Thor has had interesting circumstances in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The original Thor movie was solid and introduced the character into the MCU. After the introduction came The Avengers, throwing the entire crew (Iron Man, Captain America, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow, Hawkeye and Nick Fury) together. It was a great start for Thor up until Thor: The Dark World released. Among problems with The Dark World’s script and storyline, now, there are reports (/Film) that Hela (Cate Blanchett’s character) was going to be the original villain of the movie. In a way, I’m kind of glad that she didn’t appear in the movie, because the way Thor: Ragnarok is put together, it IS the best Thor movie and I might put it in the top 3 Marvel movies altogether.
In Norse mythology, Ragnarok is defined as the final destruction of the world in the conflict between the Aesir and the powers of Hel led by Loki — called also Twilight of the Gods.
Let’s start with the good of Thor: Ragnarok:
Chris Hemsworth takes his role as Thor up a notch, especially with all the comedy written into the script. Tom Hiddleston’s Loki basically is Loki, especially when Hulk is in the vicinity or even just mentioned. Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk just fits, especially the Bruce Banner side of things. The Hulk has the capability of speaking as a giant 6-year old thing makes things funny, especially when he doesn’t get his way! Idris Elba as Heimdall actually gets some more screen time, which should have always been the case in Thor movies.
Newcomers Tessa Thompson (Valkyrie), Cate Blanchett (Hela) and Jeff Goldblum’s Grandmaster are great in their own rights. Valkyrie has a savage side to her, which is shown the majority of the time she is on the screen. Hela is downright vicious in the way she conducts herself and takes out anything and anyone in her way! The Grandmaster is the one that pieces this movie together, when everyone makes a stop in his world Sakaar. Another character that makes a brief appearance at the beginning and at the end of the movie is Surtur, a fire demon. Benedict Cumberbatch makes a brief appearance as Doctor Strange, with the yellow gloves from the comic books.
There’s also something that could be considered an EASTER EGG, near the beginning of the movie, there’s a play put on by Odin in honor of Loki (it’s actually Loki pretending to be Odin). The actors that are playing Loki, Thor and Odin look rather familiar… Speaking of EASTER EGGS, without giving too much away, make sure you pay attention to the outside of the Grandmaster’s Tower!
The colors and the visual effects on Ragnarok are absolutely top notch! Everything looks bright and vivid. I also like the fact that Thor has learned that his power comes from his people. Again, if it’s intended to touch on the political climate of today or not, we’ll never know, but the power of anyone does indeed come from the people!
Now to the bad:
It’s not REALLY bad, but we’ve seen Odin being killed or at least the vision of it happening due to Loki, at least once before. So when it comes up this time in Ragnarok, it feels sort of underwhelming. The fight at the beginning of the movie between Thor and Hela is sort of short. I know it leads the characters where they need to go, but it feels interrupted. The movie is GREAT, but it does lack a bit of weight.
All in all, I’d give Thor: Ragnarok a 4.5 out of 5 and slide it into my top 5 movies of this year. Somewhere in the mix with: Baby Driver, War For The Planet Of The Apes, Atomic Blonde and Dunkirk.
Idris Elba, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Hemsworth, Cate Blacnhett, Jaimie Alexander, Anthony Hopkins, Karl Urban, Stan Lee, Tessa Thompson, Mark Ruffalo, Jeff Goldblum, Taika Waititi, Sam Neill, Ray Stevenson
Imprisoned on the other side of the universe, the mighty Thor (Chris Hemsworth) finds himself in a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), his former ally and fellow Avenger. Thor’s quest for survival leads him in a race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela (Cate Blanchett) from destroying his home world and the Asgardian civilization.
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