Thor: Ragnarok Movie Review:
Thor makes a come-back:
Thor: Ragnarok is the third movie of the Thor trilogy and the seventeenth movie in Marvel’s cinematic universe and the final instalment in Marvel’s phase three segment of movies, giving way to Marvel’s Phase 4; which will include the finale: Infinity Wars.
Thor: Ragnarok is probably the best Thor movie in the series and the perfect cap on Marvel’s Phase 3 universe, concluding a lot of Thor Universe plotholes and character arcs, coming full circle and standing up above other superhero movies alongside Iron Man 1 and Guardians of the Galaxy. It was both a masterpiece of superhero cinema and comic-book to film translation, giving us a combination of clever humour, action and solid and relatable story.
Though with all it’s glam, and I am nitpicking when I say this, but the humour very meta, making fun of jokes and storylines from previous Thor movies, which, is funny, but not original, and if you’ve watched the Thor and Avenger movies a few times, you’ll laugh at its throwbacks. Maybe I’m just tired of movies making fun of themselves a bit, though, in all, it’s still very funny.
The Best and Worst Performances:
I’ve always had a problem with Villians in the Marvel universe, always seemingly struggling to create an interesting bad guy and then when they do, kill them off before they develop into something interesting.
I’m pleased to see Cate Blanchett’s Hella, Goddess of Death does not fall into the category of the forgettable villain like so many others. Hella has interesting and relatable motivations, with the interesting power to match and keep our heroes in near peril throughout the movie. Blanchett’s portrayal too, stellar, a performance we’ve not had the pleasure of enjoying in many a movie villain throughout the past two phases.
Christopher Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston naturally have outstanding performances and probably their best performances as Thor and Loki respectively. You really feel that they have real chemistry and a history in Thor: Ragnarok, it’s both entertaining and fun to watch and I hope this won’t be the last time we see the two together.
Mark Ruffalo’s Incredible Hulk was great! Though, the weakest performance for me, The Hulk; while I understand is quite literally a hulking punching bad ass, came across as silly and dumb. I understand that is how The Hulk is, non-intelligent, but, it was odd. Though I do appreciate the attempt to bring The Hulk into a more interesting role rather than just a smashing monster, I hope, leading the way to an eventual World War Hulk spin-off.
Finally; The Valkyrie: Tessa Thompson, was both visually intriguing and artistically brilliant! Every time Valkyrie was on screen, it was a treat, both in Thompson’s acting and her portrayal of Valkyrie, an absolute pleasure! A cocky, no-nonsense, strong female character, with all the tropes of an original Han Solo with the charm of Princess Leia. Apparently, Valkyrie is also, according to Inverse, Marvel’s first bisexual character, which I didn’t even pick-up on. Sure, there wasn’t any romantic chemistry between Valkyrie and Thor or any other male character, which was refreshing; we didn’t have those weird love scenes as often, so, hey, maybe! Decide for yourself.
According to Inverse, Valkyrie’s sexuality was confirmed by actress Tessa Thompson on Twitter: “Actress Tessa Thompson tweeted on Saturday that her Thor: Ragnarok character is bisexual, a disclosure that’s led many outlets to announce Thompson’s Valkyrie as the first openly LGBTQ character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This is as much a culturally significant announcement as it is a complicated one: Thompson’s dedication to presenting her character in a way that respects her sexuality in the comics is unique, but there’s no actual evidence of Valkyrie’s bisexuality in the movie. It’s a step towards a direction where the inclusion of LGBTQ characters is the influential norm, but it’s far from a movie studio celebrating a bisexual hero.”
Personally, whichever sexuality Valkyrie identifies with, she was great and definitely one of the best characters to come out of Thor: Ragnarok!
Should you Watch Thor: Ragnarok?
Yes, without a doubt one of the most entertaining superhero movies this year and a great movie in itself! Worth spending a bit of money on and enjoying with your friends.