Movie Review - Thor Ragnorok
Synopsis (from IMDB): Imprisoned, the mighty Thor finds himself in a lethal gladiatorial contest against the Hulk, his former ally. Thor must fight for survival and race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela from destroying his home and the Asgardian Civilization.
Where to begin. Just so you know this is a spoiler-free review. By now you have probably heard that this movie is hilarious. I have to say that it is and I, for one, am glad that they went that route and not take this too seriously. To be honest, Marvel has tried serious Thor and it just didn't work. This movie reminded me of Guardians of the Galaxy, in that it's a fun movie and the chemistry between the characters really work in this movie. I liked all of the actors in this movie even some of the cameos which were awesome if you caught them. I even liked Cate Blanchett as Hela. Personally, I think she is one of the better villains in the MCU so far. Now that I think about it Loki and Hela are my favorite villains from the Marvel movies. I actually like how Loki's story arc has progressed in the films. Where he starts out as a villain but has now become an anti-hero but still does his mischievous acts. Besides Hela, I loved Jeff Goldblum in this movie. It was like he was channeling his character from Jurassic Park and I loved every minute he was onscreen. One character I kind of wanted to see more of was Tessa Thompson's Valkyrie. Not to say that she doesn't get enough screentime, it's just that I found myself wanting to know more about her. And to all the people mad because Marvel decided to go with Tessa, she does an awesome job and they never really say her name. That being said Brunnhilde, the Valkyrie character in the comics, can still be brought in to this world if they so choose. The story works and the parts with Hulk make sense. That was one of my worries going into this movie was how they were going to work the (obvious) Planet Hulk themes in and they found a way to do it that made sense and also what happened to Hulk at the end of Avengers 2. Let's just say that reunion in Avengers 3 is going to be interesting. There is a lot of CG in the movie but it works. All in all, I thought it was a fun movie, much like the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie was back in 2014.
As for the issues I had with the movie I only have a few that may be seen as nitpicking. I didn't like that they effectively killed a few characters that were integral to the Thor movies. I understand that they had to make Hela feel like a viable threat but I think that wasn't a good idea overall. Another thing, is I don't think they fleshed out Hela enough as well as Valkryie and Skurge. The movie honestly, felt like it could have been the end of the Thor movies, even though I don't think that is going to happen. Other than that there wasn't much I had a problem with the movie as I thought all of the changes they made worked overall.
This movie is rated PG-13. There is a couple of scenes that may be a little upsetting especially in the climactic fight between Hela and Thor other than that though it's a standard Marvel movie. The movie runs at a little over 2 hours and there are 2 post credit scenes but you only need to stay for the first one as it looks to set up Avengers 3.
I enjoyed this movie a lot. I liked that they didn't take themselves to seriously in this film. I also loved the characters in this movie and the tone of the movie. I give this movie a FULL PRICE/BLU RAY pick up. Have you seen Thor Ragnorok? Let's talk about it in the comments and as always thanks for reading.
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