Hey lovelies! How’s everyone doing today?
So I must admit I’m a major movie buff. I looooove a good movie!!! And I especially love a good superhero movie. So when the release date for Thor: Ragnarok was announced, it was programmed into my calendar asap. I was definitely not about to miss it.
This year has been one filled with what seems to be an infinite number of ass-kickng, action-packed superhero themed movies. With powerhouses such as Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, Wonder Woman and Spiderman making tremendous waves and having superior box office success, I was a little weary and hesitant as to how the latest installment in the Marvel Studios franchise, Thor: Ragnarok was going to fair against its predecessors. But alas, Marvel continues to produce phenomenal movies for the comic-loving movie goer.
Thor: Ragnarok made its worldwide debut this past month. Opening to huge numbers of an estimated $120 million in the US box office, $427 million in the worldwide box office and impressive score on Rotten tomatoes, it seems like the Marvel Universe has finally shown the glory that is the God of Thunder. But is it really worth the hype? Or was this just nostalgia for the conclusion of the Thor solo films that made us so excited for this movie?
Brief Intro (Warning a few spoilers ahead!)
When we last saw our favourite former party boy, hilariously self-absorbed, ‘the strongest’ or ‘second strongest’ (depending on how you look at it) avenger and Norse god of Thunder (though he really emits lightning) Thor (Chris Hemsworth) in the Avengers: Age of Ultron and for a snippet of Dr. Strange, he was off on an intergalactic search for the infinity stones and thereby setting up the stage for the latest Avengers saga-the infinity wars. He also sets off in hopes of preventing Ragnarok: the destruction of the earth, Asgard and the gods in Norse mythology.
After what seems to be seriously bad luck and failure of accomplishing his goals, Thor returns to Asgard to find an alive Loki (Tom Hiddleston) has been impersonating his father Odin and taken the throne after sending Odin to exile on earth. Thor and Loki , find Odin who warns them that they are about to face an unbelievable force of destruction and they need to be ready. And that was all the warning the brothers got before evil incarnate arrived.
In the blink of an eye and making her grand entrance, Hela- the Goddess of death arrives and all but decimates the brothers, setting up the plot for the movie. Now with a new and powerful villainess, Hela (played by Cate Blanchett), set to take over Asgard and bent set on ruling the universe, Thor must find away to defeat this threat and ultimately (hopefully) save Asgard.
Unfortunately, the mighty Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe and finds himself in a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against the Grandmaster’s champion who turns out to be none other than the incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), his former ally and fellow Avenger.
As Thor continues on his quest for survival and races against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela from destroying his home world and the Asgardian civilization, he assembles a rag-tag dysfunctional team nicknamed ‘The Revengers’, including Hulk and newcomer Valkyrie (a former asgardian warrior) to find a way to return to Asgard and save his home from total destruction. Along with the return of an old favourite Heimdall (Idris Alba), the stage was set for what one would hope to be the best Thor showdown yet. Can they save Asgard? Or has Ragnarok finally come?
Thor: Ragnarok is the brainchild and artistic vision of director, Taika Waititi (who happens to also play one of my favourite characters in the movie, Korg) supplemented wonderfully by the writing genius of Eric Pearson. With a fresh approach to one of the lesser celebrated solo movies in the Marvel universe, they have managed to revitalize and breath new air into the Thor series. Written with clever comedic timing and great punch lines, the movie proved how well comedy and action can go hand-in-hand. Leaving audiences laughing out loud and wanting more.
Who knew Chris Hemsworth was so funny? He masterfully nailed the humour bits and proved he has the acting range to not only pull off the seriousness of Thor’s personality, but also has the ability to be sarcastic, witty and quite engaging in a comedic manner. To make the movie even more amazing, he is supported by a superstar cast who deliver quality acting and effective dialogue. The actors have great on screen chemistry and add tremendously to the story-line in every scene.
This new Thor movie elevated the standards of what a great comic book movie should entail with equal parts humour, amazing action scenes and a great story that seeps through the screens and into the viewing experience. Gorgeous cinematography and interesting set design with special effects that are not overpowering or with the complaints of obvious CG or green screen technology but rather complemented the entire movie was the perfect final touches to make one of the most exciting, entertaining and adventurous Marvel movies to date. It was fun with a triple dose of wit and excellent comedic timing. This is truly a MUST-see for the Marvel-loving (though DC fans like myself are always welcomed).