Thor: Ragnarok Review

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It has been 4 years since the last standalone Thor film with Thor: The Dark World. In that time gap, we have seen multiple Marvel films with the release of Guardians of the Galaxy and its sequel, Civil War, Spider-Man, and much more. Audiences have gotten used to the standard superhero film formulaic story-telling, which is not at all a bad thing, but surprising audiences become increasingly difficult with every single release in this genre. Thor: Ragnarok though, does more than just deliver a great superhero film, but a film that takes the superhero movie genre for a spin to give audiences an insanely enjoyable film to take in and laugh along with it.

In the MCU timeline, Thor: Ragnarok takes place somewhere around Civil War and Homecoming, and we see Thor checking back on the state of Asgard since the last time was before he went with the Avengers during the whole Ultron conflict. Shortly after returning to Asgard it is apparent that danger is fast approaching the great kingdom and Thor, along with his brother Loki, must put past grievances aside to protect their home. Soon after they are confronted by Helena, a long lost sister of Thor’s, who seeks to bring Asgard back to its former ruthless realm-conquering glory, attacks. Resulting from this, Thor is left hammerless, stranded on another side of the universe on an alien planet, and forced to follow suit with this new world’s rules if he wishes to go back and save Asgard.

The planet Thor is stranded on, Sakaar, is like a garbage planet where space wormholes converge, leaving the planet littered with various space debris that the inhabitants salvage. The planet features these large arena battles run by the Grandmaster, who is played by Jeff Goldblum, where fighters are pinned against each other to entertain the masses. Here is where we see the fight between the Hulk and Thor, presented in the fantastic, bombastic, and glorious display that Marvel constantly delivers in their films. This is where we see a connection play out between Thor and Hulk, and not just Bruce Banner, but actual Hulk. This unlikely duo has an interesting dynamic that is executed well, which not only grounds their friendship but further develops them as characters. All the while being helped by the constant comedy being thrown in throughout the film. Which helps the film out greatly as the writers clearly are flexing their comedy muscles as they deliver well-timed gags throughout the film’s runtime. Leaving no dull stone unturned.

Comedy is essentially the core of this film as see the characters interact with one another, but never do the jokes feel intrusive or ruin the overall experience. We even see good interactions with Tessa Thompson’s character, Valkyrie, as she aids Thor along with his quest. While speaking about performances, this film does not disappoint, with Jeff Goldblum who plays the Grandmaster so well by showing his entertaining eccentricity that steals the show every time when in camera, Chris Hemsworth staying true to his Norse god superhero, and even Mark Ruffalo, who really shines here as the incredible Hulk and proves himself worthy of being the famous character. While of course giving credit to Taika Waititi, who not only directs the film, but also plays his own take on the comic character, Korg, and offers a truly enjoyable and memorable performance to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Thor: Ragnarok truly delivers one of the best action-comedies of 2017 and proves to audiences that there is still room for great superhero films by taking its own unique spin on the formula to make a film worth the price of admission and also worth being bought for a home release either Blu-ray or digital. We cannot wait to see what else Marvel has in store for superhero films for the coming years, but you can guarantee we will be there to see it.

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