Thor: Ragnarok Review

Before I get into this Thor 3 Review, I want to take a look at the first two Thor films in the franchise. Thor, released in 2011, gives us a swift introduction to the Nordic Avenger. With long blonde hair, gigantic muscles and dry humour, he instantly became a favourite for a lot of the Avengers fandom. The film stuck quite closely to the mythology that surrounds Thor, and with nods to the comics, it seemed to be an instant hit with fans and an excellent way to introduce a titular character to the Avengers franchise.

Thor: The Dark World, the sequel to the 2011 hit, was released two years later and took a darker turn (hence the name I guess…). With a very grey looking cinematic poster and accompanying trailer, fans were given a look at the second infinity stone to crop up in the Marvel Universe (the first being in The Avengers the previous year). I think, in a way, this was to show exactly how much damage can be achieved with the power of just one stone, a pre-amble that a lot of eagle-eyed fans will have noticed, especially if they’re aware of Thanos from the comics…

Now, let’s look at Thor: Ragnarok. The third film in the Thor franchise has actually taken me by surprise. With elements of both the previous films, this sequel seems to take some pointers from The Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) too. Humour? Check. Amazing 80’s Soundtrack? Yes. Really attractive main characters? Yes…. Okay, so the last one is a stretch. But I definitely get GOTG vibes from this film. And, honestly? I really liked it. Don’t get me wrong, the film isn’t all comedy – SPOILERS AHEAD – with the loss of Odin and (RIP) Thor’s majestic hair, this film is definitely setting us up for something big. My guess is that The Avengers: Infinity War might not fair well for my favourite Avenger…

One of the show stealers for me is the cameo by the director of the film, Taika Waititi. As the voice actor of Korg, a gladiator under the rule of The Grandmaster, he completely steals the show with his dialogue. If he dies in The Avengers: Infinity War I will be so angry.

The one thing that irked me about this film is the lack of LGBTQ characters. In the comics, Valkyrie is bisexual. In earlier shoots of the film, this was pointed to. However, it was cut from the final edit. There is one scene that hints at a possible same-sex relationship she once had, but again it was nothing concrete. Also, Korg is gay in the comics. While I know that he isn’t on screen enough to actually have a story arc to show his sexuality, a passing reference would have been great.

Other than this, I think the story was great. Jeff Goldblum plays a great bad guy in the film and one that isn’t too serious either. It’s definitely one of the more light-hearted Marvel films, and I’d definitely recommend it if you’re a Marvel fan.

It’s refreshing, has a decent plot and lets us in on some of the darker aspects of Asgard, I give this…

4/5 

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