Review of Thor: Ragnarok

Finally Saw a Movie in a Theater

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I went to a movie I intended seeing in one of my previous blogs. FINALLY!!! Thor: Ragnarok is the third installment in this franchise. I bet my hands there will be another one based on how the movie ended. No, I will not tell you how it ended, and this review will be spoiler free except the synopsis. Okay, maybe a few more details, but not enough to be mad at me. If the one sheet indicates anything, this movie has something for everyone: kids, teens, and adults. This movie has enough story and substance to keep your attention throughout its duration of 130 minutes. You don’t need to be a comic book nerd to enjoy the movie. I’ve never read a comic, manga, or graphic novel in my life, but enjoyed this movie from start to finish.

Synopsis of Thor: Ragnarok

Thor: Ragnarok is the story about good and evil. Every family has their squabbles and this one is no different. It wouldn’t make for a good story if Thor, his brother Loki, and his sister Hela all got along. The three siblings can’t put their differences aside even when their father, Odin, speaks to them. This is a battle within the family as much as the battle to preserve Asgard, which is where Thor’s loyalty resides. A handful of remaining citizens of Asgard lend themselves to fight for their survival and their land alongside Thor. But what will Loki and Hela do? And who wins at the end?

Thor: Ragnarok is written by Eric Pearson, Craig Kyle, and Christopher Yost. The story is based on the comics by Stan Lee (saw him in a parking lot), Larry Lieber, and Jack Kirby. It is directed by Taika Waititi. It stars Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Tom Hiddleston as Loki (he should keep the dark hair), Cate Blanchett as Hela, and Anthony Hopkins as Odin. It also stars Idris Elba as Heimdall, Jeff Goldblum as Grandmaster, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, Karl Urban as Skurge, Mark Ruffalo as Hulk, and Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange. Clancy Brown does the voice of Surtur (if anyone has influence to bring Carnivàle back, let me know because I’m dying to find out what really did happen to Brother Justin Crowe).

This film is successful because it truly did keep the audience invested. It has the proper amounts of comedy and drama even though it is an action movie. The scenes grip the viewer in the sense you feel connected to the main characters. I know this is a corny thing to comment on, but for being a movie filled with comic book characters, they did not appear flat and one-dimensional. The writing did exactly what it was supposed to do in this movie. It didn’t sound forced or emotionless. I can’t really pick a best scene because all the actors and actresses were equally on solid ground. What edged out Jeff Goldblum was his comedic timing and facial expressions, and of course, you can’t deny Cate Blanchett being a bad ass sister.

I made note of the music used and it was done well, but not that I’m an expert on this. Let’s just say it didn’t bring me out of the movie. The production value was top-notch and the costumes had no wiggle room. The CGI was incredible and a shout out to the stunt actors and actresses involved.

What Else I Liked about Thor: Ragnarok

 

Thor: Ragnarok is a movie based on Norse mythology. I find this kind of stuff fascinating. What greatness of the Fenris wolf, but wish it had a little more scene time. In order to understand the motivation of Hela, there was some backstory needed. It can be tricky to include it without hitting the audience over the head. It might seem easy to do, and maybe for some writers it is, but the way it played out on the screen did not scream THIS IS BACKSTORY. The other thing that translated well on the screen were the fight scenes. I enjoyed them immensely and even the short verbal digs between Thor and Hulk. Even during the most intense battles, there was humor, but this is what made it a popcorn movie.

Minor Notices about Thor: Ragnarok

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There were two things I noticed, so minor, that it might not even be worth mentioning. But because nothing is ever perfect, here it goes.  I did notice an extra moving when he should have been dead. This is what I assume since the others were motionless, thus the implication they were dead. The other was the hip swaying from Valkyrie prior to the battle scenes. I say this because it was suitable for Hela. She wanted to make a grand entrance and even grander performance. However, I did not understand this coming from Valkyrie. Her prior demeanor and actions seemed to indicate she would not do this.  Again, these things are so minor in the whole scheme of things.  It wasn’t such that big of a deal, but surprisingly, they affected my score a tiny bit.

Conclusion about Thor: Ragnarok

It’s been a while since I’ve seen a movie based from a comic.  I will say it had enough of a story to make it engaging. It had enough action to keep me entertained. It had enough humor to keep it lighthearted. I forgot to wear a watch, but even if I had it on, I wouldn’t have looked at it. It’s definitely better than some of the FAILS released this year. There’s a reason I’ve been watching more Netflix and T.V. lately, but once in a while a movie compels me to see it on opening weekend.  This was definitely worth it, and soon Hollywood will be releasing holiday movies in full force.  Where has the time gone?

Pisaries Creator Score is 95%

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