There’s a reason Thor: Ragnarok is the best reviewed MCU movie on Rotten Tomatoes. Put simply, it’s good.
It won’t hit the high numbers of Iron Man 3 or the flash of The Avengers, but without a doubt, Marvel is putting its best foot forward with Ragnarok. It’s clear Director Taika Watiti was given a lot of creative freedom and he used it to resurrect one of the weakest series in the MCU.
Similar to the first movie, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is stripped of his hammer. Similar to the second film, Thor teams up with his adopted brother Loki (Tom Hiddelston). That is where the similarities end.
Ragnarok combines hilarious comedy, intense action, and deep drama to create a well-rounded film that almost anyone can enjoy. There are plenty of funny one liners, like the “Friend from work” line that was in the trailer. But there is also a lot of depth throughout the film. At one point when Thor is discussing losing his hammer, another character replies “Are you Thor, the god of hammers?”
What’s truly remarkable is how Watiti was able to weave in the backstory of the previous two films without bogging the movie with clunky exposition. This means that movie-goers who may have missed Thor: The Dark World won’t have to sit through that disaster to truly enjoy Ragnarok.
This is partly due to the amazing performances of the core cast, including newcomers Tessa Thompson and Cate Blanchett. As Marvel’s first female villain, Blanchett annihilates any doubt that a female villain can’t play in the superhero world. Her performance as Hela makes me question whether even Thanos would be a challenge for her.
Overall, Thor: Ragnarok is Marvel’s first true comedy. It’s the first time that laughs, not action or drama, takes center stage. And it certainly earned the right to rule the universe.
Final Rating: 8.5/10
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