The latest film to emerge out of the Marvel Universe (17th, to be precise), Thor Ragnarok is a refreshingly entertaining superhero action flick, perfect for a weekend trip to the cinema with family and/or friends.
Cast (in alphabetical order): Anthony Hopkins, Benedict Cumberbatch, Cate Blanchett, Chris Hemsworth, Clancy Brown, Idris Elba, Jaimie Alexander, Jeff Goldblum, Karl Urban, Mark Ruffalo, Sam Neill, Taika Waititi, Tessa Thompson, Tom Hiddleston.
Directed by: Taika Waititi
Plot:!! WARNING: Possible Spoilers Ahead !!
Thor:Ragnarok is set two years after the Battle of Sokovia (taking off where Avengers: Age of Ultron ended).The initial sequence of the movie starts off with Thor, the Norse god of thunder, imprisoned in chains and about to be barbecued by a fire demon called Surtur. Surtur reveals that Thor’s father Odin is no longer in Asgard, which will soon be destroyed by Ragnarok, or the “end of days” that has been foretold in an ancient prophecy. After defeating Surtur, Thor sets off on a quest with his step-brother (and former arch-enemy) Loki, to find Odin (who is obviously a god himself).
Thor and Loki find Odin on Earth. Odin warns them that he is dying and that his death will set his firstborn, Hela, free from the prison she was jailed in a long time ago. Things happen as predicted and Thor and Loki find themselves combatting Hela, who turns out to be much more powerful than them. She even destroys Thor’s hammer! Hela forces Thor and Loki out into the space to die, but Thor lands on the garbage-planet of Sakaar. It is ruled by a being called Grandmaster, who makes Thor one of his gladiators. Thor is forced to compete in a Contest of Champions against none other than his fellow Avenger, Hulk. The rest of the story revolves around how Thor convinces Hulk and others to return to Asgard to save it from Hela’s tyranny and certain annihilation.
As far as the story treatment goes, the third installment of the Thor series is totally different from the previous two movies. While they were more serious and heavy-handed, Thor:Ragnarok is more humorous and snappy. The visuals are much more colorful and the music is energetic with a distinct 80’s feel.
As far as the acting is concerned, both Chris Hemsworth and Mark Ruffalo are given a lot more margin to perform. Jeff Goldblum as the Grandmaster is deceptively sinister and Cate Blanchett looks like she’s enjoying herself too much to care about the sheer predictability of the story. Yup, the story arc is pretty much what you expect from a Marvel, or even DC, movie. But that doesn’t mean it’s a bad movie. In fact, it is one of the most refreshing and entertaining movie to come out of the Marvel Universe in a long time.
Verdict: Thor:Ragnarok will most probably not become your most favorite movie, but it is definitely worth a watch (don’t forget to take your 3D glasses )