Thor: Ragnarok

Thor: Ragnarok ★★★½

Apologies for being inactive lately. Hoop-Tober wore me out a good amount, but don't worry, I'm not dead. I've just been real busy lately.

So I got a chance to see this. Having missed out on alot of Phase One and Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I went into Ragnarok without having seen the first two Thor films, which probably wasn't the best idea as various plot elements will be unfamiliar to me. On it's own however, damn me if this isn't a hell of a time at the movies.

Ragnarok I presume takes place after the first two films and Age of Ultron, with Thor (Chris Hemsworth) defeating fire demon Surtur thus preventing 'Ragnarok', or at least that's what he thinks he's done. He them makes a return to his home Asgard where he is less than welcomed, where his adoptive brother Loki (Tom Middleston with a hairstyle that suspiciously makes him look like Tommy Wiseau) has been posing as his father Odin.

And this is when his when Thor's queen bitch sister Hela comes into play, who is still angry over her deserved banishing years ago. Upon the passing of Odin, she uses this as a nice opportunity to free herself and take back what is hers. The action shifts to the planet Sakaar, where Thor finds himself imprisoned as an arena combatant, and we FINALLY find out just what the hell happened to Hulk at the end of Age of Ultron.

The cast of characters here is just as colorful and diverse as ever. As well as Thor, Loki, Heimdall, and the return of Hulk/Bruce Banner, Jeff Goldblum nails it as the egotistical Grandmaster. One character who I found to be vastly unlikeable however was Valkyrie. Maybe that was the intention, but I didn't find her bearable until she finally agreed to help Thor rather than just sucking up to Grandmaster all the time.

It's no secret by now that the these films are known for their pleasing visuals, explosive action sequences and a witty sense of humor. Ragnarok is thankfully, probably one of funniest entries in the MCU to date, much of much is down to Hemsworth's cocky and wise-cracking portrayal of Thor. I know alot of people dislike the humor in Marvel films, but for me it gives it that perfect blend between tongue-in-cheek and seriousness.

Out of all the films in the MCU, this one easily has one of the most memorable soundtracks, and yes I am ranking it alongside the Guardians films. As well as the kinetic use of Led Zeppelin's 'Immigrant Song', the score by Mark Mothersbaugh (former keyboardist of Devo) is a brilliant series of Jean-Michel Jarre-inspired electronic cues, which makes for a nice departure over the more bombastic scores of past MCU films.

Overall, it delivers what you've come to expect. If you dislike the MCU, this one is going to do little to change your mind, but if you don't, then you should be more than satisfied.

7.5/10

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