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JD’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
My Thorathon concludes with 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok. I believe I have only seen this one time, but I remember really liking it and thinking it was the funniest of the Marvel films.
Ragnarok follows Thor (Chris Hemsworth) as he attempts to stop Hela (Cate Blanchett) from destroying Asgard.
Although still very enjoyable, the flaws are far more noticeable this time around. The story is compelling but suffers a lot from pacing, especially at the start and in the middle. It also feels like the jokes and quips take over which detracts the seriousness slightly from the story. An aspect of the story that was well captured was Thor’s relationship with Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and how they finally come to a sort of peace. There’s also an enjoyable odd couple dynamic between Thor and Hulk/ Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) which gets exasperated by new character Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson). Hela as an antagonist is interesting but there are points where she comes off as just very generic. The ending is a little predictable but still decently executed.
Hemsworth has a lot of fun in this film and delivers a great performance as Thor. Tom Hiddleston is great as always as Loki. Cate Blanchett is quite scary as Hela. Tessa Thompson is well cast as Valkyrie. Mark Ruffalo is on terrific form as Banner/Hulk. Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Karl Urban, Anthony Hopkins, Tadanobu Asano, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel House and Taika Waititi provide very good support.
The bright and colourful visual style helps sets the out from other Marvel films. Action is also very fun and cleverly filmed, especially the bridge sequence in the third act. Mark Mothersbaugh’s score also perfectly suits the tone the film is going for.
Final thought: A fun adventure film. Here’s my rankings of the films:
Thor: The Dark World