The latest TV spot for Thor: Ragnarok shows off some glowing reviews from critics – and Jeff Goldblum. Director Taika Waititi’s first foray into the Marvel Cinematic Universe is already a triumph, tracking to earn over $400 million worldwide by the end of this weekend and drawing some of the best reviews of any Marvel movie. Goldblum also makes his MCU debut as Grandmaster, the ruler of Sakaar who captures Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and forces him into battle against the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), displaying plenty of quirks and eccentricities along the way.
Although he may be just a bit biased, Goldblum has had nothing but good things to say about Ragnarok and working with Waititi to bring Grandmaster to life. Much of the movie’s improvised humor came straight from the mind of the iconic actor, who lent his charm to his own personal review of the movie.
Check out the newest Ragnarok TV spot in the above video to get Goldblum’s complete review. His assessment? “10 out of 10 Goldblums.” He first said that in an interview with EW, and to be specific he was actually saying that about Waititi and not the movie itself – but we’ll let that slide. The TV spot shows off some of the sense of humor that Goldblum brought to the set, including a fresh clip of Grandmaster taunting a shackled Thor as he struggles to use his powers (“I didn’t hear any thunder but out of your fingers … was that, like, sparkles?”).
Waititi said in an interview with MTV over the summer that he estimates about 80 percent of Ragnarok’s dialogue was improvised, including many of Goldblum’s scenes. The spot throws a lot of single-word reviews like “epic” and “brilliant” at you, which is quite common for promos like this but pretty genuine when it comes to this movie. It’s certified fresh at 93 percent on Rotten Tomatoes as of Friday.
Goldblum clearly had a lot of fun playing around with Grandmaster on the Ragnarok set, which was due in part to the creative freedom that Waititi gave him. The actor’s sense of comedic timing shines through in a scene where Thor and Loki (Tom Hiddleston) meet Grandmaster shortly after the hero’s capture. In a movie filled with hilarious performances, Goldblum is one of the clear highlights.
Waititi originally had Thor: Ragnarok cut at around 90 minutes, but expanded it to over two hours to include more jokes. It appears that the director’s big bet on the movie’s comedic elements is going to pay off tremendously, and Goldblum’s turn as Grandmaster is a big part of that.
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