(Review) – Thor: Ragnarok
Series: Thor Movies #3
Released by Marvel on 26 October 2017
Genres: Action, Fantasy
Length: 2h 10m
Source: Seen in cinema
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Tessa Thompson, Mark Ruffalo, Jeff Goldblum, Idris Elba, Karl Urban
Imprisoned, the mighty Thor finds himself in a lethal gladiatorial contest against the Hulk, his former ally. Thor must fight for survival and race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela from destroying his home and the Asgardian civilization.
When I saw the first trailer for the new Thor movie, subtitled Ragnarok, I honestly had no idea what to expect. It already felt so different from the previous movie, obviously because it had a different director, but also because The Dark World was so dark (wow duh) and Ragnarok seemed so colourful already. I hadn’t seen anything by Taika Waititi before, but I think I ‘know’ him best from his movie What We Do In the Shadows, so I was expecting to laugh, a lot.
Thor has always been my favourite Marvel movie, because I believe it was (one of) the first Marvel movie(s) I saw, and partly of course because of my fascination with the Norse Mythology. So I was super excited to see this movie, so excited even, we decided to see it in IMAX. But yeah, I don’t think IMAX 3D added a whole lot more to the movie, but that’s just my honest opinion.
Like I said, I had expected to laugh a lot during this movie, but I had not expected to laugh THIS MUCH. Seriously this movie was full of funny stuff, while also maintaining a serious bit. I mean the funny bits definitely overthrew the seriousness of the movie (and sometimes I was a bit like ‘ok this shouldn’t be funny’ View Spoiler »Like that part where Bruce jumps out of the ship, fully expecting to turn into the Hulk before landing on the bridge, but then Bruce smacks onto the bridge, I was like 90% sure he was dead and I couldn’t really laugh hard about that « Hide Spoiler) but damn I hadn’t laughed this much since seeing Guardians of the Galaxy (in fact I think I laughed more with this movie). I read on IMDB that 80% of the dialogue had been improvised by the actors which is probably why the movie was so funny. Usually, I can’t laugh at most jokes because they feel too scripted, but this time, it worked!
Of course, we still had the same characters from the previous two movies, with the addition of Bruce Banner aka The Hulk, but we were introduced to a couple of new characters of well. And let me talk to you about those new characters, because damn! Valkyrie was amazing, I loved her so much and I hope we get to see much more of her in the future. Hela was SO AMAZING WOW, partly of course because she was played by the great Cate Blanchett, but damn her character was great and evil and wow. This whole movie I kept thinking ‘this is the Galadriel we deserved’, no shade towards either Tolkien or Peter Jackson but we could have had it all. Bamf elf lady, gimme.View Spoiler »What I didn’t like about this movie was that most characters from the previous movie were killed off really early on. I mean Odin died (and I spent half the movie thinking ‘wait but he isn’t really‘ dead right?) And then Fandral and Volstagg died, and then Hogun died. Sif wasn’t in the movie at all (even though I thought Jaimie Alexander had filmed scenes), the science gang (Jane, Darcy, Selvig) from the previous two movies weren’t there at all. The only character from the old movie that was around was Heimdall but damn son, he was F I N E. « Hide Spoiler
Though the movie’s title was Ragnarok it didn’t at all feel like Ragnarok. I mean there was stuff happening and people died and Asgard was attacked but the main movie was really about Thor trying to find his way back to Asgard after being cast out of the Bifrost. Teaming up with The Hulk and Valkyrie and trying not to die in that gladiator arena. So yeah, maybe the title is a little bit misleading (though I mean the last part of the movie was very Ragnarok-y), it was still an amazing movie and I sat on the edge of my seat for most of it.
There were plenty of references to the actual Norse myths, like certain characters from the stories appearing, but there was one thing that bothered me a lot. I know this movie isn’t really about the mythology and I know they don’t have to do everything the same but… really? View Spoiler »Hela suddenly was the older sister of Loki and Thor. Yeah no, that’s not happening. In the myths and even in the Marvel comics she is Loki’s daughter. I kind of get why they changed it, but still, it felt a bit off to me. Oh well. « Hide Spoiler
In the end, I loved Thor: Ragnarok, and I highly recommend it to you if you loved Guardians of the Galaxy (I mean if you love Marvel movies you should definitely see it, what are you doing why aren’t you seeing it?). You technically don’t need to have seen any previous Marvel movies, though I do recommend watching the other Thor movies because they help you understand certain elements of the movie (especially near the beginning), but honestly, go and see this movie!