Thor: Ragnarok

Thor: Ragnarok ★★★★★

Thor is back with a bang with his third installment, directed this time by Taika Watiti, a director I've already given high regards with Hunt for the Wilderpeople, and now with Ragnarok, it shows that he is a force to be reckoned with.

In this installment, all comes crashing down for the God of Thunder as he's stripped of his mighty hammer and is imprisoned in a strange planet with Jeff Goldblum as leader, The Hulk is his gladiator opponent, and his new companion is a talking rock giant, all while Hela, the Goddess of Death, has taken control of Asgard and seeks to consume the entire world.

While I enjoyed the two previous two Thor films, it's clear that they were still regarded as some of the weaker MCU films and they needed to delve deeper into making Thor a strong asset in the team. It turns out, all they needed to do was keep Thor in the cosmos, fully embrace that the world of Thor was ludicrous to begin with, and embrace it to the max all while deconstructing the mighty character's traits and investigating what made the character so memorable. This is easily the best of the three Thor films in balancing the tones together to create something worthwhile.

I've heard somewhere that 80% of the dialogue in this movie was completely improvised, and watching it, you can clearly tell, but that doesn't derail the film. In fact, in knowing that such talented actors worked so hard in delivering such witty jokes and making them work in an already strong storyline that embraced such humor, it actually improves upon the original story ideas.

This is a film where no matter how ludicrous and bonkers the film gets, it always brought a smile to my face and was enjoying everything that was coming down before me. All the actors in this film give it their all in a film that embraces lunacy even more than The Dark World did, and even the newcomers like Goldblum, Cate Blanchett, and Karl Urban was on point with Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Idris Elba, and Tom Hiddleston. Also be on the lookout for several hilarious cameos that also brighten the film.

Still not a perfect film, however, as I found some of the already established characters I wanted more development of in the previous films get insultingly written out of the picture (more so than the stuff people complained about in Kingsman: The Golden Circle; at least in that film those characters were already well-established) and I found some of the CGI to be a little overbearing, but I'm glad to see Thor get a complete makeover and fully embracing the traits that made the character so enjoyable to begin with. The directing and improvised writing are superb, all the actors commit 110%, it's an awesome balance of depth and humor, and it's another well-crafted film released in a year of entertaining, exceptional comic book films.

If Justice League holds well, 2017 will be the best year of superhero films since 2012!!!


And the Musical Shoutout is...
"Immigrant Song" by Led Zeppelin, which is now officially Thor's theme song if you ask me. A kick-butt hard rock Viking celebration anthem, showcasing that Robert Plant and Jimmy Page were truly one-of-a-kind.

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