Thor and Loki get to meet Grandmaster in a hilarious new clip from Thor: Ragnarok. The Taika Waititi-directed sequel takes the franchise in new directions, especially in terms of its sense of humor, and the early reactions indicate that the new film succeeds mightily in that regard. Jeff Goldblum’s appearance as Grandmaster, the ruler of Sakaar who organizes the much-hyped Thor vs. Hulk gladiatorial battle, has become one of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s more hotly anticipated debuts.
Goldblum as Grandmaster certainly came with some striking changes – particularly in that he isn’t a blue-skinned alien – but also to his performance. Waititi deliberately chose to have him improvise many of his lines and find his own persona rather than try to be too “comic-y or grandiloquent.” In a newly released video, the iconic actor’s distinctive quirkiness shines through in hysterical fashion.
You can check out the fresh Ragnarok clip above. Grandmaster speaks to Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and a restrained Thor (Chris Hemsworth), pre-haircut, about potentially fighting his “champion” in his arena. The clip showcases both Goldblum’s unmistakable eccentricities as an actor and Waititi’s knack for comedic timing, from the snappy rhythm of the dialogue to the awkward silence. Even Hemsworth shows his funny side with his perturbed reactions to Grandmaster’s odd behavior.
Goldblum was allowed to improvise and give Waititi many different takes to choose from for his performance, but that doesn’t mean that he didn’t take the role seriously. He remarked shortly after being cast about how much he identified with Grandmaster and also shared photos of himself doing “research” by poring over some Thor comics. The actor ultimately gave Waititi “10 Goldblums out of a possible 10 Goldblums” for his work in helping him bring the character to life.
Plenty of earlier previews gave a taste of the epic action and visuals that will appear in the sequel, particularly on Sakaar and in the Grandmaster’s arena. This clip, however, puts the film’s sense of humor on full display. It’s an amusing tease of what to expect from Ragnarok, which is being described by some as the funniest MCU yet.
Beyond the hilarity that Waititi’s film is promising, critics have mostly described Thor: Ragnarok as simply a fun experience at the movies. It’s a clear departure from the more serious tone of the first two Thor installments, and while this new Grandmaster clip may not change anyone’s mind about how they feel about the film’s new humorous direction, it will surely excite those who are happy about it.
Source: Comic Book
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