Verdict - Ragnarok is easily the best film of Thor’s standalone series and also probably one of the best offerings of Marvel Studios.
Thor: Ragnarok Review
In an era where we are being bombarded with a superhero film almost every other month, Thor: Ragnarok feels like a breath of fresh air. The overdose of big budgeted CGI Blockbusters often results in audiences getting lost amidst the huge fight scenes, cities getting destroyed and the disposable CGI armies. Ragnarok also has all these scenes, but it also has a lot of other stuff going for it and fans can thank the maverick Kiwi director Taika Waititi for that.
First of all, Ragnarok is not a superhero film with comedy elements, it's the other way round and director Waititi, who is known for his indie comedies having a wry sense of humor, makes the full use of his talented cast. The film starts with Thor in search of Infinity Stones when he comes across fire demon Surtur who tells him about the impending Ragnarok, a disaster in which Asgard and its residents will be destroyed. Thor is also having visions of the impending doom of Asgard and decides to investigate.
But, it's not just Ragnarok who has Thor's attention. As the audiences saw at the end of Thor: The Dark World, Loki was posing as Odin and ruling Asgard, Thor sees right through him and goes in the search of his father. After a cameo from one of the latest joiners in Marvel Universe, he finds Odin who tells him about Hela, the Goddess of Death, Odin's first born and Thor's elder sister. She will stop at nothing to claim the throne of Asgard.
His hammer, as audiences have already seen in the trailer, is destroyed in the very first meeting with Hela and without his trusted weapon, we get to see the God of Thunder in a whole new light. He gets stranded on a garbage planet named Sakaar where he's taken prisoner by the eccentric Grandmaster who melts families for fun and organizes fights between individuals from different realms. Thor comes across Hulk, his friend from 'work' and the banter between two makes for some of the best scenes.
Chris Hemsworth is having fun as the 'lord of thunder' and he gets to show the emotional side of his character as he deals with the loss of his father and hammer. He goes on a journey where he finds answers on the way and in the process becomes more mature and ready to be the king of Asgard and its people. Tom Hiddleston as Loki also shines as his character sets aside the sibling rivalry and helps his brother. Jeff Goldblum as The Grandmaster is one of the finest addition to the Marvel Universe and it would be fun to see him in further sequels.
Tessa Thompson plays Scrapper 142; a binge drinking bounty hunter who is a Valkyrie from Asgard, a member of elite female fighting forces. It was good to see that the director chose not to follow the usual romantic track between the two leads and gave them a common cause to fight for. Director Waititi also plays Korg, an alien gladiator who befriends Thor and provides some of the film's finest deadpan jokes.
Other supporting characters, Idris Elba as Heimdall, Karl Urban as Skurge also leave a mark and Cate Blanchett as Hela makes a formidable villain. Her addition solves the problem of weak and one-dimensional villain that we have seen in a majority of Marvel movies. Taika Waititi is a great addition to the Marvel Roster and keeps the tone light as in the Marvel Comics and Marvel should not let him go.
The film is deliberately loud in its fight sequences and makes the best use of CGI, Hulk, Thor and other characters having fun with the Classic Rock Immigrant playing in the background. Ragnarok is easily the best film of Thor's standalone series and also probably one of the best offerings of Marvel Studios. The film breezes through its runtime of 140 minutes and takes the viewers on an intergalactic journey with numerous visually enchanting shots.
I just wish if only all the superhero films were as good as this one, though, then how often will we come across such fine films?