Starring Chris Hemsworth as the titular Thor, Cate Blanchett as the movie’s villain, Hela, and Mark Ruffalo returning as the Hulk, this third film in the Thor movie series is the best yet. The previous two Thor movies played almost out of obligation. “Ok, we’ve got to make a Thor movie, but who cares about Thor?”, one can almost hear the film studio executives discussing.
Perhaps taking a cue from the unexpectedly popular Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 1, this movie is a lot more fun and entertaining than one might expect. Thor’s character is emotionally toned quite differently than in his previous iterations. This Thor is more happy-go-lucky, cracking jokes and enjoying his cinematic ride, seemingly knowing as the audience does that nothing too bad is going to happen in this comic book movie.
Thor begins the movie imprisoned in a secluded ‘realm’ of the Marvel universe and after escaping, quickly encounters the villain of the film, Hela who threatens the very existence of Thor’s home world Asgard. Before being able to face down the end of his kingdom, he is sidetracked into a garbage world to face the Hulk in a gladatorial arena for the musings of the Grandmaster, played humorously by Jeff Goldblum. Thor is able to escape his gladatorial chains and battle Hela for the remaining vestiges of his forsaken Asgard.
It almost feels like the story doesn’t really matter in these kinds of movies; that the draw isn’t insight into the human experience, but rather the mindless cinematic roller coaster that these characters are able to platform. It functions and seems to want to function as an effective enough escape from reality, briefly touching on what it means to be a hero while investing heavily in plot devices and spectacle.
Thor: Ragnarok is a little light on meaning and heavy on the jokes, but for the most part, it’s what a comic book movie should be: fun, entertaining, and enjoyable from beginning to end.
Article Written By Nick Murillo
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