Movie Review: ‘Thor: Ragnarok’

November 6, 2017 at 5:36 pm | Posted in Movies, Reviews | Leave a comment

Thor: Ragnarok is pure fun. There’s action, adventure, great character moments and tons of humor. Ragnarok changes things up from the past two Thor movies and makes it feel a lot more like Guardians of the Galaxy. Yet the film doesn’t lose itself in doing something new. Instead, it takes Thor to a new level with a film that’s nothing but entertainment from beginning to end.

First off, I did not realize that this movie was directed by the guy who did Hunt for the Wilderpeople. If you haven’t seen that movie, I recommend it. It’s a lot of fun with some great characters. It’s no wonder that Thor: Ragnarok captures that same magic of fun characters and an enjoyable adventure. There’s a great mix of seriousness and humor as the drama and the laughs play off each other to great effect. In turn, the characters shine as they also play off each other in the various situations that arise in this film. Whether it’s Loki and Thor dealing with Doctor Strange, the Grandmaster or each other, they feed off one another’s performances to create a spectacle that you can’t help but smile or laugh at. It’s a chemistry that feels so natural that it works wonderfully. And yet some how they introduce a bunch of new characters into that equation and capture they same level familiarity and fun. Sure the Hulk is in there, as is Idris Elba as Heimdall and Anthony Hopkins as Odin. But new characters like Korg (voiced by the director, Taika Waititi), Valkyrie played by Tessa Thompson, and Cate Blanchett’s Hela all step in seamlessly to the world of Thor.

Now I’m not going to spoil anything, but a lot happens in this movie. The story follows Thor through several adventures that all revolve around the event of Ragnarok. Along the way, he meets a lot of different people who all play small parts that push the story along. There’s some drama as people die and deal with loss and change. There’s some big stakes as Asgard is faced with its utter destruction. Yet throughout everything, there is a common theme of humor that keeps popping up, making you laugh, and creating a bond with the characters. You could argue that there’s too much humor, but all of those laughs really do amount to a lot of fun. In a way, Thor: Rangarok is the antithesis of the DC gloom and doom super hero movies. This movie is bright, fun and funny.

So, is this the best Marvel super hero movie yet? Probably not, but it ranks right up there with the best, and I would certainly say it’s the best Thor movie yet. And as far as fun goes, this is definitely the most fun I’ve had watching a Marvel movie since the first Guardians of the Galaxy. It’s definitely one I’ll be adding to my movie collection, and I give it a five out of five metal bikinis. Just remember to sit through the credits to watch the two bonus scenes, and keep an eye out for the cameos in the Loki/Thor play. You just might spot Sam Neil, Matt Damon and Luke Hemsworth. And for Clancy Brown fans, he is indeed the voice of Surtur, the fire demon guy.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.
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