Movie Title: Thor: Ragnarok
First Watch / Repeat Viewing
Running Time: 2 hr. and 10 min.
Who did I watch with?: Stephie
Where did I watch it?: Home
Thor: Ragnarok is a worthy continuation of the Thor series, but lacks the feeling that makes some of the other franchises in the M.C.U. so good. Several scenes were clearly influenced by Guardians of the Galaxy, but they are not as entertaining in a Thor movie. Chris Hemsworth is great in his return as the buff bludgeoner Thor. His brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) is revealed to be alive in the first few minutes of the film which was not particularly surprising.
The movie opens with Thor taking away a powerful artifact that will prevent the coming of Ragnarok, the end of times in Norse mythology. He has been cruising through the different realms of Asgard only to discover them in disarray. Upon his return to Asgard he discovers that Loki is there impersonating his father Odin, (Anthony Hopkins) so they go to get him back. They go to Earth where they run into Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) in a pointless cameo who locates Odin for them. Odin is dying and as soon as he does his heretofore unknown daughter Hela (Cate Blanchett) will be released from her prison. Hela is the goddess of death and soon goes on the warpath to reclaim her throne. She arrives on Asgard only to discover that no one has heard of her and no one remembers her exploits.
In the meantime Thor and Loki end up stranded on a strange planet ruled by the Grandmaster played by Jeff Goldblum. Thor is imprisoned and forced to fight the Grandmaster’s champion, which turns out to be the Hulk. Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) has been in the form of the Hulk since the end of the last Avengers movie. He has been here fighting all comers and living the high life. The fight scene between Hulk and Thor is pretty great. Eventually the two fight their way off the planet with the help of a newfound ally in the fallen Valkyrie played by Tessa Thompson. There is then a final showdown between Hela who has been ruining Asgard, Thor, and his compatriots. There are a couple of nice small roles played by Karl Urban and Idris Elba that work out nicely toward the latter half of the movie. It is interesting, but ultimately a bit predictable.
Thor: Ragnarok is a fine entry into the MCU if not an exceptional one. If you are as invested as most people are in how the Marvel series is going to end you obviously need to see it.
Tomorrow’s Movie: Tomb Raider (2018)