Episode 130

Thor: Ragnarok (ft Sam from Movie Reviews in 20 Q's)

What were you the God of again?

Joining me on this special bumper conclusion to Chris-mas 2021, is the awesome Sam from Movie Reviews in 20 Q's. He's an all-round legend, and a well-known Marvel nerd, and I simply had to have him for this episode on Thor: Ragnarok.

After two previous Thor movies, Marvel decided to hire Kiwi Taika Waititi, impressed with his show reel consisting of Big Trouble in Little China and Immigrant Song by Led Zeppelin. Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston would return, along with Mark Ruffalo's Bruce Banner/Hulk and a slew of famous faces, including Cate Blanchett, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban and Jeff Goldblum.

But the soft reboot Thor: Ragnarok, for all its '80s synth Mark Mothersbaugh score, vibrant colour scheme, physical comedy and crackling script, deftly masquerades a dark look at Odin's past as a malevolent king, grooming a child to follow his rule and abandoning her when she turns out to be more powerful than him. This is a movie about colonialism, the whitewashing of history and dysfunctional families, and mostly asks the question; was the true bad guy Odin all along?

Leaning into Chris Hemsworth's comic timing and natural wit was a stroke of genius, and rejuvenates the character and the series, and finally seems to be showing the God of Thunder's true on-screen potential.

Now, kneel before your Queen!

Joining me to discuss Thor: Ragnarok is Sam Hurley, host of the podcast Movie Reviews in 20 Q's and author of Compliance. He's an amazing podcaster, nerd and all-round good guy and I'm delighted that he not only joined me for this episode, but he will be returning in 2022 for Thor: Love and Thunder! You can follow him at @MovieReviewsIn on Twitter, where you'll find top quality podcasting!

I would love to hear your thoughts on Thor: Ragnarok!

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Verbal Diorama
The podcast on the history and legacy of movies you know, and movies you don't.

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Hi! I'm Em. I created Verbal Diorama in 2018, and launched the podcast in February 2019 to rapturous applause and acclaim.... from my cat Jess.

The modus operandi of Verbal Diorama is simple: movies are tough to make! The coming together of a team of people from all walks of life to make something to entertain, delight and educate us for 90+ mins is not an easy task, and yet so many succeed at it. That must be something to celebrate.

I'm here to do just that - to celebrate movies. Their history and legacy, and why they remain so special to so many of us.

I mostly host solo, but often you'll hear my cat Jess in the background (she's 17 years old, and very loud!).

I love podcasts and listen to many, but never my own.

I unashamedly love The Mummy (1999) and Grease 2. I'm still looking for a cool rider.