Jewish director brings laughs, bright colors to ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ - Arts & Features

Jewish director brings laughs, bright colors to ‘Thor: Ragnarok’

Jeff Kronenfeld | Staff Writer | Posted: Wednesday, November 1, 2017 9:42 am

In “Thor: Ragnarok,” director Taika Waititi evolves the hammer-wielder’s franchise into a self-aware intergalactic comedy that provides big laughs in addition to a ton of CGI fights. As Thor himself explains in the opening, “Thor: Ragnarok” answers the question of where Asgard’s first son and Hulk were during the events of “Captain America: Civil War.”

From New Zealand, the son of an indigenous Maori father and a Russian-Jewish mother, Waititi brings the same playful charm to this film that he did to his 2014 vampire mockumentary, “What We Do in the Shadows.” For this film, Waititi also lends his voice and movements to a large CGI rock creature called Korg.

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