Saturday, November 11, 2017

Thor: Ragnarok - Movie Review

Genre: Superhero, Action

Director: Taika Waititi

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Mark Ruffalo

My Rating:  ★★★

Synopsis: 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.

My Thoughts: Thor: Ragnarok was everything I could have wanted and more! It was witty, funny, and honestly a wild ride. While I did leave the theater with a couple questions and minor issues (I will get into that later), it did not take away the giant smile I had on my face the whole time watching this movie. I honestly cannot even be mad at the minor flaws that I found because it was just so perfect.

One of my favorite things about Thor: Ragnarok was Hela, the villain of the movie. I love a fierce, powerful female villain and finding one is not only hard to find in a Marvel movie, but in movies in general. Cate Blanchett was magic on screen... seductive and balls to the wall. An army literally cannot hold her back! She wasn't the only great character though. Thor and the Hulk both had excellent character development from the last time we have seen, while Korg came out of the movie as its breakout star (and was voiced/motion captured by the movies own director). Awesome characters aside, this movie also looked BEAUTIFUL. All the different realms and the costumes were so vibrant and colorful. The relationship between Thor and Hulk was something I would never have imagined would work as well as it did. The humor in this movie was what really defined it and, in my opinion, rockets it to one of the best Marvel movies of all time. 

Unfortunately, there definitely were some issues with Thor: Ragnarok and I will try to stay in the non-spoiler category. The manner in which they handled some of the more minor characters from the previous Thor movies was really tasteless. They deserved more and shouldn't have even been included if there was no story for them. Some of the more emotional punches of the movie were glossed over in order to include one more joke. Finally, I have quite a few questions that were left unanswered. Whether this was intentional or not, I cannot say.

Overall, I would HIGHLY recommend this movie to anyone. It brought me so much joy watching it and I would always want everyone else to experience the same thing. This is easily one of the best Marvel movies to date and I never thought I would ask for a fourth Thor movie... but I am now if Taika is directing! People of all ages can get something out of Thor: Ragnarok... so go see it now!

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