Thor: Ragnarok is a reboot of sorts for the Thor character whilst staying within the current Marvel universe guidelines and storyline. I won’t spoil the film with the details, but whatever you’ve gleaned from the trailers is pretty much all you need to know anyway.At a two hour runtime, there isn’t alot of fat in Thor: Ragnarok. Taika Waititi keeps it all moving and the film moves at a fast pace pausing only for some awkward or understated humour, but blends really well. This film seems to have taken its colour palate from Guardians Of The Galaxy. It is bright and colourful with plenty of depth. Waititi is known for his brand of laughs which are there in spades, but he also proves that he knows how to stage some amazing shots (which I won’t mention for spoiler reasons).
Hemsworth and Hiddleston slip back into their roles seamlessly. Hemsworth gets more of a chance to be funny and it’s a good move because he has some great comic timing. Thor is played with the trademark ego, but also as a bit of a lovable lunk, which is interesting because that other big lunk, the Hulk, is in the film. The Hulk (not Banner) is in the film for some time and the dynamic plays better than you would think, with Hulk basically playing a pouty toddler and Thor as his slightly older, and in this case, smarter sibling. It’s a dichotomy when Hulk is in Banner form and Thor takes back the big physical presence and Banner the brains. Of course, one cannot forget to mention the Thor v Hulk arena battle. It is a highlight and they utilise the humour and the action to great effect. Tessa Thompson plays Valkyrie with swagger, getting her chance to play the comedic and heroic role despite the character being somewhat underwritten. Every Marvel film needs a villain and, if we are being honest, with the exception of Loki (who plays both sides), they’ve all been really under utilised. Enter Hela (Blanchett). Now, we finally have a Marvel villain that has a legitimate reason (beyond world domination/revenge – although that is part of it) for her actions. Blanchett rides the scenery chewing line, occasionally dipping into it. However, I do think that is ok. She genuinely looks like she is having the time of her life playing the Goddess of Death. She is the best villain thus far in this universe and I really hope it is not that last we see of her. A special mention goes to Korg (voiced by Waititi) who almost managed to steal the show, with his quips and his high pitched, softly spoken New Zealand accent. Lastly, we have the Grandmaster, which is just Jeff Goldblum doing Jeff Goldblum, and… IT. IS. GLOURIOUS.
Thor: Ragnarok manages to make the Thor series interesting again after the disappointing Thor: The Dark World. It is certainly the most enjoyable Thor film and would take its place amongst the better MCU films. This isn’t to say that the film is perfect. Hulk talks in full conversations with Thor, despite never talking like this before. It isn’t acknowledged by Thor in anyway, not even a throwaway line referencing it. Plus, there are a few more moments that irked me slightly, but I won’t discuss them as they veer into spoiler territory. Despite these (albeit minor) quibbles, this is a great ride.