Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

Thor: Ragnarok is set after the events of Spider-Man: Homecoming, Black Panther and Doctor Strange, but it’s the references to Captain America: Civil War that are most appropriate to this movie. We find Asgard being controlled (in the loosest sense of the word) by Loki under the guise of their father Odin, who’s currently chilling out on Earth contemplating the meaning of life. Thor himself has been captured, and we watch a hilarious scene involving him and the fire demon Surtur after-which, things kick off in usual Thor-style.

Essentially, this film explores the relationship between Thor and Loki by introducing their half-sister “Hela”, which throws them together amidst turmoil and change within Asgard. Fortunately, it does this using a lot of comedy scripture, so you’re always kept laughing. A battle ensues and both Thor and Loki find themselves thrown through space to the “ass” end of the universe (literally: “The Devil’s Anus”), but as usual, Thor ends up working from the ground-up whilst Loki lands himself a cushy role with the head statesman, brilliantly played by Jeff Goldblum. It’s here where most of the films connections and visuals play out, and is also where we meet the Hulk for the first time since he flew off by himself in Civil War. The fight scene between Thor and the Hulk is awesome, and is the turning-point for Thor’s character.

Without giving too much away, Thor and Loki, along with the Hulk and their new found Asgardian friend, find their way back to Asgard to help save the people, and between them and Hela, an epic battle ensues. Thrown into the mix is Surtur, who reigns down a whole world of fiery pain and we see the people of Asgard, Thor, Loki, the Hulk and friends hop, skip and jump their way off their now destroyed home world to find somewhere else to lay roots. As per usual, a post-credits scene sets up the next movie in the Marvel chapter, so make sure you stay until right to the end!

the review

Having watched the previous two Thor films, and being pretty disappointed with the over-dependency of CGI in “Dark World”, my expectations for this one to get the Thor franchise back on track were pretty high. Fortunately, I can say – hand on heart (and replica Mjolnir in hand) – that this film is truly amazing and hits the spot perfectly.

From the poster (which looks uncannily like that from “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2”), to the script writing, down to the acting and inclusion of CGI, it’s just put together so well. Even though Thor isn’t my favourite Marvel character (that’s reserved for Captain America #bromance), you can’t help but enjoy every second of this film. And where the other Thor films always bordered on the semi-serious side of things, this takes a page out of the “Deadpool” method of film-making and includes gags, comedy timing and clever script writing to keep itself very much on the funnier, lighter side of things.

who should watch it?

EVERYONE!!! It doesn’t matter if you’re a Marvel fan or not…just watch this film. You will not be disappointed!