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Movie Review: Thor Ragnarok

Dec 15, 2017 • by Connor Gajewski, Alvernia University, citizen contributor
Movie Review

Marvel has done it again! Superhero films have become a staple since the Marvel cinematic universe kick-started with Iron-Man in 2008. Superhero films show no sign of slowing down and only seem to be getting better year after year. Thor Ragnarok is the latest entry in the Marvel cinematic universe and the 17th overall. It is the sequel to Thor (2011), and Thor the Dark World (2013).

The film is directed by Taika Waititi and adapted from a screenplay by Eric Pearson and the writing team of Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost. The film has a strong lineup of very well-known actors and even seem Academy Award winners. Front lined by Chris Hemsworth as the God of thunder and prince of Asgard Thor. Tom Hiddleston returns as Thor’s adopted brother and prince of mischief Loki. Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett plays the titular villain of the film the Goddess of death Hela. The film is rounded out with Idris Elba retuning as Heimdall Jeff Goldblum as the Grandmaster, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, Karl Urban as Skurge, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/Hulk, and Anthony Hopkins as Odin.

The film is set two years after Avengers Age of Ultron and Thor has been unsuccessful at locating any of the Infinity stones and is now trying to stop Ragnarok the prophecy of his home Asgard being destroyed. When Hela the Goddess of death returns Thor becomes a prisoner and is forced into a gladiator arena overseen by the Grandmaster on the planet Sakaar. After discovering the Hulk is the champion of the Grandmaster Thor puts together a team consisting of himself, Loki, Hulk, and Valkyrie. The plan is to escape from the planet and return to Asgard to put an end to Hela’s reign before it is too late.

This film is being heavily praised by movie critics and fans alike holding a certified 93 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. Hunter Gajewski a superhero film lover says “I was absolutely blown away by the movie it makes me want to see it over and over again”. Bri Train, not a big superhero film had nothing but positive things to say about the film. She says “I’m not a big superhero person but this movie had a really good story was very colorful and a good amount of humor to keep me interested. Eric Shingle whose favorite superhero is Thor says “This is easily my favorite of the three Thor films and easily in my top three favorite superhero films of all time.

Director Taika Waititi did a fantastic job with the film and easily made it the best of the three Thor standalone films. What made this one better than the rest is the gorgeous amount of color he put into the film and it has a more light and comedic tone rather than the dark and grittier tone of the first two films. The film is producing really well at the box office and Marvel studios move of a lighter tone Thor film paid off.

It is a really exciting time to be a Marvel fan or a superhero fan in general. Moviegoers will leave the movie theater very satisfied with the movie and it will make you want to watch it over and over again. This proves Marvel’s till got it and is able to produce really good superhero films Even if you are not a superhero fan this film is a must-see for anyone. Thor Ragnarok is another home run for Marvel studios go see it I promise you will not be disappointed.

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