It’s safe to say that filmmaker Taika Waititi is synonymous with ‘creativity,’ especially after how he managed to hit the ball out of the park with his very first major studio film, Thor: Ragnarok. Naturally, fans were thrilled to learn that Taika Waititi would be joining the team for a second time for Thor: Love and Thunder. Where his creative genius would take the fourth instalment of the Thor series was a question on every fan’s mind. However, with just a 64% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, compared to Thor: Ragnarok’s 93%, Taika Waititi failed to hit the mark.
In a 2020 interview, Taika Waititi is seen talking about creativity and how he formed a relationship with filmmaking without ever attending film school. He advises filmmakers to never “get too comfortable” as according to him, “creative inspiration comes from not sitting in seats that are too comfortable.” Taika Waititi explains how he gets inspiration from the lives of people around him, giving an example of a funeral sermon he incorporated into his movie, Hunt for the Wilderpeople.
Criticism Taika Waititi Faced for Thor: Love and Thunder
In the interview, Taika Waititi talks about failure and how art, most of the time, will be terrible. According to him, learning from failure is important as a filmmaker as the audience has all the right to judge your work and you simply cannot get away by saying they didn’t “get it.”
“90% of all movies are terrible, and if you take that ratio into account, it allows you to relax and you don’t have to worry about making something good all the time.”
His words came back to him as Thor: Love and Thunder failed to impress. The movie, no doubt, was highly anticipated, especially since Taika Waititi was returning as director. Unfortunately, it failed to live up to the high reputation of the Thor series, receiving mixed reactions from fans. While some were satisfied with the film, most fans called out Taika Waititi for making a movie that looks a little too much like a parody.
Taika Waititi’s Success With Thor: Ragnarok
Thor: Ragnarok was released in 2017 and made headlines for achieving over $800 million at the box office. The movie still reigns as one of the top fan favorites in the MCU. Taika Waititi was immensely praised for his work as he unraveled the story of Asgard through dialogues, characters, and a great soundtrack. Critics say that Taika Waititi “saved” the Thor franchise by giving it his unique touch. Thor: Ragnarok was certainly the movie that bought recognition to the filmmaker, especially given the fact that this was his first major film. Fans can only wait to see what the future of the Thor series looks like, and if Taika Waititi will return as Director for the third time.