Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Cate Blanchett
The next chapter in Marvel Cinematic Universe is here with “Thor Ragnarok”. Thor along the Hulk get caught up in their own adventure after not being a part of the epic “Civil War” between Captain America and Iron Man.
I’m a huge fan of the Thor franchise so far, they happen to be some of my favorite films in the MCU! Judging from the trailers, this film seemed to be leaning more towards a “Guardians of the Galaxy” type of vibe instead of the Sci-fi Norse Shakespeare drama that I am accustomed to. And this movie really does follow that lead.
Each of the Thor movies contains a element of comedy in them (Jane running into Thor with her truck a few times comes to mind), but in this film they fully embrace the comedic aspects of the characters while still delivering a kinetic and visually stunning ACTION MOVIE!
Characters: Chris Hemsworth gets to have a lot of fun playing Thor. He’s still able to perfectly convey the goofy prince, mixed with the fearless warrior. Mark Ruffalo is also basking in the comedic beats more than usual as Bruce Banner, but it’s his Hulk that’s almost steals the show. The next Hulk appearance can’t get here fast enough.
Tessa Thompson is every bit of a sexy bad ass Valkyrie that I would want to see. Cate Blanchett is a very determined and twisted villain. Jeff Goldblum is Jeff Goldblum, and there’s nothing wrong with that.
Story: It plays out straight forward, which is great because the audience gets to really enjoy being in these silly moments with the characters instead of waiting for the plot to start peeling back and falling into place. Although that big “Revealing Third Act” element is still here in the movie, the journey getting there is really enjoyable.
I did have a few small quibbles with some elements of the plot, but that may be due to something I didn’t catch during the exposition scenes. I will happily check out the film again to pick up whatever I missed. Including some of the dialog because some jokes had the theater really laughing. Some scenes are incredibly funny, especially if you’ve been watching all the other Marvel movies.
This is a big, fun, colorful goofy comic book movie that manages to tweak the “Thor” formula towards “Guardians” territory, while still keeping its very unique place within the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
*Yes there’s Mid and After credit scenes.
Grade: 4 out of 5