Film Review – Thor Ragnarok

The latest installment in the Lord of Sparks’ tale in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is without doubt the boldest Marvel Studios film since they blessed us with the Guardians of the Galaxy.  And when you give the MCU timeline a good look, you most likely would understand why the studio went the way they did with Thor: Ragnarok.

While Thor has had amusing bits in previous installments, director Taika Waititi, the scriptwriters and actors in this new film took it up more than a notch. Basically, this is a film where the trailer hype is met and, arguably, even surpassed by what you watch eventually. But there are bits which left much to be desired and I’ll get to that along the way.

First, I have to start with the fight between Thor and The Incredible Hulk. Yes, there was a fight and the sequence of it was really well done such that at the end of it, the outcome forces a reaction from you. If it doesn’t, I really doubt your capacity to enjoy this film.

Next are the villains – Hela and Surtur. If you’re not just the cinemagoer but a true comic book fan, you may be a teeny bit let down by Hela’s backstory in this one (or not. I wasn’t). Whatever her origins (she’s meant to be Loki’s daughter with a Frost Giant by the way but whatever), Hela is kickass, badass, smartass and markedly a more brutal ass than Loki.

And you know what they say – a superhero movie is only as good as the villain. Sadly, Cate Blanchett doesn’t carry as much physical ass to properly personify all that ass but she makes up for the lack of ass with a stellar portrayal of the goddess of death. But I doubt to the border of being sure that she actually is the Death whom Thanos is/has been courting since this whole Avengers thing started as some comic fans have alluded. If I say why, issa spoiler and I’m trying to avoid that as much as possible here.

Why yes, she did smash the hammer to bits in the trailer. I assure you, that was no dream or perverted magic by Loki to mess with Thor’s mind. Aunty Hela caught that M-whatever and (going by the most logical theory among comic nerds) used her Hand of Glory to destroy the hammer. Unworthy behaviour but among the evil, who worthiness epp?

So she destroys the hammer in an open field somewhere in nowhere (Norway actually) with Loki witnessing the spectacle, and Thor left with the weight of that stupidly fresh memory right after Hela catches up with their retreating asses (last time I’ll say ass, promise) in the Bifrost Bridge and smashes them out of it into oblivion.

But Loki is a cunning a… being while Odinson is the god of thunder dammit, what is a hammer? Well, a simple case of you don’t know what you have until you lose it, which Thor discovers after losing Mjolnir (yeah, I do know how to spell it), giving us a pointer for what’s to come.

Come. I did mention two villains, this one that I’ve digressed to fine boy superhero. Hello, Surtur, a thing of hell, sort of, being the fiery demon he is. And it is with him and Thor the film starts and sort of ends with.

Surtur is one of the disappointing bits of the film, though. For me, we don’t get to see what he’s really capable of until it is time to close the curtains and you know how some of us would do wuruwuru to get the answer in WAEC? That was Surtur’s role in this film. Waititi just used Surtur as a means to an end. Waititi is a Yoruba Demon. Therefore, Waititi is scum. What more, Waititi is male.

Another let down of Thor: Ragnarok is Hela’s dog and its fight with Hulk. It started out funny but ended on a meh. Meh! Even Hulk’s fight with Surtur was comic relief. See yeah, just focus on the film’s dialogue which was on another level and hella amusing, as well as on Hela and, of course, Loki. Scrapper 142 who was/is a Valkyrie, the Grandmaster and all he had going on in Sakaar make for good stuff too.

In fact, it seems the Valkyrie babe would end up as Thor’s Val’s Day date as the MCU progresses. Besides, it was established by Thor to Loki that Jane Foster had broken up with him so, yeah, go Valkyrie! But wait, Sif – a member of the Warriors Three who strangely wasn’t in Thor: Ragnarok – also had a thing for Thor. Wonder how that’s supposed to just be swept under the rug now.

Marvel Studios’ THOR: RAGNAROK..L to R: Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) and Loki (Tom Hiddleston)..Ph: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2017

In the end, Thor: Ragnarok really sets up what’s to come in Avengers: Infinity War which would see Thanos on a quest to claim those gems for himself. Speaking of, if you have seen the trailer of Avengers: Infinity War then you would know what happens to the Tesseract and the Stone in it eventually in Thor: Ragnarok.

Now, we all know how the MCU is connected so it was only appropriate to see Avengers: Age of Ultron again before settling down to Thor: Ragnarok with a special bowl of garri mixed with stuff you shouldn’t be having if you’re under 18 (21 in some regions). Such a special bowl.

Anyway, Avengers: Age of Ultron and (obviously), Thor: The Dark World are the refresher courses you need to take before seeing Thor: Ragnarok which has great dialogue and great delivery by the actors – including Karl Urban as Skurge, whose role actually got toned down greatly so, yeah, anti-climax.

On that note, Thor: Ragnarok would make you enjoy the glorified popped corn mixed with a truck of sugar while you watch but you’ll still feel buying shawarma would have been a better option. In a nutshell, it’s a strong 7 out of 10.

P.S: Chris Hemsworth was on Jimmy Kimmel few weeks ago and Mark Ruffalo was backstage with Taika Waititi. Let me just say it was no coincidence that Matt Damon ‘crashed’ Hemsworth’s interview.

Film Review – Thor Ragnarok
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