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Film Review: Thor Ragnarok!

Thor: Ragnarok

(Stream the movie HERE)

Director: Taika Waititi
Writers: Eric Pearson, Craig Kyle
Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett

First Thoughts:

If you’re a rabid Marvel fan who believes all cinematic versions of Marvel Comics must be exactly canon to the original issues, I’m afraid you’ll be sadly disappointed in this film.

I’ve been into comics and the graphic arts several decades and must say this Thor film was a lot of fun.

SURTUR_FENRIS-WOLF_CONFIRMED_THOR-RAGNAROKStory & Plot:

Thor was a lot of fun. We start out with a fight with Surtur, a giant fire being who brags to Thor he will tear down Asgard. Thor has other ideas and with some Spiderman-type banter, shows Sutur who is boss.

Meantime back on Asgard, Loki impersonating Odin is getting out of hand.

Love the cameo with Dr. Strange and the bottomless mug of ale.

But I digress.

The film was more lighthearted than the earlier Thor films. The concepts of brothers coming together for a common enemy when they find themselves stranded on Skaar, where Hulk fights in gladiator fights for the last two years was cool, but not overdone.

In the comics Loki kills everybody. In the film Lady Hela, the goddess of Death kills everyone, or nearly so.

Some comedy relief is good though the film goes too far in their comedy and seems to forget there is a story and plot going on. That’s the only part of the film I didn’t like – too much of a good thing, Marvel.

Stan Lee appearance was largely forgettable as the gladiator barber. Jeff Goldbloom as the grand master of Skaar was an interesting casting choice. Haven’t seen him since Jurassic Park!

Final Thoughts:

Great performances by Tessa Thompson as the hard drinking Valkyrie, who cannot face her failures with Asgard. She was a standout for sure.

SPOILER: The ending was fine, and seems in line with the comics – will Asgardians become a nomad race drifting towards Earth? And what was that giant starship in the neighborhood?
END SPOILER

Recommended, three stars out of five.

 

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