'Thor: Ragnarok' Will Be Short But Sweet According to Taika Waititi

Tuesday, 25 July 2017 - 7:52PM
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Thor: Ragnarok
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 - 7:52PM
'Thor: Ragnarok' Will Be Short But Sweet According to Taika Waititi
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Leave 'em wanting more, says director Taika Waititi. It's smart advice for making a big movie - a brisk hour and a half of good, solid action and comedy is going to be a lot more memorable than two hours of padded drudgery.

Speaking at Comic-Con this weekend (and clearly buzzed from having just appeared on stage in Hall H for the Ragnarok panel), Waititi explained that his focus in Thor: Ragarok is making sure it's a tight experience - which means cutting scenes that simply won't quite work in the story. Not that any Marvel movie is really a slog, but it is easy to see why the Ragnarok director is eager not to overstay his welcome by making a shorter film.

Speaking to Collider, Waititi said:

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"The cut right now, I reckon it's about 100 minutes. It's not gonna be a very, very long film. I think that stories are better when you leave them wanting more, and this film moves at a clip, it's got stuff happening all the time. I think people are still gonna feel exhausted by the end, they've been on this big journey and stuff, so I don't think we need the film to be three hours.

There will be a lot of deleted scenes. Great scenes. Funny, funny moments that - you can't have it all. As I say you gotta kill those puppies, so we had to take some of those things out. Those scenes will exist so people will be able to see them."
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While it's worth noting that the film hasn't seen its final cut just yet, Waititi's comments about brevity are particularly interesting considering the news from Joe Russo that Infinity War is probably going to be the longest movie in the MCU thus far. Two sets of directors within Marvel are clearly going in very different directions here, despite the fact that both of their movies tackle the universal subject matter of superheroes fighting in space.

Perhaps this is to be expected - while Thor: Ragnarok is dealing with just a few heroes (and Loki), Infinity War has an awful lot more to jam in. Still, if Age of Ultron has taught Marvel anything, it's that more characters don't necessarily make a more memorable film, and similarly, it can be expected that a longer movie might not stick with people quite as well as a short film that can justify every second of its run time. It can be assumed that, while it's designed to set up Infinity War, Ragnarok might not feature quite as much pointless sequel teasing as the second Avengers movie.



Besides, Taika Waititi is, ultimately, a director with a sharp, focused vision. Films like What We Do in the Shadows don't waste a lot of time with unnecessary scenes, and it can be expected that this economy of storytelling will carry forward into the next movie from the director.

This should ideally, as Waititi is hoping, leave us wanting more. Fans would already desperately love to see more of Team Thor, the pair of animated shorts that prove just how brief Waititi's work can be in the right settings. It doesn't take much to get us hooked, and a speedy Ragnarok will no doubt have fans calling out for more work from the same director. If this movie turns out to be as good as it looks both on paper and in trailers, it might be the ticket to catapulting Waititi into directorial super stardom.

We can only hope - if Hollywood keeps giving this man an unlimited budget to make quirky action movies, it can only be a good thing.

Thor: Ragarok hits theaters November 3, 2017.
 
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