Thor: Ragnarok

Thor: Ragnarok ★★★★

¨Hulk like fire, Thor like water.¨

I don't know how Taika Waititi did it, but he managed to turn one of my least favorite superheroes into one of the most charismatic and entertaining ones of the MCU. Waitit's style of humor really gets to me; I was a huge fan of What We Do in the Shadows, and I simply thought that premise was original and genius. In Thor Ragnarok he managed to shift the direction where the previous directors had been going with the character, and he turned this third installment of the franchise into the freshest and most entertaining one. Sure there are some flaws considering the film doesn't have a suspenseful conflict, but it tries something new in the genre and simply has fun with the characters. The dynamic between Loki and Thor has always been one of the most fascinating things about this franchise, and Waititi plays with it even more here. Perhaps the strongest point for me was the dynamic between Thor and Hulk. It was brilliant how they placed these characters together in the middle of nowhere and simply had fun with this new planet where they were trapped together. The gladiator elements also worked extremely well and the face off between Thor and Hulk was probably one of the best we've seen in the MCU. I enjoyed Avengers Infinity War and was glad that the film improved over Age of Ultron, and the same can be said here with Thor Ragnarok. What was really surprising for me however was that Ragnarok was a more entertaining experience for me than Infinity War. Waititi really put a great spin on this character and has presented the god of thunder as one of the best heroes the franchise has to offer.

I also enjoyed the quirky characters introduced in this film. The Grandmaster played by Jeff Goldblum was over the top hilarious and a huge risk, but it worked wonders with me. I had a fun time with this character. The villains usually are so lame, so I was glad Waititi played with some of these characters. Waititi also voiced one of the other quirky characters: Korg, and the delivery was perfect. There is so much to ay about these characters. Tessa Thompson's Valkyrie is yet another strong addition into the strong female characters that have been invading the MCU lately. She could be one of my favorites next to Letitia Wright's Shuri from Black Panther. As you can tell I wasn't a huge fan of how Infinity War decided to deal with what happens at the end of this movie, but I'm sure everything will be back in place once the second part comes out.

The most disappointing part of Thor Ragnarok has to be the premise involving the prophecy of the destruction of Asgaard. I didn't really care what was happening in Asgaard once I was introduced to Sakaar, the planet that Grandmaster controlled. I'm really looking forward to one of the films returning to this planet at some point. Cate Blanchett's Hela was extremely disappointing. The trailers made it look like she was finally going to be one of the best Marvel villains, but she didn't feel as menacing as she had looked. This is a minor complaint however since I've never really been a fan of any of the villains (and not even Thanos has seemed to impress me). The best villain by far continue to be Loki and Killmonger. No one has even came close. It doesn't matter that Hela never turned out to be menacing, because everything else about this film is pure fun and entertaining. I think this was one of the better comedies from 2017, and probably my favorite superhero film of that year.

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