Thor: Ragnarok

thor ragnarokThis is one of the best Marvel movies ever! Such a fun film! It was a blast to catch this one in the theater, I highly recommend it if you still have the opportunity…

The story of this 3rd installment in the Thor series of Marvel films centers around Asgard and the legend of Ragnarok which represents a time of upheaval, change and ultimate destruction for the realm of the god of thunder. Delivering this chaos is Thor’s long lost sister Hela, the goddess of death after she is released from her imprisonment by their father Odin. Hela (played by the fantastic Cate Blanchett) reigns down war and violence upon the realm of Asgard bringing to its inevitable collapse.

There are a number of reasons this film is awesome, one of which is the boldness of change both in the universe the story is set in but also in the character of Thor himself. There’s an arc here that’s playing out across the numerous films in the canon as the son of Odin continues to evolve and grow. Chris Helmsworth added his own flavor of change requesting that his character lose his legendary locks as well as his beloved hammer Mjolnir.

Visually the film is stunning as it’s set in the realm of Asgard on a number of planets with numerous alien characters as well as some familiar faces. The effects and the action are really engaging and keep things moving along nicely while not getting in the way of the storyline. It’s fun to watch Thor and the Hulk go at it again then uniting against Hela with the aid of Loki, Heimdall and the new Valkyrie character that’s been introduced. Dr. Strange makes an appearance too as does Odin. Luckily, no Natalie Portman this time as apparently Thor and Jane have broken up (thank the thunder god!).

The acting, writing, effects, and production are all very entertaining! The film flies by and as usual you’ll want to stick around all the way to the very end of the credits as there are 2 bonus scenes this time! The cast includes: Tessa Thompson, Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Hopkins, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, and Karl Urban.

reviewed by Sean McKnight