Movie Review – Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
In the third instalment of the Thor storyline, we see serious problems in Asgard, and Thor trapped without his hammer and unable to help in time. Hela, a dangerous and powerful woman from the past, has returned with a mission to destroy Asgard and enslave everyone. Thor must get back to save his home, and at the same time, find allies in strange places along the way.
With this third Thor film, the producers have finally done the right thing with this franchise, which is turn to comedy as opposed to only action sequences. The comedy in this film is present throughout, and it is completely successful. Although over the top once or twice, for the most part it is spot-on, with fun and laughs all the way through this action-packed visual feast.
The visual effects and bright colours in this film are incredible, and are truly a spectacle to watch. The plot, although not always airtight, keeps things moving at a brisk pace. We meet new and returning characters throughout, including great performances by Benedict Cumberbatch (doctor Strange) and Mark Ruffalo (Hulk) who join Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and provide fantastic comic relief as well as furthering the action.
The villain Hela (played expertly by Cate Blanchett) is fantastic, and a great adversary for the main cast of heroes. Hela adds intensity and power to the storyline, and furthers along the suspense and force.
In summary, this is a fantastic action film, but what it does better than prior Thor films is combine an action film with great comedy throughout, so not only are we watching action-packed superhero scenes, but also laughing throughout. It’s great to see this series not take itself too seriously. It definitely works better this way.
Overall: 4 stars out of 5 stars.