A Spoiler-Free Review of Thor: Ragnarok

I have to admit, I was kind of skeptical going in to watch this movie yesterday. While I knew the movie looked beautiful and fun I was afraid that the overall humorous aspect of the film would overwhelm the quality of the film. Luckily Marvel has become the masters of marrying the elements of comedy and great movie making together flawlessly. Thor: Ragnarok is a definite win in the long line of Marvel films that have come out in the past nine years.

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Up to this point and time, Thor has always been my least favorite Avenger, and it wasn’t his fault. His two previous movies were horrible and I never took him very seriously. Thor: Ragnarok was really a rebirth of the God of Thunder. Taika Waititi took everything we’ve known about Thor so far and pretty much flushed it down the drain and created an entirely new rendition of the lightning-wielding superhero and it was all for the better.

If you are looking for a complex story full of plot twists and shocking moments like Captain America: Civil War then this is not the movie for you. Thor: Ragnarok is mainly a hodgepodge of comedy, beautiful scenery, and thrilling action, nothing more. The story is slightly predictable, everything happens in the movie timeline like I expected, but that doesn’t keep the film from being one of the best Marvel movies made so far.

What really makes this movie shine, however, are the characters.

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Thor is so lovable and hilarious in this film that you just can’t help but pull for him throughout the movie. He’s lost nearly everything that is dear to him and so his journey through the film is not an easy one, not in the slightest, but he does make some rather cool friends along the way.

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Valkyrie is one of the coolest female characters I have ever seen in a movie. She is unapologetic for who she is and she can kick some serious butt. Usually, when it comes to women in movies even if they’re strong they’re still second to the man in terms of skill and strength. Not with Valkyrie, she’s just as powerful as Thor and Loki in her own incredible way and that makes her such a great asset in the upcoming movies. It’s also hilarious how she makes Thor gush whenever she’s around. That shows how awesome she is.

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The Hulk/Bruce Banner is so funny in this movie. Now if you like The Hulk for his raging and smashing and not much else then this film might not be the one for you. The Hulk talks a lot throughout the film and he’s turned into more of a joke than a serious character. For some of you, this might be very offputting but if you’re okay with a humorous Hulk then you’ll love this version of the giant green rage monster.

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I’ve never really liked Loki that much throughout the films and for good reason, he’s always the villain but I absolutely loved him in Thor: Ragnarok. He was funny, mischievous, and yet he was very much of a hero in this movie, in his own way. It was nice seeing Loki in a different light rather than being the conniving character that he used to be. I can’t wait to see him again in Avengers: Infinity War.

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Hela was also the perfect villain for the film. She was menacing, ruthless, heartless, and she was truly a villain to be afraid of because of her immense power in the film. I mean, she shattered Thor’s hammer without even blinking, literally. She is quite the force to be reckoned with.

And there were other characters in the film that were also nice additions to the movie but I’ll talk a little more about them next week when I write a spoiler review about Thor: Ragnarok.

My Conclusion of Thor: Ragnarok

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This film is fun, fun, fun with a capital F. The humor is brilliant, has great timing, and it never gets corny. The action is engaging and reminds you that this is a superhero film. The cinematography is beautiful and eye-catching. And the characters are so great you root for them all the way to the end of the movie.

All in all, I’ll give this movie a 95 out of a 100 and 4.5 out of 5 stars simply because while the movie is nearly perfect there are some things that just didn’t make sense or weren’t acknowledged in the film, like why The Hulk ended up on another planet. That wasn’t explained entirely and so that was a little disappointing. But the movie is very entertaining, it’s perfect to take children to cause while there are some adult jokes and it is rather violent at times there’s a lightness to the film that makes it perfect for children. And if you’re still kind of wondering if you want to see this film I recommend that you do. It’s a really great movie and you’ll have a marvelous time.

Well, there’s my spoiler-free review. I hope you enjoyed and I thank you for reading. Have a beautiful weekend.

 

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