Anything’s Possible: Taika’s Thorsome Adventure
Waititi himself voices Korg, a knucklehead made of rocks who is an ally to Thor. According to the director, Korg talks like a Polynesian bouncer from Karangahape Road in Auckland. How this will be received by U.S. audiences is anyone’s guess but I hope they find it as quirkily funny as I did. Waititi, (a Maori from the Te Whanau-a-Apanui tribe) is the first indigenous person ever to direct a superhero mega-blockbuster. Korg is a kind of litmus test for how Waititi’s whole directorial approach will go down with viewers: will the antipodean auteur’s whimsical but incisive voice translate for international audiences?
While lurching from one Kirby-inspired action sequence to the next, the story touches upon themes of slavery and captivity, memory and loss, loyalty and deception, and the meaning of “home”. Even if the gags sometimes destabilise dramatic or emotive moments, it’s pure of heart and absolutely bonkers. This ridiculous and adorable $180M experiment is peppered with cheeky cameos (Clancy Brown‘s voice? Sam Neill? Matt someone?) and awesome ‘Easter Eggs’ – including a deadly spacecraft that resembles the Aboriginal Flag.