Movies for Breakfast THOR RAGNAROK Review

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Thor is back, and this time he looks a little different with some changes that make this a Thor movie worth checking out for sure.

Synopsis

Thor is imprisoned on the planet Sakaar, and must race against time to return to Asgard and stop Ragnarök, the destruction of his world, at the hands of the powerful and ruthless villain Hela.

Review

Thor Ragnarok released in 2017 as a sequel to Thor The Dark World which released four years prior and making it the third movie in the Thor line of films. This time directed by Taika Waititi the film took an entirely different approach to the character than the previous two movies, opting for a more comical and colorful aesthetic rather than the darker tone from before. The film brought together Thor, Loki, and Hulk from the previous films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as well as introducing some new cast members such as Cate Blanchett as Hela, Jeff Goldblum as Grandmaster, and Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie.

Thor Ragnarok takes place following the events of Avengers Age of Ultron. After seeing visions of the incoming ragnarok which will destroy Asguard, Thor has been on a quest to see if he can stop it. After Thor is convinced he has done everything possible to stop Ragnarok he returns to Asguard to find that Loki has taken the place of Odin, with Odin missing. After finding Odin back on Earth, Odin warns Thor that he is about to Pass and as such Thor’s sister Hela will return and conquer Asguard. Odin passes, and Hela appears, immediately showing herself as a threat by effortlessly destroying Mjolnir. To get back to Asguard via the Bifrost bridge, Loki and Thor get thrown out and eventually come to be on another planet. Bent on returning to Asguard and protecting it from Hela, Thor allies himself with the Hulk who has landed on the same planet after the events of Age of Ultron and is there as a champion in an event known as the Contest of Champions held by The Grandmaster.

Thor Ragnarok is a mess of a storyline, but somehow it works out and is a very entertaining movie. The story shifts between two primary locations, Asguard and Sakaar. On Asguard, Hela has arrived and is taking over as the new ruler. On Sakaar, Thor is trying to find a way to get back to Asguard to protect it from Hela. The plotlines are separate from each other, which makes this movie feel like two entirely different movies have been put together, as the events on Asguard and the events on Sakaar do not interact with each other at all throughout the film. It does get annoying at times, but both stories have their moments. The primary focus of the story takes place on Sakaar where Thor and Loki end up, and they run into an Asgardian Valkyrie there as well as the Hulk. Which the Hulk ends up shining as one of the best parts of this film, and there is a subplot going on that starts in this movie regarding the relationship of Bruce Banner and Hulk. The interaction between Thor and Hulk/Bruce Banner is an interesting one as well, as his arrogance makes him switch sides on who is better as they each take control of their shared body. It leads to some good laughs.

Which is the biggest part of this movie that makes it a success, the jokes are actually fun, and the character interactions just add to the humor. Watching Thor talk with Hulk about how he never liked Banner to get Hulk on his side is great, to then have him pull the reverse once Banner is back in control. The constant one upping that Hulk and Thor pull on each other as well, on who is the strongest, is another aspect that manages to get a good chuckle every time. Even on a second viewing the jokes are still funny, and the interactions between characters feel genuine. Even though Thor is more likely to crack a joke in this film, he still has a large ego about him and his character doesn’t really change too much from his previous movies. The difference here being that the world around him is a lot brighter and fun, and it bounces off his character as well. The tone is even heightened when Loki is around, as the same banter the two would share in previous films is still there, but here is feels in place.

As the surrounding characters are more lighthearted and even the villain of the Grandmaster on Sakaar is a very lighthearted villain, being more selfish and wanting entertainment than doing anything truly evil. Aside from the fact he is enslaving an entire planet, he even has fun with it and prefers to not think that’s what he is doing. The plotline on Sakaar is enough of a film in of itself. On the other end of the movie there are the events of Asguard, which feel more like the previous Thor films in plot. Hela is taking over Asguard and killing anyone that stands in her way to the throne. This involves some amazing action scenes as she effortlessly takes down entire armies protecting Asguard. She then reveals the darker past of Asguard in the process which is nice to get some backstory into how Odin came to be the king of the nine realms. Hela is a Thor villain that was done correctly, and she feels terrifying. Not only is she capable of fighting Thor without much effort, but she won’t let anyone step in her way as she gets what she wants.


Closing Thoughts

Thor Ragnarok is a very fun Marvel movie and is easily the best of the three Thor films. It has two good villains that are completely different from each other in Grandmaster and Hela. It brings together the two strongest members of the Avengers, Thor and Hulk, to fight side by side. It is overall a very bright and colorful movie, that looks out of place when put next to the previous two Thor films. It isn’t without its issue though as the movie feels like two entirely different films were pieced together, which does lead to some strange tone shifts at times, and both storylines are interesting with the Asguard storyline seeming to suffer due to time constraints. Overall Thor Ragnarok is a very important movie and explains where Hulk and Thor were during the events of Captain America Civil War. I highly recommend going back and watching this movie again, but it can probably be skipped if doing only the essentials of rewatching the Marvel Cinematic Universe in preparation for Endgame.