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Newest film installment in Marvel Universe Franchise thrills audiences

Breanna Brink, Staff Writer

 

“Thor: Ragnarok” has electrified theatres since its release on Nov. 3. There is no sugar coating the lackluster performances of the first two Thor films. No amount of playful Loki and burly, glorious Thor can save films that are fundamentally not entertaining or exist solely as bridges between Avengers movies. It seems Marvel finally got the memo in the third film; Thor needs to be allowed to stand alone and claim his spot among the cast as someone more than just a human-smitten Asguardian whose personality is as thick as his hammer. That said, Ragnarok took lessons from the current theatrical climate, adjusted its themes and produced something truly fantastic. If you’ve been waiting for a Thor movie to learn how to take itself seriously while also having fun, “Thor: Ragnarok” is for you.  

The IMDb description is simple, “Imprisoned on the other side of the universe, the mighty Thor (Chris Hemsworth) finds himself in a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), his former ally and fellow Avenger. Thor’’s quest for survival leads him in a race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela (Cate Blanchett) from destroying his home world and the Asgardian civilization.” So far the movie has earned an 8.2/10 IMDb rating and a 93 percent Rotten Tomatoes score, both of which are comprised of audience reviews as well as professional critic scores. Impressively, after only is first weekend in the box-office, the film has already made 211.3 million dollars, against a production budget of 180 million dollars (not including advertising costs). With all that in mind, does it make the movie worth the approximate 11.50 dollars to go see in theatres?

Director Taika Waititi has brought something entirely new to the Thor installments. Not only  did he create a visually pleasing movie to witness, he also voiced one of the most comedic characters in the film, Korg. Giving this film the upbeat tempo of Guardians of the Galaxy has paid off, with bright colors, a space oriented adventure, and the use of Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song” as a mantra for the film. It brings an exciting and all-too-fitting string of lyrics to serenade important moments. “Hammer of the gods will drive our ships to new land. To fight the hordes and sing, and cry. Valhalla, I am coming,” is often heard ringing in the background of titular scenes while the cast struggles against Hela’s army of undead Asguardian warriors.

Some may struggle with sections of this film, which have been dramatically spoiled by trailers, such as the intense lead up to Hulk’s reveal, which feels somewhat tiring when anyone who has seen a trailer is already well aware of who Thor is about to be facing in the grandmaster’s (Jeff Goldblum) coliseum of death. Another altercation to the Marvel mythology is Hela herself, who readers of the comics will recognize not as the Enchantress, who was the original character attempting to bring about Ragnarok, but as Loki’s Daughter. Though one would assume due to DC comics already using a character named the Enchantress, they took an alternative route, one that has not too heavily disappointed Marvel fans.

The Hollywood Reporter still had this to say on the original incarnation of Hela, “As Loki’s daughter, Hela has been a longtime thorn in the side of both Thor and Odin. Since her comic book debut in 1964’s Journey into Mystery No. 102, she has continually tried to take over Asgard, take down Thor or just generally spread mischief and wrongdoing wherever possible — especially if it means she can add to her undead armies.” With this in mind she’s really not much different in this film. She’s still powerful, threatening, and dangerous. Instead, she’s Thor and Loki’’s older sister, and she’’s got daddy issues.

This article could continue for ages about little things, such as Skurg needing more screen time, the angelic imagery used to portray the Valkyrie, Tessa Thompson’s amazing acting skills, or the fact that Jane and Thor have officially broken up. A consensus needs to be made, and it’s certainly that this film is worth your time and money. You will enjoy cameos from other Avengers, hints at the ever expanding Marvel universe, and witty comedy that will make diehard fans and the casual moviegoer laugh. In the end, this movie is all about little details and comedic punch-lines that know just how to hit right, including mocking its own franchise entries, such as Thor: The Dark World.” And just like with any Marvel film, stay till the end of the credits for a little something extra to keep you going.

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