I’ll admit it, when Marvel movies started really coming out, I was like “what’s all the buzz about this?” Having never been a comic book fan, I didn’t get it. And then I watched one, and then another, and then was invited to screenings and I was hooked. Just like so many others, I was invited to a screening of THOR: RAGNAROK and I liked it just as I did the others.
Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok – the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization – at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela. But first he must survive the deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger – the Incredible Hulk!
There’s action, there’s drama, there’s broken relationships, there’s new characters and there are laughs. So many corny and cheesy and funny laughs. Being a big Guardians of the Galaxy fan, I felt like this had more of that tone to it then some of the other Marvel movies featuring Thor. And don’t worry, NO SPOILERS!
Ragnarok translates to “the end of the universe” in Norse mythology, so it’s fair to surmise that some edge-of-the-seat action is definitely headed your way. And with the relationship between brothers Thor and Loki, you never really see exactly where things are going to go. Plus, characters seem to be dead and then they come back to life. Yes, edge of your seat for sure.
Just like in the previews when you see the scene with Thor and Hulk and Thor says “Hey, I know this guy from work!” It’s the silly and funny statements like those that keep the audience rolling.
Director Taika Waititi not only directs, but also plays a new CGI character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe named Korg (introduced by Marvel in a 1962 comic book). Korg is good for some laughs from the rebellious side, too. And do you know who should be scared of Korg (made of rock?) Scissors!
The first thing I noticed when I saw the previews? Thor has a haircut. Long hair isn’t really my thing on men, and while I know this devastated some people, I’m quite a fan of the new locks. I guess we should mention Loki’s hair here, too. He gets to keep his and his master manipulation skills.
The second thing I noticed when the previews came out? Hulk talks! This is the first time we’ve seen him speak. Granted, it’s not in full sentences: “Hulk Smash” “Thor Home” but the added dialog is nice. If you are a fan of the big green guy (I don’t think I’ve seen his stand alone movies), I think you will like his character developments.
Cate Blanchett’s, Hela (as in hella scary!), one of Thor’s most formidable enemies from the comics, is the first leading female villain in any of the Marvel Studios’ feature films to date. And man does she nail her scary villainous ways! Her mannerisms and the ways she speaks are quite haunting. And she’s just plain mean!
In addition to Thor, Loki, The Hulk, and the aforementioned Hela, we are also introduced (in the Marvel cinematic way) to the fierce warrior Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), debuting on the comic book pages in 1971; Skurge, the executioner (Karl Urban), a 1964 comic book debut; and the Sakaarian dictator Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum), first appearing in the Marvel comics in1969.
Take home message without spoilers?
If you like Marvel movies, I don’t think you will be disappointed with the fast-paced action, and laughs. Of course, there is some drama and quite a bit more gore then I’ve become accustomed to, so take that into consideration (remember that Hela…she’s ruthless)
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THOR: RAGNAROK opens in theaters everywhere November 3rd! Do you think you will go see it?