Movie Review: Thor Ragnorak

Title: Thor Ragnorak/ Thor 3
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Action/Adventure, Comedy, Superhero
Release Date: November 3, 2017
Director: Taika Waititi
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Tessa Thompson, Idris Elba, Karl Urban, Mark Ruffalo, Jeff Goldblum,

Once again I’m here reviewing a Marvel film.   Thor Ragnorak was available through Netflix so I happily choose to watch it.  I love the Thor series of films.  For those of you who follow my twitter account or know me outside of WordPress, you’ll know that Loki is one of my favorite Marvel characters.  Jeff Goldblum is also a draw for this movie because he’s from my hometown and is awesome in his own right.

The movie has an awkward timeline issue, as it doesn’t take place in the chronological release timeline.  Rather it takes place two years after Avengers: Age of Ultron, and therefore probably during the events of Captain America: Civil War and the aftermath.  Thor since the defeat of Ultron has been going through the realms and investigating the fact that it seems his dad isn’t being the proactive ruler of the realms as he usually is.   He finds out that Loki has been hiding out as Odin while Odin has been sent to a care home on Midgard.  They met up with their Dad and he tells them about their sister.  The rest of the movie is basically Thor trying to take back Asgard.  Both he and Loki have to make some choices on how they want to continue, so their characters grow in the movie.  Thor especially.

I felt the Dr. Strange scene was a bit unnecessary, but I suppose it helped tie in his movie going forward.  Hela was awesome as any Cate Blanchett appearance is.  This movie has an awesome cast in general. The general feel of the movie, the soundtrack and the acting of said awesome cast just made it into a really good film.  It might not be something shown to drama classes in the future (genre bias for one) but It’s definitely one of my favorite of the Marvel films, and it is fun, and fills in some plot gaps left by Avengers II and the last Thor movie.

Those of you looking to see some connection to the myths, you won’t find too many.  They’ve designed their own version of the tale.  WIth Hela being their sister, and Fenrir being her beloved dog, it’s not exactly following the mythological story.

My grade for Thor Ragnorak is A-.  There is some violence, with blood, so it wouldn’t be recommended for younger children, but I feel preteen or older, as the rating goes, are okay.

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