Thor: Ragnarok (2017): Film Review
In Thor: Ragnarok, all hell breaks loose. And, that's one of the reason why it works so well. Throughout the years, the god of lightning has gone through tough experiences with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including a rocky first solo film Thor and a pretty good sophmore film, entitled The Dark World. But for his third solo film, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) ditches his serious role and replaces it with a lighter, funnier, version of himself. This new personality, combined with stunning visuals, funny jokes, and great acting, makes Ragnarok the best Thor film yet, and a film to remember. The film tells the story of Thor's struggle against his sister, the goddess of death, named Hela (Cate Blanchett), before she sets off Ragnarok, or the end of everything alive. The battle is a tough one, and can effect the whole world, but it doesn't feel like the battle means anything. Instead, the battle works alongside another plot, revolving around Thor trying to escape a foreign planet. This plot takes up a huge chunk of the film, and is a little slow, but it's more than worth the wait when the two plots collide, and create an epically entertaining battle. But before that, the plot takes a super long time to build up, making the film far below the likes of Marvel's top movies: films such as Guardians of The Galaxy and the breakout hit Spider Man: Homecoming. But, a variety of things manage to make the battle for saving the world seem so entertaining. The best part of the movie isn't the action, or even the acting. Instead, something you wouldn't expect from a Thor movie: humor. The first two films are super serious, which is part of the reason why they weren't very fun to watch. For Ragnarok, it seems like the writers just stopped trying so hard, and thank God they did. Thor: Ragnarok is a breath of fresh air in a series that needed it so badly. Combined with humor, the acting is superb, with Cate Blanchett surprisingly sinking into her role perfectly. The cameos are fun and much-needed, with Mark Ruffalo's Hulk making a reappearance after a long hiatus, and Benedict Cumberbatch returning as Doctor Strange, one year since his solo movie came out. The final action scene is one of the best action scenes in Marvel Studios history, so good I found myself rooting for Thor and his team to save the day. Overall, Thor: Ragnarok is a must see for Marvel fans, and non Marvel fans alike. Because the film has everything: superb acting, great humor, and pretty damn entertaining film.
Overall Score: 3/4