Marvel Brings The Thunder:
Examining The Exciting and Colorful World Of “Thor: Ragnarok”
By Cheyenne Sykes
Posted on November 15, 2017 at 7:13 PM PDT
Thors-day, November 2nd, I had the pleasure of seeing Marvel’s newest addition to the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe), “Thor: Ragnarok.” Now, after seeing it for a second time, I can officially say that this movie has surpassed my expectations ten-fold.
Going into the theatre with medium-high expectations, I came out with a new perspective on both the MCU, and Thor. This movie was really fun and got me laughing a few times with it’s unique sense of humor. The set pieces were colorful and exciting to witness along with its action sequences and original take on Thor’s journey.
It seems that the movie is a smash hit, because “Thor: Ragnarok” thundered in it’s opening weekend with over $400 million worldwide. The film was deemed “certified fresh” on Rotten Tomatoes. With a 90% rating from fans and a 93% rating from critics, the consensus shown on Rotten Tomatoes’ website quoted, “Exciting, funny, and above all fun, ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ is a colorful cosmic adventure that sets a new standard for its franchise -- and the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.”
Thor’s monologue begins the film as he explains how he came to be at that very moment. It’s perfect, because it’s just Thor talking to himself (and the audience), until he drops from his cage and comes face to face with a creature named Surtur, loosely based on the Norse demon of the same name. In the Marvel world, Surtur is in Norse Mythology. He is the giant who plays a major part in the events of Ragnarok - a mythical, catastrophic event that destroys everything in its wake. Shortly after this encounter, Thor engages in lightning fast combat with fiery demons, while Led Zeppelin's “Immigrant Song” plays over the battle.
This film takes place in three main locations. Earth (aka: Midgard), Asgard, and Sakaar, a brand new location in the Marvel franchise. We are introduced to new characters, and are reunited with others from past Marvel stories. In Asgard, we see Loki (Tom Hiddleston) masquerading as Thor’s father, Odin. On Earth, we are briefly reunited with the actual Odin, played by Anthony Hopkins, and and encounter Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch). On Sakaar, lives the Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum), an eccentric and narcissistic leader. We also meet Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), an elite warrior turned drunk scavenger. There was one person I was really looking forward to seeing: The Incredible Hulk played by Mark Ruffalo. He appears during the gladiatorial match with Thor, donning his iconic “Planet Hulk” armour.
A new character introduced in this film, one which quickly became my new favorite Marvel character, is Korg. Director Taika Waititi provided both the motion capture and voice to bring this character to life. We first meet him in Sakaar dungeons. He introduces himself and proceeds to make a rock, paper, scissors joke, which becomes a recurring joke in the film. When I first saw him, I was thinking that he was only going to be in a couple scenes, as a throwaway character, but to my surprise, Korg kept appearing in different parts of the film, providing comedy and a playful element to the movie.
Throughout his history in the MCU, I’ve seen Thor as an arrogant, clueless demigod, only to rise to the occasion as a strong warrior when need be. In this installment, I see him go through a massive change in character from being simply a brute warrior, to being a stoic and wise hero and eventual king. Chris Hemsworth shines in his Thor performance when he brings a new sense of humor and wisdom to the character, which is something I hadn’t seen in Thor yet. Hemsworth gives Thor a human aspect, and allows the audience to sympathize and root for him. Like “Spider-Man: Homecoming” before it, we see Thor show weakness when he appears to be losing hope during his fight. In a brief communication during that fight, he says to his father, “I’m not as strong as you,” to which Odin replies, “No. You’re stronger.”
While he made jokes and gimmicks every now and then throughout the film, I saw Thor in a new, positive light that really made me appreciate him and everything he has to offer in the franchise.
Overall, I loved this film, but there were some plot decisions that involved Loki I thought were odd, based on his history in the MCU. I’m giving this film ⚡⚡⚡⚡/5 . No movie is perfect, and “Ragnarok” certainly has it’s flaws, but it’s a fun movie to take the whole family to see.