Movie Review: Thor Ragnarok

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Director - Taika Waititi

Cast - Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Tessa Thompson, Jeff Goldblum, Karl Urban, Anthony Hopkins
 
This latest feature from the Avengers universe takes the typical comic superhero movie to a higher plane. It has a great star cast, generally good humor and a not-so-unheard of sibling rivalry. 
 
The movie begins with Thor finding his brother Loki impersonating their father Odin. To Thor's chagrin, Odin has decided to pass on from worldly affairs, leaving them a monumental obstacle to overcome. That obstacle is Hela, Odin's first born, and the queen of death. Odin had her imprisoned but with his passing, Hela returns to rule over Asgard.
 
She proceeds immediately to destroy Thor's hammer and casts him off for dead. Thor ends up on an alien planet where he is forced to battle his once friend and fellow Avenger, Hulk. 
 
How Thor returns to Asgard and vanquishes Hela forms the rest of the plot. Humor is peppered throughout the movie and some characters are placed perfectly for their comic effect. Jeff Goldblum, as the Grandmaster, does an admirable job. 
 
Anthony Hopkins once again impresses in his portrayal of Odin. Chris Hemsworth puts Thor through the paces with a new look and the loss of his hammer. Mark Ruffalo also briefly emerges with some comic timing as Bruce Banner.
 
Cate Blanchett impresses the most with her portrayal of the dark, bloodthirsty and imperious Hela. Her performance plays a key role in creating the dramatic tension that is a such a staple of the Thor franchise.
 
Special effects are the backbone of movies from the Marvel universe and this film does not disappoint on that front. Production quality is excellent with the lighting and color of many scenes adding to their dramatic weight or comic effect.
 
Some action scenes stand out, like the initial meeting between Thor, Loki and Hela. Hulk fighting off an extremely oversized and rabid dog in the shallow water before a waterfall is a visual spectacle. Thor's resurgence after rediscovering his power over lighting is also a breathtaking experience.
 
Finally, this third installment of the Thor franchise is about Thor ascending the throne of Asgard after Odin's passing. It also deals with themes like genocide and slavery. The movie spans a range of emotions and themes and handling all of this takes dexterity.
 
I was really impressed with Taika Waititi's 'What we do in the shadows', which combined horror and comedy. Here, he puts together drama, action, tragedy, and comedy is his wonderfully sublime style. These two hours are definitely worth your time.
4.5 shors out of 5
Reviewed by: Gaurav SashittalDirector - Taika Waititi
Cast - Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Tessa Thompson, Jeff Goldblum, Karl Urban, Anthony Hopkins
 
This latest feature from the Avengers universe takes the typical comic superhero movie to a higher plane. It has a great star cast, generally good humor and a not-so-unheard of sibling rivalry. 
 
The movie begins with Thor finding his brother Loki impersonating their father Odin. To Thor's chagrin, Odin has decided to pass on from worldly affairs, leaving them a monumental obstacle to overcome. That obstacle is Hela, Odin's first born, and the queen of death. Odin had her imprisoned but with his passing, Hela returns to rule over Asgard.
 
She proceeds immediately to destroy Thor's hammer and casts him off for dead. Thor ends up on an alien planet where he is forced to battle his once friend and fellow Avenger, Hulk. 
 
How Thor returns to Asgard and vanquishes Hela forms the rest of the plot. Humor is peppered throughout the movie and some characters are placed perfectly for their comic effect. Jeff Goldblum, as the Grandmaster, does an admirable job. 
 
Anthony Hopkins once again impresses in his portrayal of Odin. Chris Hemsworth puts Thor through the paces with a new look and the loss of his hammer. Mark Ruffalo also briefly emerges with some comic timing as Bruce Banner.
 
Cate Blanchett impresses the most with her portrayal of the dark, bloodthirsty and imperious Hela. Her performance plays a key role in creating the dramatic tension that is a such a staple of the Thor franchise.
 
Special effects are the backbone of movies from the Marvel universe and this film does not disappoint on that front. Production quality is excellent with the lighting and color of many scenes adding to their dramatic weight or comic effect.
 
Some action scenes stand out, like the initial meeting between Thor, Loki and Hela. Hulk fighting off an extremely oversized and rabid dog in the shallow water before a waterfall is a visual spectacle. Thor's resurgence after rediscovering his power over lighting is also a breathtaking experience.
 
Finally, this third installment of the Thor franchise is about Thor ascending the throne of Asgard after Odin's passing. It also deals with themes like genocide and slavery. The movie spans a range of emotions and themes and handling all of this takes dexterity.
 
I was really impressed with Taika Waititi's 'What we do in the shadows', which combined horror and comedy. Here, he puts together drama, action, tragedy, and comedy is his wonderfully sublime style. These two hours are definitely worth your time.
 
4.5 shors out of 5
 
Reviewed by: Gaurav Sashittal
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