The Thor movies have not exactly been my favorite Marvel movies. Ragnarok however is the best of the three in my opinion. It seems the team at Marvel Studios decided to go a little less serious and give us a film more akin to Guardians of the Galaxy. The lighter tone makes for a fun romp.
The cast of actors in this film is rather spectacular as well. Sure, Sir Anthony Hopkins has appeared in the previous two incarnations and is again in this film. But we get a full dose of Jeff Goldbloom and Cate Blanchett to thicken the sauce on the marquee. That’s three best actor/actress Oscars between Sir Anthony and Ms. Blanchett.
Goldbloom is perfectly cast as the eccentric sadist overlord of Sakaar. I always liked Jeff and he deliverers here in Ragnarok. As for Ms. Blanchett she serves as the primary antagonist in this movie and she is up to the task.
We get some Karl Urban aka Bones in the reboot Star Trek as well. His part is small but a critical element in the plot development. We get a bit of a Doctor Strange cameo that is rather entertaining.
Overall this movie has some very funny sequences to compliment the action sequences. Director, Taika Waititi does a masterful job of blending the sequences together and the two plot lines that merge towards the end of the film. This is Mr. Waititi’s biggest effort ever and he should do rather well. This movie has enough pure entertainment value to carry it deep into blockbuster status. It isn’t likely to threaten any of Marvel’s juggernaut productions as far as box office numbers go, but it should do well.
It is hard to put my finger on any one thing I really like about the movie, but the sum of its parts make a great show. I never felt lost in the story line, the flow was good and the mix of humor, action, and darkness was near perfect. This movie does not take itself nearly as serious as the other two Thor films and that works here where we have a great number of characters to follow.
I will not offer any spoilers here, but I will say that Thor will emerge at the end of this film more powerful than we ever thought. He will likely be a big part of the Infinity War movie. I am looking forward to that and 2018 is just around the corner 🙂 Check the updated movie list with the tab above.
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