I finally saw Thor Ragnarok the other night and I can say that it is the best solo Thor film that was ever done. If you haven’t seen the film yet I suggest that you turn back as this post contains a lot of spoilers for the film. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.
Okay, first off the tone of the film is light and funny. Just like the tone of the first Guardians of the Galaxy film. This is way better than the two previous Thor films. To be honest, the first one was the least I like as it is very stiff. It was like an obligatory film to introduce Thor to the MCU. It didn’t suck but it was not that bad. The second one, was way more interesting with the introduction of the Infinity Stone in Aether and it has some humor in it. But this third one, I didn’t expect they can pull it off. You have to give props to Director Taika Waititi.
Who knew Chris Hemsworth could be this funny? I mean we already know that he is funny based on some scenes on older MCU movies. But in this one he was given the liberty by Taika to just be Chris Hemsworth. I’ve even read in some interviews that most of the scenes in the film were improvised / ad lib. It was actually good and it worked well. Seeing Thor, Loki and even some characters like the Grandmaster and Korg deliver those funny lines was just awesome. The humor in the film was enough, not forced and not all over the place. It was the perfect amount.
I mean, even Hulk was funny and that was pure genius. In the previous MCU movies, Hulk is mostly used for tearing down walls, kicking ass and wrecking stuff. But on this one I am glad they were able to showcase more the character of Hulk, not Bruce Banner but Hulk. We all know that though they are one and the same, Hulk has a different personality from Bruce Banner. In the film, it was revealed that Hulk has been Hulk and has not transformed to Bruce Banner since Age of Ultron. The scenes with Thor and Hulk talking, those are the funny ones especially the Hulk tantrum. Acting like he was a kid, man that was hilarious as hell
Korg is also funny. He is a new minor that was introduced in the film. He is a Kronan warrior who was also a slave by the Grandmaster that fights in the pits. He is a big guy with a funny accent and his scenes with Thor was hilarious. Also, I did find out that his character was played and voiced none other than Director Taika himself. I believe his addition was perfect and Taika did a good job with him and his one liners did work.
Anyway, in terms of the story telling it was fast paced. The combination of humor, speaking scenes and fighting scenes were balanced. You will barely notice that the film is at least 2 hours long.
The fight scenes were actually very good. Especially the Thor vs Hulk arena scene. Man I was so glad they did that. This is the first time that we were able to see him unleash his true potential, his god like powers. In the previous Avengers films he was kinda tamed down. But for this one they were able to showcase how strong Thor is. In terms of power levels Thor is basically the strongest Avenger followed closely by Hulk. I can say by far, that it was the best Avenger vs Avenger fight. Prior to this, the best one in my opinion was Hulk vs Iron Man with Hulkbuster suit in Avengers Age of Ultron.
For the new characters I was actually happy that they were able to introduce bad ass female charcters in Cate Blanchett as Hela and Tessa Thompson as the Valkyrie.
Hela is just a ruthless character in the comics and the role was portrayed by Cate fucking Blanchett, I mean she is a very talented actress. And she nails the character perfectly. Oh and did I tell you that she is gorgeous as fuck with that dark eye liner emo look. Just look at her:
Amazing right? I loved all of her scenes especially the one where she fought the Asgardian warriors. Just pure bad ass! Although I hope they find a way to bring her back in the future as Hela is a good villain to just write off and be used in one film. It seems that she died in Ragnarok. But we might know in the future films of her status.
As for Tessa Thompson playing The Valkyrie, she had a very good dynamic with Thor’s character. Her unwillingly dismissing him knowing who he was because of her past, to her finally helping Thor is great character development. Her character was well written. Unlike the previous female companions of Thor, Jane and Sif, Valkyrie’s character seems to worked better than the previous two. No offense to Jamie Alexander I love her, but Valkyrie’s character was just better. Sif’s character also suffered as she was just written to be a background and support to Thor just like Hogun, Volstagg and Fandral. At least with Valkyrie they had a better relationship and they both kicked ass. I’m pretty sure they will be bringing her character back.
Jeff Goldblum’s character Grandmaster was also introduced in this film. If I am not mistaken, he is the third elder presented in the movies. Taneleer Tivan aka The Collector was the first and Ego the living planet was the second one. Grandmaster’s character is also hilarious. And I love Jeff Goldblum. We know he is still alive and will likely appear to future MCU films.
Thor Ragnarok’s events is a good build up for the Infinity War saga. It also gave us an idea that despite leaving Midgard aka Earth after the events of Age of Ultron, Thor was not able to find any infinity stone. The ending credits was a bit ominous or rather simply mysterious. I wish it was the Guardians of The Galaxy or it can be Thanos. We will never know.
All in all the movie is solid. Giving it a perfect 5. I loved how they were able to finally make a good Thor movie. If ever they will do another solo Thor film, they should get Taika again. This is how Thor should be, fun and kicks ass. Loved how they used Led Zeppelin’s Immigrant Song throughout the whole film. I am bummed they were not able to put at least Judas Priest’s Halls of Valhalla in this. I mean that song can perfectly work too especially the lyrics. Haven’t heard of it? Then check the link below. Anyway, peace am out!