Thor: Ragnarok review: It's the most enjoyable Marvel movie ever
For years, superheroes have been brooders. While they go around saving the world from the evil, dark forces, and instil faith in people about goodness - their own lives are messy, depressing and mostly sad. Most often they fight their own demons while fighting evil.
God of Thunder, Thor from Asgard seems strikingly different from those superheroes. The latest film from Marvel stables - Thor: Ragnarok is refreshingly different in terms of its treatment. While the primary story remains the same; superhero saving his people from the evil forces, it’s the underlying humour that completely blows you away and pastes a smile on your face throughout its run-time.
Chris Hemsworth apparently was ‘bored’ of playing Thor and so, when he decided to play it the fifth time, he along with director Taika Waititi gave the character a makeover of sorts. And that perhaps was the best decision that they took. Because the film is such an enjoyable ride that you crave for more even when it’s over.
The story begins two years after the Battle of Sokovia, where Thor(Hemsworth) is held hostage by fire demon Surtur. Surtur informs that Asgard is no longer under the rule of Thor’s father Odin and about the city’s impending doom.
After destroying Surtur, Thor descends at Asgard only to find his brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston), whom he had thought had died two years ago. The two brothers then set out to look for their father (Anthony Hopkins in a cameo role) who eventually tells them that his time is over and that doom is impending on Asgard at the hands of his first-born Hela (Cate Blanchett) the God of Death.
They do meet Hela soon after who sends the two brothers to a different planet as she lays claim on Asgard. Held captive in a bizarre planet called Sakaar, which is ruled by a narcissist Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum in a hilarious role) Thor meets his old friend Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), a former Asgard citizen Scrapper 142 (Tessa Thompson) and befriends with a few captive and stages a revolution and heads to Asgard to save his people.
The film’s battle scenes are absolutely stunning. The dual between Surtur and Thor right at the beginning sets the mood well for the rest of the film. The battle between Hela and Thor, and the end battle scenes are absolutely awe-inspiring.
Coupled with a super edgy background score ( including Led Zeplin’s The Immigrant Song)- the film’s fight scenes are cinematically superlative.
The Marvel Universe has for long been acing in the genre of Superhero films against DC. Thor: Ragnarok can easily be a crown jewel of that universe.
A gamut of Hollywood names have walk-in parts including one by Benedict Cumberbatch, Matt Damon and Idris Elba leaving viewers giddy with joy. It also helps that all the actors, despite their screen time, deliver superlative performances in their respective parts.
Above all the film scores because of the quirky lines. Writers Eric Pearson and Craig Kyle ensure that laughs keep coming in throughout and you enjoy thoroughly the mindless banters that Bruce and Thor or for that matter Thor and Loki share on screen. These three characters have the best lines.
You should be watching Thor: Ragnarok this weekend. Whether you are a Marvel fan or not, a Superhero fan or not- you will thoroughly enjoy because there is not a single dull moment in this film.