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There is one really hilarious scene, and it happens when Thor returns to Asgard and finds it's been turned into a tourist destination

There is one really hilarious scene, and it happens when Thor returns to Asgard and finds it's been turned into a tourist destination

Manila, July 5 — With the success of the previous Thor instalment, Ragnarok, Taika Waititi is back; as he directs and stars in “Love and Thunder” – which, technically, could be considered the 4th film of the 11-year-old franchise. If Ragnarok was highly praised for injecting dry humour and irreverent fun into the proceedings, then …

Manila Bulletin - Advertisement - Manila, July 5 — With the success of the previous Thor instalment, Ragnarok, Taika Waititi is back; as he directs and stars in “Love and Thunder” – which, technically, could be considered the 4th film of the 11-year-old franchise.LinkedIn KUALA LUMPUR: Marvel Studios’ latest offering of Thor: Love and Thunder will not be screened in Malaysia after weeks of uncertainty over whether it would be released in the country.A social media post from GSC — a cinema chain in the country — on Thursday (July 28) confirmed that Disney has decided to pull the film from a Malaysian release.0 Engagements LOS ANGELES - Thor: Love And Thunder star Chris Hemsworth showed off huge rippling muscles in the latest superhero movie, but his wife, actress-model Elsa Pataky, is not a fan of his bulked-up physique.

If Ragnarok was highly praised for injecting dry humour and irreverent fun into the proceedings, then one can safely assume that the Marvel (read, Kevin Feige) marching orders given to Taika would have been giving us more of the same, without repeating yourself.Simple enough to say in words, but not as easy to actually do.In a short announcement, GSC said:"Thor: Love and Takde (Malay for ‘no more’).As a result, I have to confess there is something of a schizoid quality to L&T; and while that’s not necessarily a bad thing, I will admit that it may divide a portion of the audiences that surely will flock to this latest from Marvel.This comes after the film was initially postponed indefinitely from its July 21 release date.For much of the film, what can be depended upon is that whenever Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is onscreen, you can be assured that the humour will flow, and generate an immediacy and familiarity that any crowd will willingly subscribe to.“Please be informed that Disney has updated that Marvel Studios’ Thor: Love and Thunder will not be released in Malaysia after all,” according to the social media post.His banter with the Guardians of the Galaxy, with Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), and with Korg (Taika himself) all possess this crowd-pleasing quality."It came from boredom, sitting in Covid lockdown was like a prison," said Hemsworth.

With Jane (Natalie Portman), Taika as a director is out to give us those ‘Awww’ moments, and turn the film into a grand, unconsummated love affair possibly reaching fruition – ready to bring out the hopeless romantic in any of us.” TGV cinemas also put up a social media post indicating that the movie will not be screened.It’s with the introduction of Gorr the God Butcher (portrayed by Christian Bale), that Taika pulls out his biggest trick, offering us a storyline filled with gravitas, psychological complexity, and a truly subtle, winning performance from Bale.It would have been easy to present Gorr as a cookie cutter super-villain, with his necro-sword the counterpart to Thor’s hammer and sword, and the trademark weapons of Valkyrie.The movie was released in most parts of the world from Jul 6.Instead, Taika gives us a Gorr with motive and purpose that we all can sympathize with and root for.Something quite different for a Marvel villain, to have so much texture and to elicit such ambivalence.However, film distributor The Walt Disney Company (M) Sdn Bhd said on Jul 1 that the release had been postponed to Jul 21, reported the New Straits Times."He's huge already, but when I saw his arms, they were twice as big as normal, as wide as my head.

I know there’ll be some half-hoping Gorr succeeds, especially when we watch some gods acting so entitled and oozing with arrogance.This is established with the film’s prologue as Gorr’s origin story allows us to appreciate that Taika is out to give us something quite different from his ‘more of Ragnarok vibes’ expectations.Days later, it was announced that the release was “postponed indefinitely”, forcing cinema operators which had sold tickets in advance for the movie to issue refunds.It does throw us off-balance at first, but that’s righted from the point where we have Korg narrating on the Thor saga ‘so far’, and giving us an update on what our Norse god has been up to since the last film, and Endgame.There is a one really hilarious scene, and it happens when Thor returns to Asgard and finds it’s been turned into a tourist destination, complete with rides, live theatre, and tours.It also alludes to same-sex relationships between some characters.It’s here where we get crazy, funny cameos from the likes of Matt Damon, Sam Neill, Luke Hemsworth, and Melissa McCarthy.

Russell Crowe has tremendous fun in his support role as a god, one that I’ll let you be surprised by, as it comes out of nowhere but is such a delight.This is the second time in a month that Disney decided to give the Malaysian market a miss for its new releases.So beyond this schizoid quality, there’s still much to enjoy with the Waititi touch, and I won’t be surprised if he’ll be getting a call back for the next Thor film.It’s a confident, assured touch on how to present this Norse superhero, and extend the use of Hemsworth’s gift for comedy.According to a report by the New Straits Times, Malaysia’s Film Censorship Board (LPF) said the movie distributor had refused to comply with certain conditions to allow the movie to be screened in the country.The first Thor films may have been a tad too serious and aspiring for Shakespearean-type elements – with the brothers in conflict, and the Daddy issues between Thor and Odin.There obviously was a need to lighten things up, and Taika did provide that.It was reported that the movie’s US$302 million takings during the opening weekend, made it the second best box office in 2022, behind another Marvel movie, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

Now, the issue will be whether he’s repeating himself and a new change of tone is required.So no spoilers here, just the assurance that Love & Thunder is an enjoyable, popcorn movie.If the light tone of Ragnarok will no longer be a novelty, rest assured that with Gorr, we have a supervillain worthy of the adjective.For any query with respect to this article or any other content requirement, please contact Editor at contentservices@htlive.comManila Bulletin - Advertisement -.

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