“Thor: Ragnarok” Rocks the Big Screen


The notorious God of Thunder returns to the cinemas once more in his third stand-alone movie, “Thor: Ragnarok”; only this time he isn’t necessarily alone. The movie puts the mighty Thor in an interesting situation, where he must fight his way through various circumstances in order to prevent the end of Asgard. Strangely enough, he finds himself in a gladiatorial competition on the other side of the universe pitted against his former ally, Hulk! With the additional help of his devious brother Loki, the trickster god, and warrior Valkyrie, Thor must put an end to the Goddess of Death, Hela’s evil plot.

“Thor: Ragnarok” is rated PG-13 and was released on November 3rd, 2017. It has an approximate run time of 130 minutes. This movie was directed by Taika Waititi, who is also  notable for directing popular movies, “What We Do in the Shadows,” and “Hunt for the Wilderpeople.” The film stars Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Cate Blanchett as Hela, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/Hulk and Taika Waititi himself as Korg. The movie started with a budget of $180 million and in the span of  2 weeks has reached $502.3 million in the box office. Fellow senior, Jakarri Johnson, reviewed, “This movie was SO FUNNY. Korg was probably the best thing ever and Thor had such a potential for comedy that the director really captured. I can’t wait to see how it all comes together in ‘Infinity War’.” Currently the movie has been given a rating of 93% on Rotten Tomatoes and an 8.2/10 on IMDb.

Review (Spoiler-Free): I thoroughly enjoyed this for it’s great comedy and sturdy plot. This film did a great job of taking a character that audience members were already familiar with and putting a spin on him, shifting into a more lighthearted and naive personality. It’s humor stuck almost every time because the characters themselves weren’t trying to be funny; however the situations that they were put in created a comedic effect. It has managed to take cliches found in superhero movies and alter them in an interesting way, almost giving them validity again. The villain was definitely not the greatest that we’ve seen so far, but the film established a personal connection between Hela and our protagonist in a plausible and interesting way. The acting was phenomenal (apparently around 80% of the lines were improvised) and the visuals were astonishingly vibrant and colorful. This is a movie that had fun with the way that it was made. Marvel movies for a long while were constantly under the eyes of executives and officials that the heart that went into making them was barely visual. Senior, Michael McCloskey added to this saying, “Thor: Ragnarok had an incredibly unique style that makes this film something special. It was really fun in terms of tone and story however they sometimes threw away the story for the point of the joke. I would give it a 4.25/5.” The last point to make is that this film combats the executives having control over the artistic vision, allowing the director to have relative freedom with interpretation, making risque jokes and creating an environment that truly highlights the purpose of watching a movie; to be entertained.