The god of thunder is back for his third solo run and better than ever before. “Thor: Ragnarok” achieves what the most recent solo films haven’t, managing to be both fun and action packed while being wholly focused on the individuals name that’s in the title.
Thor films have often been my personal favorite for the simple fact that they’re set apart and there’s little chance of me having to see Tony Stark or any other random Avenger for no reason. I just get to enjoy a godly adventure where Thor actually gets to develop as an individual throughout the films. And while there were a couple other’s in this one that was still absolutely the case this time around (though I could have done without the Strange cameo).
With the apocalypse looming Thor sets out to save his people and Chris Hemsworth gets to embrace this character for what will likely be the last time in his own film. Hemsworth is funny, a thing more people need to realize, and while previous movies have only somewhat capitalized on that fact director Taika Waititi ran with it brilliantly. The humor, not just from Hemsworth, isn’t constant but it’s there and it’s always funny.
One of the funniest parts being the sibling banter that’s always been delightful between Thor and Loki. Tom Hiddleston has been playing the conniving Loki for a while now and this film did something unexpected: it let his character grow. Whereas the last film duped growth, this one actually showed him being more than just a trickster; it let him be the man that Thor believes him to be.
The women of this film however are the ones that truly steal every scene. Cate Blanchett is devilishly divine as Hela, not only looking like a conqueror but sounding and carrying herself like a true evil threat. Tessa Thompson is fantastic as Valkyrie, she’s fun, she’s badass and she manages to outshine every man in this film with ease simply through the way she commands the screen.
Waititi directed this movie in inventive ways that made it stand out from the other Marvel films in tone. He used the fact that these characters are in other realms with fantastical things to his advantage, giving the film a slightly wild look that visually appealed. Waititi also managed to be a scene stealer playing the delightful revolutionary Korg.
Other bits you have to love: seeing the warriors three even if they all die immediately, Idris Elba being the ultimate kind badass Heimdall who frankly should be ruling the Asgardians, Anthony Hopkins final bow as Odin, Jeff Goldblum being just delightfully Goldblum and the surprisingly well done use of Hulk/Bruce Banner.
Overall Thor movies just keep getting better. Some people will probably hate this one, they’ll say it’s too funny or the use of music should be kept to “Guardians of the Galaxy” films but that’s what makes the one so great. Every Thor film feels like a unique experience and this one might be the most unique film in Marvel’s entire universe.
I look forward to seeing Thor, now all ultra-powered to the point that he’s rendered all the other Avengers practically useless and one eyed, again. It’s a shame this is likely the last Hemsworth led Thor film but if it is the last they truly went out of the highest of high notes.