Thor: Ragnarok

The third movie for Thor goes in the same direction as Guardians of the Galaxy. Comedic timing and an 80s theme is what makes this movie worth watching. The plot is quite huge but is buried in bombastic and colorful battle scenes; which is not necessarily a bad thing but is actually quite Marvel-ous.

Thor: Ragnarok centres around the imminent destruction of Thor’s home-world Asgard and his quest to prevent this eradication of his people and world. Of course this won’t be an easy task, especially since an old family member shows up again. It’s a race against time as Thor manages to get himself imprisoned on a planet which main events are gladiator-like contests.

Trademark for Marvel seems to be the witty conversations between the various superheroes. We saw this in The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy specifically. Thor: Ragnarok brings this to a whole new level, and yes that is possible, clearly. The combination of self-mockery in the dialogue alternated with action-packed scenes ensures constant uproar. There is not a dull moment in the film, which is perhaps the reason the plot gets snowed under. However, in a way the plot is rather straight to the point and does not need excessive exploring in order to make this film worthwhile.

Newcomers to the Marvel universe are Cate Blanchett as Thor’s oldest sister Hela, and  Jeff Goldblum as the extravagant Grandmaster of the planet Thor is stranded on. Goldblum in particular steals the show, literally as well as figuratively, with his epic representation of this Grandmaster. It is almost as if the role was written for him and the way he acts it out reminds of Benicio del Toro’s representation of The Collector in various Marvel films. This is of course also due to make-up but to actually capture the quirky, flashy manners is up to the actor. Goldblum convincingly shows that the Grandmaster and the Collector are brothers. It is enjoyable to see the extent as to which Marvel goes to connect all their movies. Not only by bringing the superheroes together, but also with these references.

Huge shout-out to the director Taika Waititi, who also voices Korg, one of the arena combatants, in a brilliant manner. While Thor:Ragnarok seems to go all over the place, it all comes together in the end. Somehow this film gets away with not exploring the plot to its fullest. Being bombarded by CGI effects, insane action sequences and witty conversations is all that’s needed for a fun night out. Even with a new director at the helm or perhaps even because, Marvel manages to create another blockbuster.

4 Stars
October 28th, 2017

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