Thor Ragnarok

thor_ragnarok-115636540-largeThe third movie in the Thor series has just come out in theaters.  I’ve had trouble with the first two Thor movies, having fallen asleep part way through both of them.  Honestly, I’m not sure if I’ve watched either in their entirety.  They just knocked me out.  This one did not.  It has an overall more ‘fun’ tone than the previous two.  It doesn’t take itself too seriously and is just plain fun!

The story begins with Thor defeating Surtur and discovering that Loki has been masquerading as Odin.  Odin dies shortly thereafter, Thor’s sister Hela(the goddess of death) is released from prison, and the story kicks into gear and doesn’t slow down until it ends!

Thor is quickly exiled to the planet of Sakaar, where he is soon enslaved and forced to fight the champion of the Grandmaster(excellently portrayed by Jeff Goldblum), who just happens to be the Hulk.  The battle between the two is a lot of fun, and even has a throwback to the first Avengers movie, as Thor gets tossed around just like Loki did.

I liked Cate Blanchett as Hela, as she oozed villainy throughout the film, and they did a great job portraying her as unstoppable.  They also did a great job adding character to the Hulk, not just Bruce Banner.  The two really come across as separate characters, and to finally see some personality out of the Hulk side is a nice change.  Loki was again excellent, and allowing Thor to utilize some of Chris Hemsworth’s comedic talents brought the film up another level above the previous installments in the series.

The movie was incredibly well paced, and for a change takes advantage of the fact that it has an incredibly charismatic cast.  I can honestly say there isn’t one character that I found to be a weak link in the film.  They were all good, and served the story.  Nothing felt tacked on.

I would say that this is one of the strongest Marvel films to date.  It is by far and away the best Thor movie, and totally worth watching.

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