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Review In A Nutshell:
Thor: Ragnarok is the film that the character has deserved since his conception, where finally traces of his origins are brought into light in an engaging manner, forcing him to reevaluate his condition and realise his potential, leading him onto a road of self-actualisation that has often felt stunted in the previous films. Under the guidance of New Zealand director, Taika Waititi, the character finally endures through a solo outing that is loose from the formal strictures that were often applied to the character. Though still a god in his own right, Waititi captures Hemsworth’s constructed confidence, excellence, and physical perfections in the titular role and bring it down to an eye level. It is here that we find awkwardness, discomfort, and vulnerability, all placed under the umbrella of comedy, creating small but pivotal character development that brings forth new depths. This branch of comedy and lightness is found in other films from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but none radiated such in the same intensity. Here it almost seems like the entire thing is a parody of itself, but rather than completely punch itself through the wall like Deadpool or the rebooted Jump Street film series, it restrains enough to keep things appropriately grounded. As this phase of the MCU keeps moving forward, the filmmakers’ voices are conveyed more prominently within the frame, unlike the tighter strictures that were previously showcased, creating forth a more exhilarating, entertaining, and substantial sense of filmmaking that such a brand sorely needs. Never had I had so much laughter from a MCU film as I have in Ragnarok.