Skip to main content

Movie Review: Thor Ragnarok (2017) *Spoiler Free*

Is Thor Ragnarok the best Thor movie so far? Honestly, it's hard to say.

I really like the first Thor movie. It's a more relateable story, as much as a story about a god coming to Earth can be relateable. It definitely has a character arc for Thor though. You feel like he's grown as a god/person.

Since then Thor has mostly just been Thor whenever he turns up in a Marvel movie... and he's great. Chris Hemsworth is reason enough to watch a Thor movie. He makes a fairly intense, fantastical character fun and believable. However, for the most part since the first movie, he's just reacting to events around him.

Thor Ragnarok is very much that. Thor reacting to events around him. It's entertaining to be sure. I enjoyed the film very much, but my engagement with the story ended at the end credits.

In Ragnarok Thor is tasked with saving Asgard from certain destruction (Ragnarok) at the hands of the all-powerful, Hela (Cate Blanchett). Along the way he ends up on Sakarr, a junkyard planet ruled by The Grand Master (Jeff Goldblum), where he must fight his way to freedom in a Gladiatorial Battle to the death.

People have said Ragnarok is a very 'jokey' Thor movie, but Thor movies have always used humor. Here it's just a more in your face, with Thor instigating some of the jokes rather than simply playing the straight man for the jokes to bounce off. (As they should given Chris is so good at comedy acting).

As well, director Taika Waititi's brand of humor stands out as very different to the humor in any other Marvel movie. The kind of humor where you take grand ideas and layer 'normality and mundane' over the top... such as what would you actually have to do to start a revolution? Print posters maybe? (I'm a big fan of this kind of comedy).

There's a lot to like within this film. Most notable is seeing Hulk be more than a raging, angry smash machine for the first time. It's a little jarring to see Hulk talk like a regular person but he's done that for a long time in the comics, it's about time someone finally translated that to the movie version.

Cate Blanchett, as Hela, makes for a formidable villain, even if she is just another bad guy/girl wanting to rule the universe (...hey lady, there's a queue!). It's a character that I would not mind seeing again in a future Thor movie (that's not really a spoiler, she may have died in this film - you don't know - I'm just sayin' - she's very believable as a force to be reckoned with when your main character is a god).

 You also see a lot more interesting technology and more of the universe in Sakarr, a planet that feels like it belongs more in a Guardians of the Galaxy movie but got lost on the way to set - which is not a put down. You could set a whole movie on that planet and it would be amazing.

The film does have a few issues. For me, the main one is in the third act (don't worry no spoilers ahead) where time seems to stand still on several occasions for a critical piece of dialogue or moment, then starts up again when that moment passes. The kind of thing where you have a large scale battle happening and the two main characters need to exchange glares/dialogue, license plate numbers (I don't know, whatever they have to do) and neither of them is interrupted by an elbow to the back of the head from someone fighting nearby.

There's a couple of other questionable moments in the film I have but to mention them here would spoil the end of the film. Neither of them will spoil your enjoyment of the movie should you discover the same issues.

Overall it is a fun movie. Some critics are saying it's easily the best Thor movie but I'm not so sure. The first Thor film, in my opinion has a much stronger character arc for Thor. Here the Thor at the start of the film is still the same at the end, just a little more battle weary and a little more knowledgeable about his own abilities.

That said, the film does set the stage for next year's Infinity War movie, so if you're following the across movie story arc's you'll definitely want to see Thor Ragnarok.

You'll also want to see it if you've been missing the Hulk - rumor has it this is part one of a three movie character arc for the big green guy.

I saw Thor Ragnarok in 3D, which was kind of good but not essential. I'm actually over seeing movies in 3D, we just didn't realize the session we chose to was going to be a 3D one, and didn't want to wait until the regular 2D session. 3D always looks great for about the first 20 minutes of a film then you stop noticing it (at least I do) because you're more interested in the story and not the 3D effect. That's pretty much how the 3D version of this movie panned out for me.

Well worth seeing in a theatre. You may even see it a couple of times because it really is a lot of fun. You just won't be analyzing the film too much after you've seen it. Everything you need to know is all in the film.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Yukino Yukinoshita Figurine Cartoon Figure Doll Model Desk Ornament Toy Gift - MULTI-A - Product Review

I must admit I was not familiar with the Anime character Yukino Yukinoshita, from the Japanese book and TV series My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU. I bought this figure because I was browsing for one that looked similar to an Anime avatar my partner used for a time on social media.


What actually sealed the deal for me to purchase, aside from how similar the character looked, was the little panda (Pan-san) with the black star eye, which I felt gave the whole figurine set a bit of an edgy look.

When my purchase arrived I was pleasantly surprised by the quality and detail. Having since discovered the Anime TV series the figure is based upon I can say it's a fairly faithful depiction of Yukino.

Standing (or is that sitting?) at 14.00 x 15.00 x 14.00 cm / 5.51 x 5.91 x 5.51 inches the figure is an ideal size for displaying on a desk or bookshelf without taking up too much room. The 1/8 scale allows for a good level of detail, particularly in the characters clothing which, despite being P…

Virtual Reality Addiction Meets Online Shopping and Death!

I'm certainly not the first person to predict the idea of immersive virtual worlds. Movies like Tron (1982) and The Lawnmower Man (1992) are two of the earliest popular culture references to the concept I can think of, off the top of my head. Then of course there is The Matrix (1999) where the VR world idea really hit the mainstream big time.

However, back in early 2005, the practice of online shopping, with real money, for digital products in virtual worlds like Second Life (which was more cutting edge back then) began to meld in my mind with the idea of corporations controlling that experience through marketing and advertising.

Robot Uprising: Patrolling Your Home, Garden and Now The Streets!

Many people think of the inevitable Robot Uprising as a humanoid, Terminator like, robot army, wielding laser guns, hunting us down in some kind of distant future, human Armageddon. What they don't realize is that the robot armies are already taking shape, albeit in a much more passive aggressive form.

I've previously documented the Roomba as the first wave of mass produced robots surveilling your home under the guise of being a floor vacuum.

These irritating devices are supposed to quietly work away in the background while you perform Yoga poses in peaceful bliss but are actually noisy enough to attract your attention and... why does the thing keep missing that one spot in the middle of the floor but has cleaned the same corner four times already!

BEILEXING Autocycle Style ABS Cartoon Building Brick - 378pcs - COLORMIX - Motorcycle kit Product Review

The first time I saw the Beilexing Brick Motorcycle Kit I thought it was nothing short of stunning. I'm not even a fan of motorcycles in general but the detail of this set and how much it captured the spirit of a real world motorcycle really impressed me.

Then I saw the set cost considerably less than a similar sized kit from the Lego Technic range I just couldn't pass it up.

When the kit arrived it did not disappoint. Made from ABS plastic the bricks are fully compatible with, and are of comparable quality to, official Lego bricks. I did notice that the tires and chain links seemed a little less sturdy than their Lego equivalents but beyond that you'd be hard pressed to say the quality of the parts wasn't almost as good.

The model is 35.00 x 10.00 x 6.00 cm / 13.78 x 3.94 x 2.36 inches in size and should be no trouble for intermediate to advanced builders to construct with a clear, and easy to follow instruction manual.

A sheet of decals is included for you to stick …

Halloween - The Door-to-Door Salesperson of Holidays

Halloween isn't really a thing in Australia but over the years it's been gaining momentum thanks to variety and party hire stores that stock up on all things spooky for the occasion.

I dread Halloween every year because I never know if this is going to be the year some wide eyed group of costumed up kids is going to knock on the door and yell 'Trick or Treat' at me. A truly scary thought.

Halloween is a fantastic idea for a holiday, completely ruined by the tradition of going door to door for treats. If you or your family does this, I sincerely hope you never knock on the door of houses that a) You've never met the owner in any capacity and, b) are clearly not participating in the festivities demonstrated by their lack of any Halloween decorations at all.

If you're like me you probably hate door-to-door salespeople, a practice that has thankfully decreased but is still employed by phone and power companies from time to time. There's nothing worse than peop…

Super Sonico Cartoon Sitting Girl with Swimsuit Model Toy - RED - Product Review

I was not familiar with the Anime character Super Sonico created by Tsuji Santa of the Japanese computer and video game software company, Nitroplus, as the mascot for Nitroplus' annual live music festival event "Nitro Super Sonico".

I was actually looking through the GearBest website for another Anime character and liked the look of this particular display figure enough to add it to my cart. (It also helped that the figure was on sale at a significant email only discount at the time).

This particular version of the character features Sonico dressed in her Santa Cape and Swim Suit  complete with holiday trimmings. The hood/cape can also be removed and replaced with Sonico's headphone wire and trademark, long pink hair.

When my purchase arrived I was pleasantly surprised by the quality and detail. Having since discovered the Anime character (and also TV series) the figure is based upon I can say it's a fairly faithful depiction of Super Sonico.

Standing (or is tha…

IGTV - Vertical Video Done Right by Instagram

I am not a huge fan of vertical videos because they are reduced down when played in a standard horizontal format player, so it can be hard to see the detail. Usually vertical videos have black blocks on either side. It feels a lot like your watching the video from a neighbouring dark room through a narrow door frame. Also you don't get as much width in your shots making it hard to frame all of the action.

Instagram TV (IGTV) basically says 'so what' to all of the above. You can access IGTV through an icon menu item on the Instagram app (or I think you can install it separately).
You'll be taken directly to the IGTV app where the first video in your stream will automatically start playing (usually with the sound off) after first seeing some old style TV static to give that authentic 'television' like experience.