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REVIEW – Thor: Ragnarok

 

 
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Directed by: Taika Waititi
 
Produced by: Kevin Feige
 
Written By: Christopher L. Yost, Eric Pearson and Craig Kyle
 
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Tessa Thompson, Jeff Goldblum, Mark Ruffalo, Idris Elba and Karl Urban
 
MTRCB Rating: PG
 
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A year ago when the film’s announcement, its title logo implying a departure from first two films followed the coming months we’ve seen trailers, TV spots and clips that brought that departure something you couldn’t imagine: the humor, vibrant retro colors and the Led Zeppelin’s The Immigrant song gives that exhilarating feel however, that’s just […]

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Posted October 23, 2017 by

 
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A year ago when the film’s announcement, its title logo implying a departure from first two films followed the coming months we’ve seen trailers, TV spots and clips that brought that departure something you couldn’t imagine: the humor, vibrant retro colors and the Led Zeppelin’s The Immigrant song gives that exhilarating feel however, that’s just how far the third outing wants to be.

After being imprisoned in Sakaar only to be pitted in a gladiatorial tournament, Thor faces his old friend and a fellow Avenger, Bruce Banner AKA The Hulk and must succeed immediately in a race against time to prevent his sister Hela obliterating the Asgardian civilization.

The film’s cold opening, we find Thor confronting Surtur in his volcanic lair, throwing a shade then move on their fight scene when Led Zepplin’s Immigrant song started playing, it was cool and exciting to watch: the guitar rift and exhilarating tone showed Thor’s cool side and exhibiting his prowess of using the Mjolnir.

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Then cut to Asgard in search of his father, exposing Loki posing as Odin, they decided to look for the real one with the help of a familiar ally, that’s where the Ragnarok plot sets in motion: the inevitable fall of Asgard with Hela’s conquest set in motion. Once she made her first entrance projects a formidable, terrifying presence and it was jaw dropping at the same time, she’s this deadly yet graceful bravado thanks to Cate Blanchett’s acting chops.

After losing to Hela cut to a distant planet where Thor becomes the Grandmaster’s prisoner and that’s where the narrative is struggling to find its own footing most scenes seem to shift its gears to humor most of the time instead of the importance of the Ragnarok story and Hela where the latter are the best parts because we get to see her full power, annihilating an army which raises the stakes and showed how dangerous she is, sadly these compelling moments, her scenes and menace didn’t get enough screen time to show her flore which is unfortunate given the antagonist is played by one of the best actresses today and is promising to be one of the best MCU villains.

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The middle part is quite dragging but provided enough room to develop new characters such as the Grandmaster which Jeff Goldblum brings out the quirky, unhinged presence despite of showing a warm presence, he had a handful of memorable jokes; Tessa Thompson’s tough and no-nonsense Valkyrie shines through, what makes her performance unique is that she brings that understated vulnerability. Chris Hemsworth and Tom hiddleston’s complex, love-hate sibling dynamic is solid throughout and brings the best out of each other. Karl Urban’s Skurge however is the most surprising of all the performances: his awkward, hammy comedic turn showcase that he is more than just your average brooding character actor.

Then comes the fight scene between Thor and Hulk which were the teasers imply to be the film’s highlight, it was a spectacular scene, the scale, roaring crowds but later on, that’s where the story fell off simply because there was little room to delve into that conflict itself.

The third act specifically the final showdown of Thor against Hela with The Hulk, Valkyrie, Loki and other coliseum participants fending off her forces as they evacuate the Asgardians didn’t blend well together especially when Thor and Hela’s fight scene had a good start then cut to the evacuation scene where the Immigrant Song was played killed off the drama and instead delved on focuses on the fun and gimmicky fireworks along with repeated jokes and punchlines fell were unnecessary.

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In the end, Thor: Ragnarok has its moments and a strong cast but its departure from the first two movies hurt as it begs to be its own fun movie which didn’t have the Thor feel in it, sure these movies aren’t perfect but had they followed the established storylines, characters and lore and feel for it, the franchise would’ve had a fitting closure that completes Thor’s solo story as a whole and more impact.

Special thanks to Marvel and Disney  for the invite!

Thor: Ragnarok Opens in 3D, IMAX 3D and 2D cinemas, October 25!


Mico Orda

 
A passionate, enthusiastic writer, Mico Orda utilizes his filmmaking skills to keep his writer’s edge. He enjoys a lot of outdoor activities, which juice up his creative juices.


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