Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
Signed up the 28/03/2017
Thor: Ragnarok comes as a refreshing third installment to the franchise. And let me tell you, I was the most synical person ever going into that theatre for the viewing just yesterday. The trailer didn't do the movie much justice too, as it sold the movie as nothing more than just Marvel's usual silly and stale banter between two (weirdly paired) "friends from work". Well, it is more than that, and although I might have a few reservations, I left the theatre very satisfied!
Thor: Ragnarok unfolds the same way a buddy-cop film would. The God of Thunder (Chris Hemsworth) is the more balanced one, though more sillier than ever, between himself and The Hulk (Bruce Banner, played by Mark Ruffalo), while Banner is the hot-headed partner who is more impulsive and ends up jeorpadising some missions. Then we have Hela (Cate Blanchett- aka my favest actress in the world right now), the antagonist who is hell-bent on seeing to her evil plan. So the adventure quickly unfolds methodically, leading up to the expected all-but-nothing brawl.
Hela, aka the Godess of Death, is the lost sibling of the Odinson brothers whom is way more evil than you'd ever seen Loki. She comes home to reclaim her rightful throne after her father, Odin, had been announced dead. The same father who banished her from her home for years upon finding that she was too ambitious for the Asgard that he had imagined. So you know, older sibling who hates her family, wants to avenge herself for all the years that she had been denied the love and care of her family, there's doubt she's come to spill blood. And here is why I was disappointed, Hela could've been afforded loads more screentime than she had for the sake of character development. This would've made the sibling rivalry a lot more emotional and consequential than it was. In fact, Hela would've seemed more ruinous and bitter had we been shown a more softer, heartbroken side of her. Otherwise, her Asgard-takeover felt no more than a petty-match against everyone else who wouldn't massage her engorged self-importance. This is a pity, considering the gifted actress Cate Blanchett is- she would've knocked it out the park had she been given the chance. This is not to say the character isn't enjoyable, she's charismatic when she's on screen. We just wanted more!
Visually, the movie has a lot of impressive moments that put the rest of the marvel phases put together to shame. The director of photography really took his work seriously here, from the opening scenes we're teased that our eyes are in for a treat. I especially enjoyed a particular scene where Thor was fighting off a dragon, and then another one (although very short) towards the end where the Hulk is up against one of Hela's extremely large and hellish pets. Also, seeing the artificial planet of Sakaar on screen is something you'd not expect to see in a Marvel movie, unless it was Guardians of the Galaxy. In fact, we were experiencing 'Guardians for a minute there? Dozens of specie all in one place having some beer over banter and all?
Although I was looking forward to Valkyrie's (Tessa Thompson) sexuality (she's bisexual) being tackled somehow (I know, I dream to biggly!) I was still impressed by the character, she doesn't do no more than be a prop for Thor's humor and Asgardian honour here, but I'm betting they'll take her more seriously in upcoming films. I'd actually love to see her and Natasha Romanoff kicking butt side-by-side! I'm looking at you, Infinity War!
This could've been the movie to develop Loki as a character to secure a healthy future for him in the MCU, but they somehow manage to dull him down so much that probably nobody would flinch for no more than two seconds were he to be killed off. This is very worrying, especially as he had previously played vital roles as Thor's villainous, menacing little brother in MCU movies. He's journeying on with Thor as they're now pursuing earth as their new home, and I just don't see him as anything more than just dead weight. He's run out of poison. And, honestly, who's Loki without the poison?
Thor: Ragnarok isn't without shortcomings. But those are a needle in the haystack compared to the film as a whole. I've avoided mentioning the comedic aspect of the film until now, but that's only because it's the sweetest part of the entire offering. The jokes aren't forced and they don't make you queasy, even though they make up most of the film. The bickering bromance between Bruce and Thor is so cool to watch too. A well-directed, well-written and well-executed Marvel movie, what more could you ask for? All-in-all, Marvel has done exceptionally well for themselves here. I'm glad the Thor franchise could redeem the hero after two almost-unwatchable prequels.
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