“Thor Ragnorak” Review

//BRENDAN O’KEEFFE//

Genre: Action

Director: Taika Waititi

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Tessa Thompson, Jeff Goldblum, and Mark Ruffalo

Release Date: Nov. 3, 2017

Runtime: 2 hours, 10 minutes

Rating: Rated PG-13

Plot Summary: In the aftermath of Avengers: Age of Ultron; Thor finds himself imprisoned and forced to battle The Incredible Hulk in a gladiatorial fight to the death.  The two must then team up to prevent Hela, the Asgardian goddess of death, from destroying Thor’s home world, a realm known as Asgard.

 

Thor Ragnarok flew into theatres on November 3rd and the feedback from critics and the audience has been mighty. As the third installment in the Thor cinematic series, it has some big shoes to fill just as any Marvel movie seems to have these days. It seems that the perception of the Thor movies being the least exciting Marvel Movies is widespread, but Ragnarok firmly challenges that notion.

 

Chris Hemsworth returns as Thor for the third installment in the Thor franchise. Thor’s character undergoes several changes not just in the physical sense but from a maturity standpoint. Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir, is destroyed by Hela which doesn’t just cause Thor to be bummed out, the viewer feels it too. The same applies to the fifth act of the film in which the protagonist loses his eye, symbolizing his similarities to his father, now deceased. Thor is given a wardrobe change and loses his long locks of hair after Stan Lee’s character gives him a haircut prior to his battle with Hulk in the arena.  

 

Other returning cast members include Tom Hiddleston as Loki and Mark Ruffalo as Hulk. Loki was thought to have died after the events in Thor: The Dark World but has been living in Asgard disguised as Odin this entire time. Loki consistently crosses everyone he allies with, but in the end, he works with Thor to help defeat Hela. The Incredible Hulk was absent during the events in Captain America: Civil War, so it was nice to finally see him in action again.  

 

First-time members of the supporting cast include Cate Blanchett as Hela, Jeff Goldblum as The Grandmaster, and Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie. Jeff Goldblum does exceptionally well as he breathes life into The Grandmaster’s personality. His aspect of delivery is as compelling as it is humorous.  

 

If one were to describe Thor Ragnarok in one word, “fun” would be quick to come to mind. This movie can be accessed by any moviegoer, something that could stunt the potential of a film’s quality in some instances, but in this regard, it simply makes Ragnarok even better. The inclusion of things such as Doctor Strange making an appearance and Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song” playing in the opening sequence and in the movie’s climax both catered to the dedicated audience behind the Marvel Cinematic Universe and pulled some new fans into the ___ too. Composer Mark Mothersbaugh (who composed Lego Movie, Devo, 21 Jump Street) provides a subtle yet appropriate score to this film which successfully blends the visual action with the powerful audio that Ragnarok presents to the audience.

 

If you have been following the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you have probably already seen this compelling movie. However, if you have been on the fence about viewing this movie you would be doing yourself a great favor by checking it out. Thor Ragnarok takes the cake as the best movie in the Thor trilogy. If you have not yet checked Marvel’s latest movie out, you’re missing out.  

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