It’s been the case for some time that the big screen is losing out to the small. Mind you, the small screen isn’t so small these days. Many of us have sizeable bits of kit bolted to our walls which deliver a mighty home cinema experience. But something happened for me with Thor: Ragnarok that throws up a whole other question concerning a night at the flicks.

I spent an enjoyable couple of hours watching Taika Waititi‘s offbeat Marvel entry at the local multiplex. While I may not have been blown away by it, I found it much more my cup of tea than the usual Marvel product. The Eighties vibe worked a treat, though sat oddly alongside the Tolkien-esque peaks of Asgard. All in all however, you’d be hard-pushed not to be taken along for the laugh-a-minute ride.

The day after I was on YouTube, where the trailer for Ragnarok is more visible than Chris Hemsworth‘s pec sweat. Realizing I hadn’t actually seen it, I clicked on the link. As someone who’s ever so slightly nuts about film – though not enough to watch the trailer for Thor in the first place it seems – I was interested to see how the movie was pitched.

Now when I saw it on the big screen I was impressed. Yet when I saw it on my relatively tiny screen at home I experienced the whole “blown away” type deal I’d missed at the cinema. This was a total surprise to me. Despite being fifty times smaller the movie looked better. And I don’t mean that the trailer was better the movie. I mean the picture quality was significantly improved.

An optimum digital presentation really showed Waititi’s colourful CGI landscapes at their best. Even the big stunts packed more of a punch on my puny 24″ screen. One of my first reactions was I’d like to see it again this way. The multiplex screen showed an enormous version but one that appeared practically washed-out by comparison. How strange that a major film release would be more exciting viewed on a TV!

It makes sense things would be like this: Ragnarok has been put together in an edit suite on a monitor probably not much bigger than my screen at home. Having said that, with so much of the marketplace occupied by computer-driven spectacle, the line between a movie at home and one you need to attend is becoming increasingly blurred.

I for one find it sad that a multi-million dollar epic won’t find its best reactions in the dark arena of the movie theatre.


Thor: Ragnarok is on general release.

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