Thor: Ragnarok Review (Spoilers Ahead)
The third installment of Marvel’s Thor franchise catches us up on what Thor and the Hulk have been up to during the past two years after the incident in Sokovia featured in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Thor: Ragnorok is the series' best film yet, bringing super hero humor and epic fighting scenes to a whole new level.
The film may be less of a superhero movie and more of a comedy with film director Taika Waititi’s humor written all over it.
The film builds off what Guardians of The Galaxy brought to the big screen with 80’s-themed fluorescent space visuals and metal music. Ragnorok is almost a better sequel to Guardians of The Galaxy. Yet, the film is still refreshingly new.
If past Marvel movies weren’t already a lesson for Thor to consider family counseling, he sure should now. After stopping Loki from destroying Earth and nearly murdering his father for the throne, Thor is now faced to deal with another crazy sibling, Hela, (Cate Blanchett) A big baddie who only has one thing on her to do list: destroy Asgard.
Within his first encounter with Hela, Thor’s hammer is destroyed. He finds himself stranded on a planet known as Sakaar where all garbage is left behind. Embarking Thor on a journey of self-discovery, comedy, and epic-ness.
If you ever wanted to see a superhero improv movie, Thor: Ragnarok is just that. From the interactions of Thor and Hulk’s friendship to the fun and colorful friends we meet along the way, the film is sure to keep you laughing throughout its entirety.
The film also does a good job reminding us of how Thor is one of the most underrated characters in the Avengers.
As he is stripped away from his main character traits in the mighty hammer and golden long hair, Thor is forced to grow up and channel within himself the power he almost forgot he had, the power of thunder.
Although there are many good things to say about the film there still seems to be one lacking aspect, which is in appealing to the audience’s emotion. There is no higher morality questioning what the Thunder-God faces nor any learning of the significant responsibility there are in having great power, which is arguably what makes a superhero a hero in the first place. Thor feels the need to save the people of Asgard but builds no connection with them. If anyone lives up to that role, it is Idris Elba’s character, Heimdall, who keeps the mighty God grounded and reminds Thor that Asgard is nothing without the people who live in it.
Overall, the film is nothing short of a good time. With awesome delivery lines from villains that almost leave you rooting for them, to great action scenes and the Hulk who was missed and loved so much. Waititi will leave you wanting him to direct more Marvel films in the future.