Review of THOR RAGNAROK (2017)

by on November 6, 2017

in Entertainment, movie reviews

This movie review starts with a benign sort of no-spoiler take, but I do start flinging spoilers out there about halfway down the article. Don’t worry. I warn you before I spout.

Marvel’s Thor Ragnarok is a different kind of Marvel film, peppered with some classic rock, family issues, believing in your own power and what it means to have a home. If you like the humor in the Marvel films, and you like the Thor film franchise, I do believe you will love this film beyond all compare! If not, no worries, I think you will still feel like you did not waste your money!

Imprisoned on the other side of the universe, the mighty Thor finds himself in a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against the Hulk, his former ally and fellow Avenger. Thor’s quest for survival leads him in a race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela from destroying his home world and the Asgardian civilization.

Chris Hemsworth Films.

Marvel took a chance on relatively new to the realm of tent-pole movies with director Taika Waititi whose resume includes Hunt for the Wilderpeople & What We Do In The Shadows.  But Waititi stood boldly in the shoes he had to fill, considering rumors out there say that he started the rumor that the film is only 90 minutes long! Yep, very daring soul. The film had the usual sense of humor we see in Marvel films, but it could almost be considered too much of a good thing, where many of the characters had the same sense of humor. Which is odd at best. As far as seriousness goes, this film definitely stands on the other end of the spectrum from Civil War for sure.

The cast includes Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Hopkins and Benedict Cumberbatch. (Check out below in my spoilers section for some secret cameos)

Oh, where do I start?

Hemsworth demonstrates just how good of a bad day Thor can have. Be prepared because Hemsworth is “rebooting” Thor into a slightly more humorous sort of character, since he and some fans were a bit frustrated with the older, more serious version of Thor in the last few films. Though I have enjoyed the character through the previous films because when he did pop up some humor, it was grand, compared to his serious god-of-thunder mode he usually exudes.

Hiddleston gives us yet another classic Loki, god of mischief show. Though I can’t put my finger on it, something was missing from Loki’s presence and I’m not sure what. It was almost as if some of his classic flair was gone. Whether this was intentional or something the director instilled, I’m not sure.

Cate Blanchett is a wonderfully insidious evil god that’s almost fun to watch. She puts on a good show when she kicks ass, and has the ‘tude to back it up.

Hulk’s part in the film, where Thor is confronting Hulk in a gladiatorial setting on the planet Sakaar, comes from the Planet Hulk comic story arc. Since at this time Marvel can’t have a solo Hulk film they’re doing the next best thing and have included him in this movie. In Hulk’s role, we learn that it’s been two years since we saw him take off in the Quinjet at the end of Age of Ultron. And we’ve learned a thing or two new about Hulk/Banner. One being that he’s been Hulk for this entire time.

Hulk is fierce, but oddly, well, funny at times too. Almost like he’s the comic relief at times. And to be honest, there are some amazingly funny moments with him, especially in act three when Banner… well… you’ll see. But it is a gem.

I always enjoy Idris Elba and Karl Urban in almost anything they do. Elba was the classic Heimdall but he was pushed to use the big ‘ol key of a sword and though it was Karl Urban, I had to stare to make sure it was Urban.

I like this new hero Valkyrie, played wonderfully by Tessa Thompson. Boy, can Valkyrie drink!

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So like I said, the humor is very well timed and delivered, which is something that DC/WB has yet to totally pull off. But there was almost too much of it. Unless that’s what they’re shooting for, a more comedic, not take ourselves too seriously kind of heroes.

But there are a few things that bother me.

Following could be considered light Thor: Ragnarok spoilers:

How can our God of Thunder go toe-to-toe with a god, and still be taken down by a stun device? Then again, we saw human sedatives take him down in the first Thor film too. I’m confused a little, but I’m letting the tone of the humor take the helm for now.)

How is it Loki can switch intentions so so quickly? One moment he’s helping, the next he’s hindering, then the moment after that, he’s helping again.

We’ve all seen the previews, right? With that said, I do love when he learns that he’s the God of Thunder, not the “God of Hammers!” Boom! But I am going to miss his hammer because I loved that humming whine the hammer gave off when it flew. And it came back, and sought out his companion, Thor. Sniff…

I’m not happy about his comrades getting killed off so easily, just to wipe the slate clean for Thor to start over. These were childhood friends of Thor’s! (See below.)

And that Thor: Ragnarok mid-credits scene is something. And yes, it’s what you think. (See below)

These are serious Thor: Ragnarok Spoilers …

(Just go see the movie and be done with it! Right?)

According to sources, the giant ship that Thor’s ship encounters is indeed Thano’s ship, (Per a few online reports) and we are now surmising that things don’t go well for the surviving Asgardians in Thor’s ship, considering rumors are suggesting that our God of Thunder is found floating in space by the Guardians of the Galaxy in Avengers: Infinity War.

Also, yes, in some previews, we saw Hela destroying Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir, in an alleyway. But then, the last trailer and scenes in the movie show her destroying it in a nice, pretty, open field.

Yes, Odin just died, releasing Hela. And the director has been noted to saying that when he passes, he wanted a much better scene than some dark, dirty alley.

‘Nuff said, right?

Well, except for the fact that…

In previews, we see lighting coursing from Thor’s body, including both eyes. But in the film, Thor loses an eye. Now he’s sporting an eye patch.

BUT then, in promo pics for Avengers Infinity War, he also had both eyes.

BUT THEN, that was all marketing trickery by Marvel to keep it from fans that Thor loses an eye in Ragnarok. Nice, huh?

So Banner has been stuck as The Hulk for two years straight? And Bruce Banner is afraid of letting the creature loose again because he fears not being able to get him back under control? Are we seeing a regression of how The Hulk used to be from the comic pages, where Banner had no control over Hulk in the early years of this franchise? It has me wondering.

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Thor: Ragnarok Secret Cameo Appearances

When you watch the movie, you’ll see a scene where “Odin” (Loki in disguise) is watching a play being reenacting the end scene of Thor: The Dark World.

But pay very close attention. In that scene, the on-stage Odin is played by Sam Neill, on-stage Thor, who looks pretty spot on, is played by Chris Hemsworth’s brother Luke Hemsworth and the on-stage Loki is played by Matt Damon.

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Hela Calls Out The Infinity Gauntlet in Odin’s Vault

I love when Hela is going through the armory vault below the castle on Asgard, and Hela calls out the Infinity Gauntlet as a fake and knocks it to the ground. LOL.

Which also fixes a small continuity problem with movie fans having seen the gauntlet in the first Thor film, with all the Infinity Stones affixed to it. We then later learn that the stones were actually scattered throughout the universe, well, people were like, whaaaa?

There, fixed.

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Did Hela die? Are the Asgardians doomed?

Though everything is based LOOSELY on the comics, you may wish to take this with a grain of salt,

In the Marvel Comics realm, Ragnarok is a cycle of birth and death. All Asgardians were gone for a long time after Ragnarok took place but Thor came out of it and he rebuilt Asgard in a small town in Oklahoma. It’s here that he found his fellow Asgardians by locating their spirits within mortals. And one of those spirits was Hela. This would also make room for returning the Warriors Three, Odin and Frigga from death too.  (Yea, the Warriors Three died with barely a fight when Hela shows up.)

Then again, right now, in the comics, Hela and Thanos have a thing going. So maybe the movie writers tap into that idea.

Who knows. We’ll see.

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It’s All In the Family

And in the movie, Hela is Thor’s and Loki’s older sister, rightful heir to the throne of Asgard when Odin dies. So she really had grounds for her perspective.

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SECOND BEST SCENE EVER – Recreating The “Puny God” Scene From The Avengers

As we all might remember in The Avengers first film, Hulk calls Loki a puny god, and beats the ground with his limp, flinging body.

When you go see Thor: Ragnarok, during the gladiator fight between Thor and Hulk, Hulk gets ahold of Thor’s legs and slams him into the ground exactly like he did to Loki.

Loki, having wormed his way into the box seat of The Grandmaster to watch the games, when he sees the Thor beat down, jumps up and yells, “Yea, that’s how that feels!!!”

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