It’s been a week since Thor: Ragnarok came out and now I believe it’s time to talk about the movie in its full detail. SPOILER ALERT! If you still haven’t watched Thor: Ragnarok yet then I advise you to discontinue reading this if you don’t want to know what happens in this film. Okay now that that’s out of the way, enjoy!
Thor: Ragnarok was easily one of the funniest and most fun movies this year with its hilarious humor and wild visuals but there was one thing that this latest installment in Marvel was missing…a solid story.
The movie starts with Thor being suspended in the air as the god Ragnarok’s prisoner. Now at this point in time in the film, Thor’s mission is to stop Ragnarok from destroying his home world of Asgard from the face of the galaxy. When he does it seems like everything is going perfectly okay until….
He goes to Asgard and finds that Loki has become ruler and so he takes his brother to Earth to find their father, Odin. They end up, with the fantastic help of Doctor Strange finding Odin in Europe on the cusp of death. It is with his final words that he tells them of Hela’s inevitable return and then Odin dies.
When Hela returned it was a frightening occurrence. She was light years more powerful than her two brothers, Thor and Loki, and every other Marvel villain so far. In the beginning of the movie I was really frightened for what was going to happen. This serious story line, however, was lost in the midst of the comedy bubble that the movie ended up becoming.
The gladiatorial brawl between Thor and The Hulk wasn’t serious at all. It was a rather comical fight that was full of laughs, hilarious references to Avengers: Age of Ultron, and serious butt kicking.
After that though the story was even more lost in the comical aspects of the film. Having The Hulk talk was hilarious, the way Thor’s new team, The Revengers, was created was perfect, but there was no seriousness to the movie whatsoever.
And there were quite some plot holes in the film, like them not explaining why Thor was with The Hulk in his room or how The Hulk even got to Sakaar in the first place!
And while the battle at the end of the film was fun to watch it didn’t really have any groundbreaking significance. No one died, except for Skurge as he turned into a last minute hero, but the greatest shocker was the fact that Thor literally lost his eye! Now while that was a surprise twist in the film it wasn’t anything half as surprising as Bucky being the murderer of Tony Stark’s parents or even finding out that The Vulture was the father of the girl Peter had a crush on in Spider-Man: Homecoming. That’s unfortunate because I like watching a movie and feeling like I came away from it with a jaw-dropping reveal. Thor losing his eye was not that groundbreaking.
And the movie was boringly predictable. There weren’t any shocking twists and yes it made sense that Ragnarok was brought back to destroy Hela at the end of the film I wasn’t surprised when that happened because like I said, it was predictable. Yes, Thor: Ragnarok was a fantastic movie and one of my favorites of the year so far but there was way more comedy than actual storytelling which is kind of a shame.
My Conclusion of the Film
Now just because the story wasn’t that marvelous doesn’t mean the film wasn’t great. Like I’ve said countless times, the humor was spot on and it really was the real star of this film. Taika Waititi brought a fun, engaging aspect to this film that the other Thor movies really needed. Marvel already tried to make Thor an epic character but his movies always never delivered. Thor: Ragnarok revitalized the character big time and made me actually care about him when Avengers: Infinity War comes around.
It was also a perfect film because of its newest members. Jeff Goldblum as The Grandmaster at first seemed like a terrible idea when it was announced earlier this year but after watching the film I wouldn’t want anyone else to be the slightly psychotic ruler of the junk world Sakaar.
Taika Waititi as the comical rock creature, Korg, was an absolute hilarious addition to the film. He was so great as a slight mentor to Thor in Sakaar as well as just a good friend throughout the movie. I hope he gets a little more time in the future because he was a pretty cool character that I would love to see more of.
Skurge was a great character because he was that secret hero that was lying in wait the entire film. I think it would’ve been better to keep him alive and make him one of the team members of The Revengers because having him die gave zero emotional significance to the film and I think he would’ve been a worthy addition to the team. I also liked his character a lot and so it’s shame he won’t be in any upcoming films.
And then there was Valkyrie. If you’ve read any of my other posts about Thor: Ragnarok you would already know that she has become my favorite female superhero in Marvel so far. Tessa Thompson was the absolute perfect person to play this character. She’s tough and yet there’s a kindness to her underneath all of that steeliness that makes her character shine and makes her become part of the team, The Revengers. She’s also just very cool, simple as that. I’m really hoping she’ll at least have a small role in Avengers: Infinity War because it would kind of be ridiculous if she didn’t, especially that she’s now a part of Thor’s convoy. I also just want to see how she would react to characters like Tony Stark or even Ant-Man. I bet it would be hilarious.
All in all, I think Thor: Ragnarok is nearly a perfect movie if you just want to have fun. If you’re looking for a serious, story-based film then you pretty much would not enjoy this. I, however, love what Taika Waititi did. I love that he turned Thor into a kind of a joke and really brought out the comical side of the god of thunder. I also loved the retro feeling of the movie with its music and colors and visuals. If there is another Thor movie in the future I would love for him to direct it again. He did a great job.
I thank you for reading my review and I hope, if you’ve seen Thor: Ragnarok, that you enjoyed it as much as I did. Have a wonderful Veteran’s Day weekend.