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"Thor Ragnarok"

by Nicholas Mazur
Tue, Nov 14th 2017 10:00 pm

Grab your uru hammers and bright red capes, it’s time to Ragnarock and roll with Thor and the gang!

            If you’ve seen “Thor: The Dark World”, prepare for something completely different. Where that movie seemed to be infatuated with dark, dank greys and blacks, “Thor: Ragnarok” is an unending cavalcade of colors. It seems also that the director took a page from the “Guardians of the Galaxy” book on how to make a great soundtrack and filled the movie with a fantastic track list of original composition, as well as classic songs like Led Zepplin’s “Immigrant Song”.

Much to the antithesis of “Thor: The Dark World”, there was not a single serious moment in the movie that was not capped off by a quick hilarious joke. This movie was insistent on not taking itself too seriously in just the right way. The cast list was absolutely perfect. I haven’t been this intrigued by the Thor/Loki brother dynamic since the original Thor movie in 2011. The Hulk, Valkyrie and even the new character Korg provided an excellent cast of side characters.

 The villains, too often neglected, also received the royal treatment in this movie. Sticking to the strong theme of family that works very well in a Thor film, the villain in this film is Thor and Loki’s older sister, Hela, the goddess of death. She is a fantastic villain who isn’t unnecessarily sexualized, is just the right amount of evil and likable and has a solid side villain in Skurge, who kept my theater-mates thinking right up until the end that he had no redemption in him.

The two strongest points in this movie are certainly the following: the first is the destruction of Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir. Getting rid of Thor’s hammer (and sneaking in some solid Mjolnir jokes before that) opens up his character for so much more growth, learning to cope with the loss of something he considered part of his identity. 

The other strongest point, something I noticed only because I watched all the trailers religiously, is the misdirection. There are at least two major plot points in the movie shown in the trailers which were changed subtly so that the audience could experience them fresh and unspoiled. In this culture of constant spoilers, it was nice to have the big twists remain unspoiled for me.

All things considered, this movie is absolutely perfect. Marvel has a tendency to think they have to make comic book characters grittier and edgier to translate them to the big screen. If you want a colorful, ridiculous, solid adventure with your favorite of hammers—sorry, thunder, then this is the movie for you!

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