I try not to be that loud guy in the movie theater, especially when I’m at a screening with fellow writers, but Thor: Ragnarok made me hoot and holler a few times because it’s a beautifully destructive rollercoaster packaged with the most jokes I’ve ever seen in a Marvel movie. It was a mildly different approach for a Marvel film, but I was very fond of it. Furthermore, I like that we get to see how far the Marvel universe has expanded since the last Thor movie. Before I jump further into this post, I should note ( for you moms and dads out there ) that the humor in this film is a tad more mature than your typical Marvel film, but still maintains a PG-13 rating.
Thor: Ragnarok showcases some cool new characters like Valkyrie ( played by Tessa Thompson ), The Grandmaster ( Jeff Goldblum ), and Hela ( Cate Blanchett ). My favorite of these three castings has to be Jeff Goldblum as The Grandmaster, not only because he’s one of my favorite actors of all time, but because it’s another example of how seamless the pairings are between actors and the characters they play in the Marvel universe. Marvel’s villains on the big screen have gradually become more and more menacing, and I love that, especially with Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War coming up early 2018. Hela instantly became one of my favorite Marvel villains, she’s ruthless, arrogant, and totally bad ass, and I love it.
The tone of Thor: Ragnarok was interesting, and I still don’t know how I feel about it as a whole. At the center of the plotline lies a catastrophic event that should be taken seriously on paper, yet the cast throughout plenty of the scenes seem to be pretty lighthearted about it. From what I remember, there isn’t a single scene that doesn’t have some sort of humor or comedic relief, and I liked this take. Yes, the comedy took away from some of the dramatics, but it didn’t take away the dynamics of every scene. It was along the same formula Guardians of the Galaxy used, and it works.
The fighting scenes in this film are some of the best I’ve ever seen in the Marvel universe. That fight you see between Hulk and Thor in the trailers? It’s even better than you think it is. Furthermore, all of the fighting/action scenes ( and there’s plenty ) were very well thought out and choreographed. So if you’re someone who’s very invested in the action and fighting scenes in films, I’d recommend Thor: Ragnarok.
So there you have it guys!
Thor: Ragnarok swings its way into theaters November 2nd so don’t miss it!
I would say it is a family-friendly film, so don’t be hesitant to bring your kids or significant others with you to see it.