The Man From The Shadows Delivers With “Thor: Ragnorak”

By Scott Kurland

Film: Thor: Ragnorak

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Hopkins, Cate Blanchett, Tessa Thompson, and Jeff Goldblum

Rated: PG-13

Director: Taika Waititi

               Damn Marvel, you're so good at what you do. I truly mean it. Just when I think I have you figured out, you always surprise me in the best possible way. You pick the most random directors and yet they quickly prove to be the best ones for the job. When I heard Taika Waititi was directing this week’s film “Thor: Ragnorak” I was baffled. I’ve known about him for years because of his small budget films from New Zealand; films like: “Boy” “Eagle vs. Shark,” and “Hunt For The Wilder People.” But then I remember a film he made that screams “Thor,” and that’s “What We Do In The Shadows.” Waititi brings his unique humor to the MCU with this third installments. Now lets see if it paid off in “Thor: Ragnorak” shall we?

                “Thor: Ragnorak” takes the God of Thunder out of his comfort zone and throws him right into the action. Chris Hemsworth returns as Thor, who finds himself in quite the pickle when the God of Death Hela (Cate Blanchett) returns to Asgard. Hela is a killing machine who wants nothing more than to watch Asgard burn. It really is the simple things in life right Hela? Thor would stop her, but he’s trapped on a planet ruled by a sociopathic celestial named The Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum). The Grandmaster forcibly recruits Thor as a gladiator. Thor's first opponent? THE INCREDIBLE HULK (Mark Ruffalo). Thor isn’t worried. After all...Hulk is a friend from work. This new planet holds greater problems, namely in the form of his brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) who is causing mischief in one form or another. Now, in order to get home and defeat Hela,

 Thor must form his own team; a team comprised of one Hulk and a former Asgardian Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson). YES!!!! A THOUSAND TIMES YES FOR THIS MOVIE. God bless you Taika, you are a genius. Not only does he give us the best “Thor” film, but he also gives us  (in my opinion) one of the top three Marvel movies. Two of my favorite podcasters, Graham Elwood and Chris Mancini from “Comedy Film Nerds,” pinpointed the exact reason why this film is so good: It’s a graphic novel. Each act of the film is a different issue of the comic book series. The first act/issue contains all the scenes with Dr. Strange helping Thor. We get “Planet Hulk” in the second act/issue, and finally, everything else takes place in the third act. The best thing Waititi gives us in this movie is a character from “Planet Hulk” that I love: Korg. The best part is Waititi plays Korg as this easy-going rebel. Waititi knows precisely how to balance  the heart, action, and humor. As I mentioned years ago, Marvel is smart in their ability to acquire these great indie storytellers who are able to delegate the tasks to the experts so they can deliver the best possible film they can.

Hemsworth and Hiddleston, as always, are their lovable selves. Hemsworth gets to flex his comedic muscles more in this film, proving just how funny and talented he truly is. Even so, it is the newcomers to the franchise that shine. Jeff Goldblum is doing the best impression of Jeff Goldblum he possibly can. He’s not just chewing the scenery. He’s going back for third and forth helpings. This might be his best role since Dr. Ian Malcolm from “Jurassic Park.” He’s funny and evil enough to make the perfect dictator. Blanchett and Thompson are two bad ass leading ladies. Blanchett truly brings her A Game to the character of Hela. She might be one of, if not the best, Marvel villains in this universe. Thompson on the other hand, gets to play the broken Han Solo character and she just brings it home.

                “Thor: Ragnorak” is just so much fun. And this is the only time I’m going to tell you,, my dear reader to see this movie in 3D. Normally, I would say you don’t need to but the 3D in this movie is just gorgeous to look at. Waititi needs to make more movies... not just Marvel movies. He needs to be making more films because he’s a great storyteller. I can’t emphasize enough how awesome “Thor: Ragnorak” is. Finish reading this article and go see it right now!

REVIEW RATING: A

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