Thor Ragnarok: A kick-ass entertainer which keeps you hooked till the very end
Movie Review by Annie Cynthia (Rocheston Certified Movie Critic)
An entertaining screenplay and a fresh script have made the seventeenth installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the third installment of the Thor Franchise, Thor: Ragnarok, a fan favorite and it is being viewed as an ingenious effort from director Taika Waititi.
The story begins with Thor (Chris Hemsworth) being imprisoned by Surtur, the fire demon. Surtur speaks of the Ragnarok (meaning: the end of all things), the prophesied destruction of Asgard. Thor defeats Surtur and returns to Asgard, convinced that he has stopped Ragnarok. On reaching Asgard, surprises await him. Their great father Odin (Anthony Hopkins), warns Thor and his brother, Loki (Tom Hiddleston) of Hela (Cate Blanchett), the Goddess of Death and the destruction she is capable of bestowing. Odin’s death frees Hela from the prison and she intends to seek vengeance. To escape her wrath, Thor and Loki try to escape but instead crash land on a planet called Sakaar, ruled by the Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum). Here, Thor meets his old friend, Hulk a.k.a Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) and befriends an outcast gladiator by the name Scrapper 142 (Tessa Thompson) and fellow gladiators Korg (Taika Waititi) and Miek. Now it is up to Thor and his friends to save Asgard from Hela’s rampage and they are ably supported in their mission by Heimdall (Idris Alba).
The action sequences are realistic. The special effects team has done a great job. There are sequences when you actually end up ducking when things are thrown around. The background score is apt for the sequences. The screenplay is well written but there are some glitches in editing as one can see lack of continuity from time to time.
The storyline is fresh and the imagery of Thor being an undefeatable God and Loki being a backstabber gets a fresh twist in this movie. Javier Aguirresarobe’s cinematography is absolutely stunning and he ensures that every frame is well composed.
Chris Hemsworth gives a charming performance as the God of Thunder. He gets into the skin of his character, is in great form and perfects his stunts. Tom Hiddleston provides able support as Loki. Cate Blanchett is one badass villain and transforms into her character with so much power and grace. Mark Ruffalo, reprises his role as Bruce Banner, delivers a knock-out performance. Tessa Thompson, a new addition to this franchise, kicks ass in stunt sequences. Idris Elba got a rousing applause from the audience in his entry scene and as always packs a punch. Jeff Goldblum as the humorous villain wins hearts.
The only disappointment is that everything happens so soon, we fail to catch up. There is not even a single dull moment and you are left wanting for more. Enough said, Thor: Ragnarok is a great sequel in the Thor Universe, with a great cast, a fresh script and lots of humor that promises to entertain you till the end.