Thor Ragnarok Movie Review Movie Review

Thor Ragnarok Movie Review

One of the more valid criticisms levelled against Marvel’s films is that for all its claims of being filmmaker-led and tonally diverse, they’re increasingly unimaginative productions. But be assured, the third Thor installment is not that. Thor: Ragnarok is an exhilarating, fresh take on the superhero movie, a smashingly good two hours of fun you won’t want to take back. The film is directed by Taika Waititi, a filmmaker made famous by his eccentric, genre-lampooning horror mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows.

Set about two years after Avengers: Age of Ultron, Thor: Ragnarok picks up with its titular superhero bounding about space, seeking to solve the mysterious vision that rattled him in that trippy pool. Turns out, he’s seen visions of Ragnarok, the prophesied fall of Asgard. Once Loki’s low-key rule leads to the rise of Hela, the Goddess of Death (Blanchett), the brothers Odinson (Hemsworth and Hiddleston) are cast out to the far corners of the universe – and they wind up on savage Sakaar. It is here they come face-to-face with legendary warrior Valkyrie (Thompson), zany tyrant The Grandmaster (Goldblum), and a battle-hardened and bitter Hulk (Ruffalo).

There’s plenty of action to be found in Thor Ragnarok. Fueled by moody rock music and enhanced with a lavish amount of CG, these are splendid spectacle. But where this film really comes alive is in its humor. After all, that’s why Waititi was hired. The result is a cheeky, sometimes-strange but always entertaining movie that audiences wholeheartedly embrace. Even though Waititi didn’t write this film as he has done with his previous work, the majority of the dialogue was improvised on set with the Kiwi feeding lines to his actors from the side. He also let Goldblum run rampant. Waititi’s instinct for getting the best out of his performers, including Hemsworth’s funny bone and impeccable timing, is key to why Thor: Ragnarok works so well. It’s evident that everyone had so much fun making this movie and that spirit of joy carries through to what audiences see. Thor: Ragnarok is more than just funny. It also nails the action, the visuals, and the music.

What Waititi has done is taken the Marvel Cinematic Universe to the next level and propelled Thor: Ragnarok to the very top of an already formidable franchise.

Verdict : Thor Ragnarok

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