Thor : Ragnarok – Film Review

Rating: 3.5 / 5 stars

What’s it about?

Thor Ragnarok is the third standalone Thor film directed by Taika Waititi, and stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Mark Ruffalo, Jeff Goldblum and Tessa Thompson among others.

Plagued by visions of the end of his world, Thor returns to Asgard in the hopes of deciphering the meaning of his dreams, only to find that his father is missing. Along with Loki, he tries to track down their father but Hela, the goddess of death breaks free from her prison and captures Asgard, banishing both princes to the edge of the cosmic realm in the process. How Thor manages to make his way back and tries to regain his father’s kingdom is what the rest of the film is about.

What’s Good?

First off what’s markedly different in the film is the character of Thor. He feels more real with a lot of personality, and the decision to infuse comic traits to the character and to the story in general works in a big way. The one liners are sharp and witty, and the comic sequences are a hoot. Another aspect that the film gets right is the chemistry between the characters. The interactions between various characters, especially Thor and Hulk, is brimming with wit and humor. The movie also benefits from a good pace, which moves from one plot point to another fairly quickly, thus covering up any flaws the screenplay may hold. Thor Ragnarok also has one of the best villains in Hela, the goddess of death. She has an interesting backstory and steals the show everytime she is on screen.

The music choices in the film is very eighties, and is funky in most places and this helps develop the lighter tone of the film. Led Zeplin’s The Imigration Song is used in the best possible way and sets the pulse racing when it plays in the backdrop of action sequences. There are some surprising and hilarious cameos that work well for the film.

What’s Not?

While it is understandable that Thor will be at the front and center of this film, one still feels a little shortchanged with the lack of Hulk. He is not there in the film as much as the trailers lead you to believe, especially in the third act, where there is very little Hulk action. Also, the third act is not as organic as the first two and the change in acts jar a little. VFX is decent but not great.

Performances

Chris Hemsworth as Thor gets to do more with his character this time around and absolutely nails it. He gets to flex his comic chops and create a character that is lovable and heroic. Cate Blanchett as Hela plays her role with absolute glee and is the scene stealer of the film. Mark Ruffalo is slightly underutilized but is great in all his scenes. Jeff Goldblum as the whacky Grandmaster and manages to get the best lines in the film. Tessa Thompson as the scarred Valkyrie solder and Taika Waititi as Korg are good in their respective roles. Rest of the cast does a decent job.

Final Word

One of the most enjoyable MCU films to ever come out, this is an absolute must watch for fans of the comic book genre.


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