Thor: Ragnarok Review

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Plotline: –

Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is imprisoned by Surtur, the fire demon who reveals that in the absence of Odin (Anthony Hopkins) in Asgard, the prophesised Ragnarok will soon happen. Thor defeats Surtur and sets out in search of Odin with his brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston). Upon finding Odin, they are informed of Hela (Cate Blanchett), a daughter of Odin who has set out to claim the throne. The trouble however is that Hela is way more powerful than any Asgardians including Thor himself.

Will Hela succeed in her venture? Can Thor stop her? What will happen to the prophesised Ragnarok?

Positive Points: –

  • This flick is a complete entertainer with all it’s fun, silliness and smartness bundled up within a watchable runtime.
  • The actors have done great in their respective areas and the chemistry between Thor and Hulk was just superb!
  • The action sequences are mind-blowing and so is the background score in their run.
  • I know it’s clichéd to mention but yeah, the visual effects were simply awesome!
  • That moment when Led Zeppelin’s Immigrant plays! *Still jiving to it*

Negative Points: –

  • Let’s face it folks! Thor – Ragnarok isn’t a movie that we deserved for a Thor sequel chiefly because the tone of the series had been dark while this one was a caricature of some previously established badass characters. This is the kind of feature we expect for spinoffs and not for sequels.
  • The characters lack depth and so does the plotline as a whole. If we just ignore the entertainment factor for a moment and analyse the story, we realise that the premise of the film should have been darker and grittier in comparison to its predecessors, but what we get is a Guardians Of The Galaxy crossover with the Thor series.
  • Some awefully silly moments exist in the film which aren’t explained preoperly to validate their presence. The best example can be the way Thor, Hulk and Valkyrie enter Asgard without the help of the Bifrost. I mean if that was possible then Hela could have gotten out of Asgard quite easily, isn’t it?
  • Given the oomph factor of Hela as well as Cate Blanchett’s acting prowess, it’s a shame that we don’t get to see much of her despite her being a powerful antagonist. We don’t even get to know much about her background and whatever was provided to the audience was below satisafaction.

Direction, Script & Other Technicalities: –

Given the fact that the film was written in a comic fashion, I wouldn’t excoriate Taika Waititi’s direction in the film. His work is perfect for a sarcastic cum slapstick comedy film and there are many wow moments in the film for which Waititi deserves the credit. Eric Pearson, Craig Kyle, Christopher Yost have done a splendid job as far as the humour of the movie is concerned. But in terms of characterisation and storyline, they disappoint us a bit. The plot holes aren’t fixed and the caricature of the superheroes and villains didn’t compliment with the storyline which is actually made for a more serious film. Nevertheless, the comic punches are wonderful and it would be shocking if you didn’t laugh your heart out while watching it. My personal favourite comic moment was when Loki exclaims “I have been falling for 30 minutes!”.

Mark Mothersbaugh’s score is splendid and it becomes even better during the action sequences. You would be lying if you claim that you didn’t jive to Immigrant! Javier Aguirresarobe’s cinematography is top notch and enhances the film’s cinematic quality. The action sequences are way beyond amazing and they become better as the film progresses. The editing work Joel Negron and Zene Baker is mostly satisfying except a few moments where the cut seems awkwardly abrupt.

Performances: –

Chris Hemsworth gets the maximum space and why not when it’s his film! He is suave, he is angry, he is funny and he kicks everyone’s arses (after getting his own kicked) and we loved all of it! Hemsworth proves it yet again as to why we can’t imagine anyone else in Thor’s shoes except him.

The Hulk is always meant to be scary and destructive but this Mark Ruffalo portrayal is the most lovable and funniest version of Hulk that we can ever see on the screen. Adding to the flavour was Hulk’s endearing bonding with Thor and Valkyrie and all the punches Ruffalo fires as Bruce Banner which were hillarious as hell.

Tessa Thompson wins your heart with her fierce rendering of Valkyrie. She is perfect from top to bottom for the role and proves it in each and every frame she gets a space in.

Cate Blanchett has never been more badass and sexier ever than in this flick. By delivering a stellar performance, she proves it that age cannot limit her acting abilities much to our joy. The only problem is the lack of screentime she got because she had the potential of being one of the best superhero villains of all time and that’s disturbing.

Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Anthony Hopkins and Karl Urban deliver fine performances.

A special mention to Taika Waititi for his endearing portrayal of Korg. You will simply fall in love with this character.

Final Verdict: –

Thor – Ragnarok may not be a perfect sequel that we actually deserved but it’s ironically the best in the Thor series. With awesome performances, comedy, direction and technical works, it merges as a complete paisa vasool entertainer and a must watch.

RATING: 3.5/5

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