Review: Thor: Ragnarok
4.0Overall Score

The best (and funniest) Thor film to date

Starring: Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston

Plot: In Marvel Studios’ Thor: Ragnarok, Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok – the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization – at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela. But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger – the Incredible Hulk!

Remarks: I’ve always been a fan of the Thor franchise. Sure, it’s never been as popular as The Avengers, Iron Man or Captain America but the character has always seemed to resonate with me. However, with ‘Thor: Ragnarok’, the hero finally gets the film he’s always deserved.

In the film, Thor needs to save Asguard from a new threat – his older sister and the Goddess of Death, Hela. Naturally, it’s up to Thor and Loki to put their differences aside and protect their planet from what could be a catastrophic demise.

The film introduces a variety of new characters – each incredibly well-cast. Oscar winner Cate Blanchette makes an impressive debut as Hela – one of the most terrifying villains in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to date. She character was strong, powerful and, for the first time, made us doubt Thor’s abilities. Her costume and make-up was superb and elevated her evil status tenfold. Her performance was remarkable and she was one of the many factors this film is going to be so successful.

Tessa Thompson plays a Valkyrie – the last Asguardian soldier of the women-only fleet. However, she has become a drunk thief who captures Thor to make some money. Meanwhile, Jeff Goldblum plays the Grandmaster – the leader of a world of lost souls. He buys Thor off Valkyrie and keeps him prisoner on his planet. To fight for his freedom, he is pitted against the planet’s most victorious gladiator – the Incredible Hulk!

Now, I’ve never been a fan of The Incredible Hulk and, again, I found the character incredibly disappointing in this film. Not even Mark Ruffalo could bring back the lackluster performance. It’s the same thing every single time. Hulk destroys and bangs and fights without much thought. Sure, it made for a few epic scenes in the film but the movie could have easily done without him.

Besides this, the film is fantastic. Everything from the storyline to the sets, comedic element, performances of the cast and the editing is spectacular. Thor comes off as a massive hero and the film finally gives the character the justice he deserves. It’s the action-filled, funny, captivating superhero movie we’ve all been waiting for – and I’m so glad Marvel managed to get this one right. Oh – and don’t worry. Thor’s new short haircut gets explained in the film!

Rating: 4/5

Thor: Ragnarok releases on the 27th of October 2017.

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