I watched Thor: Ragnarok over the weekend, and there’s really only one word to describe the film; fun.
After the success of Guardians of The Galaxy, Marvel is taking their ‘comic inner space travel films’ to whole new levels. Thor was first and foremost a comedy. And while some moments worked for the film, some moments were painfully dragged out.
Cate Blanchett as Hela was a menacing villain, but I didn’t feel as though her powers were really explored. Oh she was powerful, there’s no doubt about that, but what could she do other than create weapons out of thin air and fight? I thought there would be more.
I liked that we see how Odin and her were conquers, and that Asgard wasn’t always the peaceful place Odin would have us believe. There was a time that they ruled the lands, and a time that Hela wielded Thor’s beloved hammer.
She ends up being Thor’s long lost, banished sister, and is after the throne. I enjoyed that her character called things out as they were. The Infinity Gauntlet stored away, FAKE, the history of Asgard, FAKE. It was refreshing. And as the first female villain to be introduced in Marvel’s Cinematic universe, Blanchett was up to the task.
Blanchett looked gorgeous and played the role well, but I won’t lie, I think her character got out shinned by Jeff Goldblum’s Grandmaster, brother to The Collector in Guardians of The Galaxy played by Benicio Del Toro.
The Grandmaster was charismatic, energetic and hilarious without seemingly trying too hard.
I found it weird that Loki didn’t know who the Grandmaster’s champion was. He’s been on the planet a lot longer and has wormed is way into the Grandmaster’s inner circle, yet has never watched the Champ take anyone out? However, that inconsistency made it worth it, because watching his reaction and fear to seeing The Hulk was hilarious. Loki was not interested in a rematch with The Hulk, where he gets slammed around. He was, however, interested in seeing Thor be treated with the same respect.
Let’s get into The Hulk. He was much more of a character in this film. More so than we’ve ever seen before. Normally, it’s all about Bruce Banner, but not this time. This time The Hulk had feelings, dialogue, friendships and a place to call home. Much like he is in the Planet Hulk story line.
But, I’m pretty sure Bruce Banner is gone. If not from the fall he took in the film, then from his fear of loosing himself to The Hulk once more. Will we see him again in Infinity Wars? I hope so. The dynamic between the two characters is great, they both want to live. But neither can while the other is alive.
Doctor Strange made an appearance, explaining his post credit scene at the end of his film. He’s clearly not a big fan of Loki’s, so it will be interesting to see how he’ll feel when Thor bring’s an entire civilization of Asgard (alongside Loki) to Earth.
Speaking of appearances, Matt Damon was in the film because…why not? The man does well in space.
In the end, we see that Loki (most likely) takes the Infinity Stone the Tesseract. What will he do with it? Will he give it to Thanos or will he die trying to protect it? I doubt he’ll go up against his brother again because not only is Thor a superior fighter, but he’s also perfected his powers with lightening. He’s not called the god of thunder for nothing! The destruction of Mjolnir was instrumental in Thor not using it as his crutch. Now he can create and harness lightening all by himself. I can’t wait to see more of that in the upcoming films.
I don’t think Hela is dead. I’m hoping we’ll see her in the next films, kicking it with Thanos! Especially since Thanos is in love with death, and as she’s the goddess of death…let’s put two in two together shall we?
I’m glad that the romance between Thor and Valkyrie wasn’t forced. Especially since Jane and Thor are no more. While I think that Valkyrie is a better match for Thor than Jane, I’d much prefer him with Lady Sif, however, I enjoyed Valkyrie’s character and hope to see more from her in later films.
At the end, we see Ragnnarok take place; Asgard was destroyed, and I felt nothing. The film really didn’t pull any emotions. I was expecting to feel like I did in Avatar when Home Tree was destroyed. But no, instead, Korg made a joke out of it.
The survivors are travelling to make a new home for themselves on Earth when they are stopped by a massive ship blocking their path. I figure it’s either Thanos or The Guardians of The Galaxy. My hope is it’s the Guardians, because we need them to somehow tie in with the rest of the group.
What did you think of Thor: Ragnarok? Which Thor film is your favourite?