Thor: Ragnarok Review


By: Ethan August

I have been a fan of Marvel movies since being a fan of Marvel movies was a thing. Some of my favorite movies of all time (Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man, Doctor Strange) are Marvel productions, so going into Thor: Ragnarok, a movie with already high praise and absurd amounts of promotion, I had almost impossible expectations.

Somehow this movie was able to live up to those expectations, and more. Thor: Ragnarok is a masterpiece of the action genre, bringing everything we love about superhero movies and saying, “Okay, that’s good. Now how about we make it BETTER?” Its plot is fairly straightforward. The movie outlines the story of Thor, the prince of Asgard. He has recurring dreams of Ragnarok, or the end of everything, and does everything he can to prevent it before it happens. But he ends up being cast away by his sister to the faraway land of Sakaar, and must make it back to Asgard in order to prevent Ragnarok. The most notable piece of this film is the performances by the actors. With their high budget and good management, Marvel brought together an all-star cast for Thor. Chris Hemsworth is even better than he has been in previous installments, with a much more light-hearted version of the long-haired Norse god of thunder. Tom Hiddleston does fantastic as his classic role as the god of mischief, Loki. He does what every good sidekick should do- play well off of the lead. Cate Blanchett is wildly badass as the villain Hela, the goddess of death. And Jeff Goldblum of Jurassic Park fame is very funny in his usual awkward, stuttering persona as the Grandmaster. Idris Elba and Mark Ruffalo also add in well as supporting actors.

The film has a very comedy/quippy based approach, even more so than previous Marvel films, and the comedy does not set off the serious storyline, but rather does well to help it along. These jokes are some of the most well thought out and well-written of almost any movie I’ve seen before. But what Thor: Ragnarok does best is put a very clear emphasis on having a fun time at the movies. It never fails in delivering that, with a well selected song as the background for the high action scenes (Immigrant Song, Led Zeppelin) and fantastically vivid battle scenes. I would give Thor Ragnarok 3 1/2 stars out of 4.











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