Thor: Ragnarok is the latest contribution to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It serves as the third film in the Thor movie series (2011’s Thor & 2013’s Thor: The Dark World) and is shockingly, the 17th movie in the MCU! The fact that we are already to the 17th movie in the MCU surprises me a little.
This storyline picks up about 2 years after the Battle of Sokovia (Avengers: Age of Ultron) and we find Thor, portrayed by Chris Hemsworth, failing in his search for infinity stones.
As the movie begins, we find Thor being held captive by the fire demon Surtur. Before his escape, Thor learns that Asgard is in grave danger and that Surtur intends to fulfill his prophecy of destroying the home of our hammer wielding hero.
Upon his return home, Thor reconnects with his brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and they learn, to their surprise, that they have an older sister Hela (Cate Blanchett) who has returned from her imprisonment to take over the vulnerable Asgard. After a confrontation with Hela, Thor and Loki find themselves cast into the garbage planet of Sakaar, while Hela arrives in Asgard. Thor is found by Scrapper 142 (Tessa Thompson) and promptly sold to the Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum) to fight in the Contest of Champions.
Thor finds his opponent in this colosseum-style competition to be none other than fellow Avenger, Hulk (portrayed by Mark Ruffalo), who found his way to Sakaar after his attempt to disappear following the Battle of Sokovia.
In order to escape Sakaar and save his home, our Asgardian hero forms a team named “The Revengers” consisting of some familiar and a few new faces. This leads to some great action, drama and intelligent humor.
Overall, I had fun with Thor: Ragnarok. I’ve been looking forward to this film since its was announced as I’m a big fan of Thor and especially Hulk (possibly my favorite Marvel character). I enjoyed the first Thor (2011) as it was a great intro to the character, but I thought Thor: The Dark World (2013) was lackluster at best. So coming into this movie, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, though the previews made the film looks promising.
Thor: Ragnarok amps up the humor (more so than it’s predecessors) and even had a Guardians of the Galaxy feel; which is certainly not a negative. Chris Hemsworth is in true form as Thor and was very entertaining to follow throughout the film’s plot. The film allowed Hemsworth to display Thor’s ability to face adversity as well as become a leader. Director Taika Waititi stated that he wanted to showcase Hemsworth’s comedic talents by bringing a more humorous Thor.
Tom Hiddleston was consistent throughout the film with what we’ve come to expect from Loki. You never know what you’re going to get with Loki, whether it’s genuine help or betrayal – Loki remained true to this throughout the film.
Cate Blanchett was an entertaining antagonist as Hela and revealed some important info on the history of Asgard. Tessa Thompson’s Scrapper 142 was a great addition to the story and had great chemistry with Hemsworth. The scenes from Sakaar may have been my favorite parts of the movie. The back-and-forth between Hulk and Thor was hilarious and it was fun to see a more vocal interpretation of Hulk. The Grandmaster of Sakaar (Jeff Goldblum) was entertaining and I enjoyed his eccentric demeanor.
The movie was visually stunning and the CGI was on point. I particularly enjoy the attention to detail in the set designs of Asgard, Sakaar, etc. as they were all believable and engaging. The alien misfits we met on Sakaar helped keep the humorous tone of the movie consistent, especially Korg (Taika Waititi).
Pros VS. Cons
The Defining Factor
Although the MCU hasn’t been without it faults, I am a fan. Thor: Ragnarok was everything I came in hoping for and more. It was humorous, action packed and engaging. The defining factor in this film was the theme of believing in yourself and overcoming adversity, no matter how great. I walked out of the theater smiling and satisfied. Thor: Ragnarok definitely served it’s purpose.
Clearly I am a fan of the film and would recommend you to check it out, especially if you’re a superhero film fan. My score is 4.5/5 stars.
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Hopkins
Directed By: Taika Waititi
Release Date: November 3, 2017 (USA)
Production Company: Marvel Studios
Distributed By: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Film Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 2h 10min