Thor Ragnarok Movie Review

“In Ragnarok, [Surt] will set the world ablaze.” – Demon Compendium from SMT III: Nocturne 

Thor Ragnarok is the third Thor movie, and seventeenth Marvel superhero movie. I believe it is loosely based on comic book event of same name. The movie is made by Disney and Marvel Studios, it was released in November of 2017.

 

Characters

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Thor is the God of Thunder, son of Odin, and a hero (he loves to remind you). He is determined to save his home, Asgard, from any kind of threat, be it gods or monsters. He is hotheaded, but learned to somewhat control this.

 

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Hela is first born of Odin and the Goddess of Death. Because of her determination for totalitarian and military supremacy over all known realms, Odin vanished her from Asgard. Returning from her exile, she once again wants to prove that Asgard alone is the galactic superpower.

 

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Valkyrie is a slave trader that sells gladiators to the Grandmaster. She captures Thor and gives him to the Grandmaster. Somewhere deep down, there may be good inside her, but the alcohol makes it hard to find it.

 

Story

Thor Ragnorak takes place sometime after the events of Avengers 2 and Thor 2. In Avengers 2, Thor see visions of fiery hell and destruction of Asgard and searches the universe for more clues.

Upon his return to Asgard, he finds that things are not prepared for Ragnarok and he is worried. Then, Hela, the Goddess of Death, returns from her exile to take over Asgard as its queen. Hela exiles Thor to somewhere in the universe, and now Thor has to make it back to Asgard, defeat Hela and save the world before it’s too late.

 

the Bad

Honestly, there is not that much to complain about the film. This was a solid movie.

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There weren’t that much surprises in the movie, and the trailers didn’t really help. Imagine if you had no idea that Hulk was going to be in the movie. Yeah. And what do you think will happen in the end? While the ending was not exactly what I expected, I got like 80% of the ending right. Not too much risk was taken.

While nothing was horrible, I just think that the Thor movies are most consistently “okay” Marvel superhero movies. They are not spectacular nor and they horrible. My favorite Marvel superhero movie (by Disney and Marvel) is Iron Man 1, and my least favorite is Iron Man 2. Thor movies are all almost at the center, with this one leaning closer to some of the better movies.

 

the Good

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The characters in this movie are pretty damn great. I think my favorite has to be Korg, a fellow slave gladiator. The way he is so casual about everything from his roommates dying to starting a revolution is pretty good. While everyone is serious, Korg here is just having a jolly ol’ time.

 

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I complain about special effects a lot, but I thought the ones in this movie were pretty convincing. Korg looks great, Fenrir (I think) looks great, and Hulk looks great. Large monsters felt big, and they seemed to carry weight, more than pixels are needed to deliver a presence.

 

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One of the big things that bother me about Marvel movies are that they are afraid of drama. This was most noticeable in Doctor Strange. In Doctor Strange, the movie was so afraid of having drama that it ruined emotional scenes by inserting comedy inappropriately. But Thor Ragnarok seems to caught up on that and held some of its comedy back for more emotional moments in the film.

 

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Thor Ragnarok is about family issues. The movie starts because of Odin’s denial of Hela and his decision to replace her with Thor. Odin of past and Odin of present are very different people, and the two sides are clearly reflected by Hela and Thor, and Loki trying to figure out how to live his own life.

 

Verdict

  • Will I watch it again? Sure, I thought this was a good fun film. I do not regret watching it, and I would be welcome to watching it a couple more times.
  • Do I recommend it? Yeah. This is a pretty good standalone film, in that you only really need to know who Thor, Loki, and Hulk is.

 

Final Thoughts

Thor Ragnarok was a good time, there is no denying that. It is not my favorite Marvel movie, but it was damn enjoyable. This is by far the best Thor film… although that is not saying too much. I thought Thor 1 was okay, and Thor 2 was a step in the right direction, this one was very good. The comedy and the drama were well balanced and it had interesting family dynamics.

I hope you liked this!

Gihoon

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