Taika Waititi

Thor: Ragnarok


Imprisoned, the almighty Thor finds himself in a lethal gladiatorial contest against the Hulk, his former ally. Thor must fight for survival and race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela from destroying his home and the Asgardian civilization.

#action     #adventure     #superhero    



Thor has always been the oddball for me in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While I have always liked him in "The Avengers", his solo movies never quite did the it for me. They were not bad, but they were definitely some of the less stellar movies in the MCU. This made me quite worrisome going into "Thor: Ragnarok", but I am very happy to tell you that I had an absolute blast watching it. From the opening scene up until the end, I couldn't keep the smile away from my face. Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston, as Thor and Loki respectfully, were charming as ever. The rest of the returning and new cast members were also good, especially Korg as he might become a new fan favorite. The inclusion of the Hulk was a really smart move. Not only from a narrative standpoint, but also from a comedic one. The Hulk actually got to stretch his comedic muscles while still kicking ass in the meantime. The villainess Hela was menacing and superbly played by Cate Blanchett, but ultimately still a bit underdeveloped, as we have sadly come to expect at this point. In the end, I would recommend "Thor: Ragnarok" to everybody out there.

#superb 4.0


I am usually looking forward to new Marvel films and "Thor: Ragnarok" was no different, even though I had not followed it's developments too closely. First off, I would like to say there was a solid but pleasant amount of humor involved in the movie, a little more than some of the foregoing flicks. Most jokes were well placed, in context and most of all funny. This does not mean "Thor: Ragnarok" is a comedy though as the focus is still on what's going on with Thor, Loki and whoever crosses their path. Talking about crossing their path, the villain(ess) "Hela" was pretty compelling and very well played by "Cate Blanchett". However as we've come to expect from Marvel villains, spoiler alert, she ended up not surviving for more than a single movie. I would love to see more continuous villains as we have heroes, though I do understand this could make the single movies less interesting and I'm also aware we have at least 1 villain that has been teased many times and will show up in the future for at least 2 films, which is nice to see. I do want to mention some of the main characters are not quite as compelling as "Hela" and I felt like some of them just acted as filler puppets you don't really care about. Though, in the end I had a lot of fun going to see "Thor: Ragnarok" and the relatively compelling main villain and story were good to see. If you are a fan of Marvel or you are looking for a fun movie to watch in the evening, I can definitely recommend this one.

#great 3.5


"Thor: Ragnarok" is the 3rd installment in the Thor franchise and the 17th overall movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Thor franchise has proven itself to be the least solid of the bunch, but with this 3rd release they finally solve a lot of issues people had before. First of all, they finally move away from earth and we get to see more of the other realms and what else is "out there". Secondly, they mixed things up a bit and went for a more comedic tone while still keeping the movie as action packed as ever. What's more, we felt like the comedic part was even more pronounced and well executed than usual. However, one they did not change was their villain problem. While Hela is definitely amazingly menacing and incredibly well played by "Cate Blanchett", she still lacked some needed character development. We really hope to get some more continuous villains in the future. Furthermore, while certain characters were there for comedic effect, we believe some other relatively prominent characters were a bit underused and existed solely to move the plot ahead. Ultimately you just don't care about some of them. Luckily, we can still count on them being well acted as the cast put up a good job throughout the movie. In the end "Thor: Ragnarok" is the best Thor film to date and it is a blast to watch from start to finish. A must see for every fan.

#superb 4.0