[UPDATED: God damn but that’s embarrassing. Lemme wash this egg off my face, and thanks to Constant Reader Zamoose for catching that. Still: Taika Waititi doing a Deadpool flick? That’d be awesome, right? – ML]
First off, though: Ryan Gosling and Taika Waititi, as GeekTyrant itself admits, probably had lunch together because it was Waititi’s birthday. Hey, happy birthday, Taika Waititi! Many happy returns.
Anyway, GeekTyrant would like this to be really about Deadpool being in the next Thor movie. Which… does not work for me, sorry. Wrong theme and style for what Waititi seems to be aiming at in his Thor flicks. I mean, sure, trippy and stuff, but Deadpool is later-day trippy and a good deal more violent than the Jack Kirby vibe Waititi’s going for.
On the other hand? I’d watch a Deadpool flick directed by Waititi. Because he’d go nuts with the source material, embrace the weird, maybe make Vanessa Dea… oh. Oh, my, yes, that would fix the major complication from the last Deadpool really, really nicely. And I’d double watch that movie, then.
That’s pretty much what that boils down to: Taika Waititi will direct the next Thor movie, but they’re going to have to push back Akira (which he is/was already supposed to direct) in exchange. Let me be honest: I fully expected that a live-action Akira would be horrible, although I didn’t realize that Waititi would be directing it. Another Thor movie with Waititi directing it will likely not be horrible, so this works out as being an net improvement.
Akirafans are, of course, free to disagree with me on this topic, and I will fully understand and not take offense.
According to [Director Taika Waititi], 80 percent of Thor: Ragnarok was improvised, or ad-libbed.
“My style of working is I’ll often be behind the camera, or right next to the camera yelling words at people, like, ‘Say this, say this! Say it this way!'” he said. “I’ll straight-up give Anthony Hopkins a line reading. I don’t care.”
Oh, the sticker shock of the movie in 3D was considerable – but what the heck, I got out of the house for a couple of hours. It’s one of those movies that takes full advantage of the fact that you probably know the basic details about the character already; the character arc probably would have been better suited for a television miniseries, but they got away with it.
It might even not suck, contra my earlier reaction. I’ve noticed this happening before: first trailer makes me think that the movie will suck, second or third trailer maybe convinces me otherwise, movie turns out fine. You’d think that they’d just do good trailers from the start and be done with it.