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As soon as the first Trailer for Thor Ragnarok came out, I could tell it was going to be a wild ride. Not being a fan of the first Thor movie and completely skipping the second, I never imagined that Thor would be a character I would have so much fun watching. However watching this film was like watching a man on a unicycle grill a peanut butter and broccoli sandwich for his pet airplane; it did not make sense, at times it did not work, but I had so much fun looking at it.
The film centers on the god of thunder, Thor (played by Chris Hemsworth), a superhero with incredible strength and can control lightning. When his father, Odin, dies unexpectedly, Thor’s sister Hela (Cate Blanchett) escapes from Odin’s prison with plans for vengeance. When Thor is not strong enough to defeat her, he is thrown into another world where there is nothing but warriors, trash, and a gladiator arena. Now Thor must find a way to escape the planet and return to Asgard to defeat Hela and save his people.
I really enjoyed watching this film, but it was so strange. One minute it is a sci-fi, the next a fantasy similar to lord of the rings, and somewhere in there a superhero movie also. There were moments that the movie would go from one scene to another and it would feel like the two scenes were from completely different films. But for some reason it worked, and I found myself entranced by this massive world the Marvel Cinematic Universe created. This was also the first Marvel Studios film that I felt really embraced what I love about comic books. At times comics are telling so many stories at once that you get this tonal shift that this movie had. The whole cast did a really great job with their performances. I felt that everyone really embraced their characters and you could tell that everyone was having a good time.
Every time Cate Blanchett was on the screen she stole the show, her character’s energy and presence made her an excellent villain. The cinematography was also done very well. The film used an array of high contrast colors to make every scene pop. The first two Thor movies had a very bland color scheme but I felt they went all out with this. In terms of special effects, I felt that there were a few moments that could have been done a little better. Specifically when Thor’s father dies, the effects did not look as good as some other recent Marvel movies. Finally in terms of content, I was surprised at how much this film got away with. While it does have a PG-13 rating, I found there to be a surprising amount of cursing, inappropriate jokes, and violence. Granted I said the same thing about Guardians of the Galaxy 2, but because this films targeted audience is young kids-teenagers, I think it is important to note the content. There are references and jokes regarding sexual activities and human genitalia which would probably go over kids heads and never get too risque, but they were unexpected nonetheless. Overall I felt this movie was a really great time.
An enjoyable action comedy that I would recommend to anyone interested even if they haven’t seen the previous films.
I give Thor: Ragnarok a 4 out of 5 stars.