Thor Ragnarok Film Review
Marvel first introduced Thor as a character in the self-titled 2011 solo movie. Back then, the director of the movie- Kenneth Branagh cast two virtually unknown actors in the roles of Thor and Loki (Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston) and while the follow up Thor: The Dark World was much darker in tone, the latest third installment of the cult Marvel franchise, called Thor Ragnarok is something really different.
Thor (Chris Hemworth) and his adopted brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) will face with the death of their father Odin (Anthony Hopkins) early on in the movie, but literally seconds later after, they will meet their older sister Hela (Cate Banchett) the Norse goddess of death. Her mission is to destroy Asgard of course and she will stop at nothing until she reaches her goal. But after Thor and Loki find themselves on the planet of Sakaar, there they will soon find support for their fight against Hela. Bruce Banner/Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) is somehow there and so is Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) the hard drinking but tough (and bad-ass) Asgardian warrior. Their mission won’t be easy, but back home in Asgard, Heimdall (Idris Elba) will provide much needed help.
Ragnarok is more a comedy film that just happens to be made by Marvel and has super-heroes in most of the characters. It’s probably best movie coming from MCU to date (easily taking the first place from The Avengers) and it’s the most hilarious one too. I’m not joking. It’s funny from the opening scene until the very last, and you’re going to laugh your ass of very very much in between. That being said… I want to personally thank Taika Waititi for making Thor lighthearted and energetic, and especially for bringing all that charm and humor out of the gorgeous Chris Harmsworth.
Who’d knew the Aussie actor had a knack for comedy and such great comedic timing? I mean… I saw a little bit of that in Ghostbusters but this is on a totally different level. Applause must be given to screenwriter Eric Pearson and his effort to make the best of Thor’s restless relationship with Loki- now an actual a joy to watch, but also worthy of mention is the bromance that Thor has with Bruce Banner here in Ragnarok. Mark Ruffalo is once again stellar in the role of Banner/Hulk but now much more edgy… and oh don’t let me forget… his on screen chemistry with Thor is terrifyingly good.
I was pleased to find out that every character had a moment to show of the humorous side, and that is especially true of the two newcomers to the cast. Jeff Goldblum is brilliant as usual (now in the role of the Grandmaster) but Tessa Thompson in the role of Valkyrie is the true revelation here. She’s tough, she’s smart, she doesn’t take shit from anyone, Valkyrie is one fascinating character to behold. She’s likable even though we’re introduced to the character in her drunken, aggressive and alcohol infused state of (un)consciousness. Yes the brief presence of Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Stan Lee is top noch yet again, yes Waititi is in the role of Korg (through motion-capture performance) and yes Luke Hemsworth, Charlotte Nicdao, Sam Neill and Matt Damon are also briefly in Asgard (try not to miss them). But I want to talk a bit about Hela for a moment.
I don’t think I should waste any more space in letting you know how awesome Cate Blanchett is in this role. You already know that. Devilish and ruthless she’s a serious competition to Hiddlestone’s portrayal of Loki in the villain department, but after much consideration, I’m gonna have to go with Loki for the number 1 spot. Yes Blanchett is fantastic but here in Ragnarok is sadly not given much space to explore her character beyond the one dimensional line. One particular small yet important flaw that has been nagging me (about Hela) is the very static nature of her character’s surroundings. Apart from her first scene in Norway, she is settled almost entirely in Asgard and does very little.
I also would like thank you to Waititi and the rest of the team for bringing such vibrant colors into the cinematography, the set pieces, costumes and even make-up of the characters. Waititi also makes a sweet and very much needed balance between the action, humor and character development, cause heavens knows the movie is not very well driven by the overly simplistic and yet U-turn prone plot. And in the end I left out the fact that the soundtrack of the entire movie is started and book ended with probably one of the greatest songs ever. Led Leppelin’s Imigrant Song. The lyrics of the song fit perfectly here and truly wrap up the movie in a big beautiful energized bow. Trust me, Thor Raganrok is a movie that should not be missed.