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.
Thor: Ragnarok is the third instalment in the Thor franchise and the latest film to be released in the Marvel Universe. It has been awhile since we saw Thor in his own film as the last film, The Dark World, was released in 2013. I wasn’t a big fan of Thor when the first film came out, but The Dark World started to change my mind and I can confidently say that Ragnarok has changed my mind completely about Thor and the franchise.
Of course Chris Hemsworth is back as Thor and one of my favourite Marvel characters and actors, Loki, is also back with Tom Hiddleston reprising the role. The big new additions to Ragnarok was Jeff Goldblum as the Grandmaster and Cate Blanchett as the villain, Hela. Goldblum was great, but he was his usual self. I was more impressed with Blanchett. Fun fact: Hela is the first main female villain in the Marvel Universe. Another fun fact: Her kids forced her to have a role in a Marvel film and of course she had to go through the proper channels, but it definitely worked out for her. I’ve always thought she’s a great actress and it shows in Ragnarok. There were a few other surprise appearances, one that really comes from left field, but as I always say, my reviews are spoiler free, so I won’t be spilling any beans here.
Thor: Ragnarok turns a new page in the franchise and can now be one of the best Marvel films to date and aside from a solid cast, a good story and visuals that are always top notch (although I’ve seen better from Marvel), the driving force behind this film was its comedy. Yes, we know most Marvel films have a bit of comedy behind them, but after checking out the trivia section on IMDB, I found out that 80% of the dialogue was improvised. That is shocking and ballsy, in my opinion. But it worked. Director Taika Waititi said that Chris Hemsworth is actually a really funny guy and he felt Hemsworth was being underutilized, which I agree with. I thought his comedic chops were great in Ghostbusters and Vacation. Not to get side tracked or even compare the two, but this is how I personally feel about Zac Efron. I find him at his best when he does comedy films. I’m sure many would not agree with me. However, some of the one liners in this film were not very kid-friendly. I mean, surely you don’t want your kids asking you what an orgy is, but hopefully it slips their mind when it’s mentioned.
Overall, Thor: Ragnarok is a great third instalment in the franchise, one that really revives it. Thor will be back in the next Avengers film, Infinity War, which is slated to be released in May 2018. Don’t forget (like I need to remind you) that there are 2 cut scenes; 1 mid-credits and 1 after all the credits.