Thor: Ragnarok Review: Lightning Strikes for the God of Thunder

Marvel Studios’ THOR: RAGNAROK..L to R: Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) and Loki (Tom Hiddleston)..Ph: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2017

Thor’s standalone movies have never really found their footing. It started with director Kenneth Branagh which took a theatrical approach, in “Thor”. In the second installment Marvel decided to take a darker theme with “Thor: The Dark world”. Both these films never really resonated with me as most of the other films in the Marvel universe. Now director Taika Waititi takes the helm and delivers one of Marvel’s best comedic film. A Buddy adventure movie that you never knew you wanted but you are glad that it exist.

Marvel Studios’ THOR: RAGNAROK..L to R: Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Bruce Banner/Hulk (Mark Ruffalo)..Ph: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2017

Thor and Hulk are the central characters that move the story forward. At the start of the film we find our hero Thor trying to search for his father as shown in the end credits of Doctor Strange. While looking for his father he encounters Hela, The Goddess of Death, and thus are story begins. I will not go into the details of the film, but if I were to describe the film in one word I would say…this film is about losing. I don’t mean the literal term of losing but just as the theme of the film.

Taika had previously mentioned that he wanted to overhaul the Thor franchise.  He did! Thor has a new haircut and in the trailer we see him without his hammer. A completely new Thor, losing all his old stuff and bringing in the new. This is why Ragnarok is so successful, they have taken a new direction with the film and it works. We are introduced to new characters, storylines, and a brand new look.

Marvel Studios Thor: Ragnarok..L to R: Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Hulk (Mark Ruffalo)..Photo: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2017

The new look Waititi has taken is a great direction for the franchise to move forward. The film is very comedic and for fans of Waititi’s work you will not be disappointed. There are so many memorable lines in the film you will be quoting them soon after the credits have rolled. Every central character seems to have at least one comedic moment. But the one that outshines them all is Korg, who is played by Waititi himself. Another noted change in the Thor overhaul is the visual look of the film. Thor finally has some color. With the exception of guardians of the galaxy, all Marvel universe films have been very Gray and Dull. Ragnarok is full of colors. This is most notably seen in the homeworld of the Grandmaster, played by Jeff Goldblum. Waititi’s use of Color really sets this film apart from not only its counter parts but from the entire Marvel Universe.

Marvel Studios Thor: Ragnarok..L to R: Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Topaz (Rachel House), Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum) and Loki (Tom Hiddleston)..Photo: Jasin Boland..©Marvel Studios 2017

With the new direction that Waititi has taken it really stands out on its own. I can argue that you do not need to see any of the previous films in order to enjoy Thor: Ragnarok. There are mentions of previous central characters and backstories but they do not take away from enjoying the film. The film introduces a whole new cast of characters that you kind of forget the old ones even existed. Valkyrie is a great female lead that kickass and I would love to see her in more Marvel films. Hela, played by Cate Blanchett, makes for some great performances. She really makes for a great adversary for Thor. She also brings in a new detail that no one suspected. Adding a new dimension to the central characters. Hulk is given a voice which makes him a more human like, more relatable.

Marvel Studios’ THOR: RAGNAROK..Hela (Cate Blanchett) in foreground..Ph: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2017

Ragnarok exceeded my expectations. I loved the film and the new direction marvel is taking with Phase 3. Teaming up superheros rather than having them in their own film. I can easily say Thor Ragnarok has made my top 3 marvel films. The comedic timing was near perfect. Thor’s new look proves that you don’t need a hammer to be the God of Thunder. Watch out for them cameos and if you plan on staying till then, there are 2  end credit scenes.That’s it! Go watch Thor: Ragnarok..Oh and one the last thing before I end this….#hulkbutt.

Thor:Ragnarok 9/10 Sparkles

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