Thor: Ragnarok

Thor: Ragnarok ★★★★½

What an overdue course correct for the character of Thor. While revisiting this franchise in its entirety, Throughout the MCU Thor’s always had a comedic element about him, even if the movies did their best to suppress it. However, With Taika Waititi now at the wheel, there was no holding back. 
Now I'm not going to say it's the funniest film in the series so far, but it comes pretty damn close, falling short only by the fact not all of the humour landed perfectly. In fact, there were some jokes I thought were downright stupid, but for the most Thor: Ragnarok was indeed hilarious, and to be honest, the comedy, as brilliant as it was, was in such an abundance it managed to actually dilute the steaks presented here. There is a pretty heavy plot at play throughout this movie, and the amount of loss could be considered the highest at this point in the franchise. There are characters dropping off left, right and centre, and yet even in the direst of moments, there's always someone making a joke. I mean I'm all for breathing fresh life into these properties, and God knows Thor needed it, but this was such a departure from the tone and formula set up in the prior movies, you couldn't be blamed for finding it just a little jarring. 
Where the movie excels most is in its larger than life characters. Cate Blanchett seems to be having an absolute ball as the lead villain Hela and as Grandmaster, Jeff Goldblum turns his Goldblum up to 100. Apart from them, my favourite new edition was Valkyrie, played by Tessa Thompson, who brings a surprisingly raw human element to the somewhat goddess-like character. Hers along with Blanchett and Goldblum’s presence ups the tone, and gives our already well-established characters in Thor, Hulk and Loki something to bounce off of. 
Thor: Ragnarok delivers in all the ways you didn't realise you wanted a Marvel movie to deliver. It's existence opened the floodgates for more opportunity moving forward in the MCU, allowing it's directors more room to move, and the freedom to bring their signature styles to the forefront. It's something I personally wish had happened sooner, but now that it's finally here, I won't complain.

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