Marvel has done it. They have finally made an amazing Thor movie. Since the start of the movie franchise within the MCU, it can be easily argued that the Thor movies haven’t been the best. Now this doesn’t mean that the characters are bad, just the story telling… and Jane. They seemed like filler films for the bigger projects, such as Captain America: Civil War (Joe Russo, Anthony Russo, 2016) and both of the Avengers. They act as a solution to please fans by releasing any new Marvel movie every few months but after 6 years we finally have a movie that shows just how great Thor and Marvel can be.
Plot: Hela, the goddess of Death, played by Cate Blanchett plans to take the throne of Asgard. That is all I’m going to say to ensure I stay spoiler free.
Review: Let’s just start by saying that this is by far the best Thor movie they have made. The film has an interesting and dynamic plot, offering more than one main storyline to keep us engaged throughout. It’s funny, emotional and offers all you want from a new Marvel movie. I believe that unlike the two previous films, they never lose focus and keep the audience interested. There is never a dull moment with Ragnarok. This is also one of the funniest Marvel movies. It is very much in league with Deadpool (Tim Miller, 2016) and Guardians of the Galaxy (James Gunn, 2014). There is a mixture of both verbal and visual comedy, showing the less serious nature of Marvel and Thors naive and egotistical nature. My love of Thors character has only grown with this film. There are a number of great one liners and humorous stunts that are sure to put a smile on your face.
In addition, to more comic relief from characters, there are also plenty of emotional moments that can make any viewer care about the plot and the characters. We are given more character development shown within the previous films, from Hulk to Hela and more emotional interactions. You will laugh and then you will cry. Despite, the great character development of Hulk, as a sacrifice we aren’t given much screen time with Bruce Banner. Even when he is on screen, his character doesn’t act like his usual self, confusing the audience. This change can cause Banner fans to either feel upset or love him even more. It’s a brave decision by Marvel and I’m unsure if the risk paid off or not.
Side note: please look out for the many great actor cameos within the film. You will sure to be surprised.
Let’s talk about Hela. We are finally given a great female villain! Marvel took a page from the book of DC and braved it up with a female lead. This is defiantly a step forward for the female fans and gives us woman another power badass to cosplay as. I know that she is evil but she is all powerful and very fabulous. Everyone loves a good villain and I can say with a hand on my heart that I love the goddess of death, thanks to Marvels and Cate’s great portrayal. I look forward to seeing more female representatives within the superhero film industry.
From this film, it is obvious that they took a few features from Guardians of the Galaxy. The style, the look of the characters, the setting and even the great soundtrack are all massive hints. They clearly saw the success of Guardians and wanted the same response from audiences. They seemed to use the old saying of ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’. This removes some sense of separate identity. Thor should have its own style, rather than copying someone else’s. This change of style makes the film feel like it is separate from the other two films. This can be both a pro and con, depending on your love of 1 and 2. I did absolutely love the film but perhaps can be down to how much I love the style of Guardians of the Galaxy, a film they got a lot of inspiration from.