I didn’t think Hulk could get better that he was in the first Avengers, but I think he’s captured here as well or better than he’s ever been captured in film OR comics.”
It’s quite the review, especially coming from another of Marvel’s director. Guardians of the Galaxy has been praised highly in the past for its colour and humour, and for the director to willingly pass those titles on to another is quite the commendation. Read Gunn’s full review here.