I am not sure how the geeks of Superhero films would take the new Thor film Thor: Ragnarok. It is not an extremely in depth analysis of the character. But an outrageously hilarious take on clichéd circumstances we have seen in many of the films in this genre. I kind of prefer the Marvel way of approaching superhero films that genuinely focuses on the entertainment value without jeopardizing much of the story telling aspect and Thor: Ragnarok was an absolutely fun film to watch.
So after Sokovia, we don’t know about Thor and he was apparently in search of the infinity stones. And during that search mission he happens to discover a lot of information regarding his father and other family members. I don’t want to give away too much of the story to you, so let me put it this way. While Asgard was about to face an apocalypse kind of scenario, Thor and Loki were on another planet. The film is basically about their attempts to get out of that planet and save Asgard.
Acclaimed director Taika Waititi is the director of Thor: Ragnarok and he is a man of peculiar fashion sense and I can confidently say that the fashion sense has influenced this film’s styling. The colors and atmosphere of the film is such that I kind of felt it looked like Thor and other characters were inside a Lego movie. The visuals and conversations set it clear that the aim is pure entertainment. The references and spoofing elements in almost each scene keeps you in that giggling laughing zone. My favorite one was when Loki jumps in joy screaming “This is how it feels like”- it almost felt like Tom Hiddleston felt really bad about what happened to Loki in first Avengers movie. From that to Banner calling the central conflict of the movie as “family problem”, Ragnarok has some really hilarious moments.
Chris Hemsworth usually looked very monotonous as Thor. But here you sort of get to see the character in various shades. From a persuading guy to a fighter it felt like he was doing a little more than just posing in front of green screen. Tom Hiddleston as usual plays the role of Loki with the coolness and everyone had a great laugh in that entire Hulk Vs Thor sequence whenever the camera panned towards Loki. Cate Blanchett was pretty beasty and intense as the quirky antagonist Hela. Idris Elba still has that screen presence. Mark Ruffalo gets a chance to be in the action finally. Jeff Goldblum as Grandmaster was nice and it looks like we will get to see more of him. Tessa Thompson as Scrapper 142 was also really good. I really liked the way Anthony Hopkins played Odin in the initial sequence. Some surprise cameos are there too.
Taika Waititi adds wit to the content in even the smallest of details. From the initial scene were Thor asks Surtur to hold his speech to Thor criticizing the color scheme of the room allocated to him, these minimalistic yet funny detailing in a basic good vs bad story makes it all the more entertaining. And on a creative level Marvel is pushing the universe ahead giving space to more characters that deserved that recognition. The visuals are peculiar and great. The background score is easily something that gives a punch to this kind of a film.
So to sum up, Thor: Ragnarok was really a package that offered cent percent fun and with a fair enough story which gives us a better perspective about the characters in the Marvel cinematic universe this one is undoubtedly the best in the Thor series.
With a fair enough story which gives us a better perspective about the characters in the Marvel cinematic universe Thor: Ragnarok is undoubtedly the best in the Thor series.
Green: Recommended Film
Orange: Okay, Watchable, Experimental Films
Red: Not Recommended