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Thor: Ragnarok – Movie Review

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Thor returns yet again in another solo movie to protect the nine realms from danger, but he faces his match when he comes up against Hela, the Goddess of Death. I honestly respect Marvel’s delicate balance between humor and drama in their films. It definitely brings fun to the story about superheroes rather than just brooding off into a corner in the rain. Thor: Ragnarok lives up to that balance.

In this film, Thor finds himself in the position to prevent Ragnarok from destroying his home in Asgard. Thanks to Rick Riordan’s Magnus Chase novels I learned that Ragnarok is Norse mythology’s explanation for the end of times. When the title of the film was released, I was naturally concerned about what this would mean for Thor. However, I enjoyed the execution of what the film did with the daunting subject.

When Hela appears, it turns Thor’s world upside down. He finds himself powerless and deserted in a foreign world as he tries desperately to return to Asgard to save it from Hela. This foreign world is called, Sakaar, and it is run by The Grandmaster who takes Thor in to become one of his gladiators. Loki is also trapped on the same planet, but manages to gain favor with the Grandmaster. That’s when we run into the Hulk, two years after the Battle of Sokovia.

I don’t think Chris Hemsworth gets enough credit for his skills in comedy. He perfectly captures Thor’s brute persona in an entertaining way. Along with the comedy, you really get to see the journey that he’s taken throughout the course of this series come full circle. Thor is faced with more uncertainty than he has ever been so his confidence wains. Hemsworth does a great job at embodying all those qualities that make Thor such a great character.

Of course we can’t forget Thor’s other half, Loki who was perfectly content in Asgard before Thor figures out that Odin is missing. Tom Hiddleston doesn’t disappoint in his performance. He’s still as sneaky and charming as ever. Loki continues to be up to his old tricks again, but there’s a new layer to his character that’s revealed as the film progresses. Even someone as formidable as Loki knows the threat that Hela possesses, but he’s not nearly as anxious to get home as Thor is.

After a long absence, we finally see the Hulk again in all of his glory. This time Bruce Banner is missing. It was interesting to see who the Hulk was without his human counterpart. Mark Ruffalo portrays both parts of the Hulk as two halves of a whole. In this film, we see Hulk as a separate character rather than an angry side of Bruce Banner. These three actors weren’t alone in their great performances though.

It should come as no surprise that Cate Blanchett is as threatening as ever. I’m always excited when I hear that she is going to play a villain in a film because she does it so well and this film is no exception to that. The new additional cast members such as Tessa Thompson, Kieth Urban, and Jeff Goldblum only add to this film’s triumph and expand the Marvel Cinematic Universe as we know it.

This film was as epic as it was hilarious. Thor spends very little time on earth as compared to the other films so we get to see more of what the other parts of the universe has to offer. Compared to the other Thor films, this one leans more to the comedic side. I always found the Thor films to be funnier than the other Marvel films due to Loki’s clever wit, but this one was better because Thor joined in on the fun.

All around, I really enjoyed this movie. It was wildly entertaining and I highly recommend it.

Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
  Director:  Taika Waititi
Studio:  Marvel Studios, Disney
Genre: Action
MPAA:   PG-13
Release Date:  November 3rd, 2017
Author:  Emily Casebolt
Emily Casebolt Born in Albuquerque and raised in San Diego, Emily Casebolt is a graduate of New Mexico State University with degree in Digital Filmmaking. She writes and plots stories any chance she gets from screenplays to novels. On her freetime, she watches hours of Netflix and reads countless books. She aspires to be a television writer for a one hour drama. 

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