By Kenna Wolbers (Dubuque, Iowa, America)

 

I have four words to describe this film. Best. Thor movie. EVER. When it was announced that another Thor movie was to be release in 2017, I couldn’t help but groan at the thought of it, as I’m sure some of you did too. With the past films being darker and much more serious than the average Marvel movie, I thought it would become another copy and paste of the other boring sequels. And I’m happy to say, after reluctantly going to the theater, I came out with a smile on my face. Wow, this movie’s great. Taika Waititi gave it his all, and is now one of the most praised Marvel Studios directors in its history. You can clearly see why.

Ragnarok is fun, action packed, hilarious, and above all, what quite possibly every Thor fan wants to see. Alright, what did I like about this movie? Well, for one, the tone of this film really makes it hard to hate. Similar to the Guardians of the Galaxy series, it feels very retro, and that’s a good thing. All the songs, colors, and humor feel 80’s. Thanks to Led Zepplin for the Immigrant Song in the soundtrack.

The actors said they were having a real fun time with this movie, and it shows. Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston both put on their game face for the movie. Thor’s personality is charming and surprisingly mature, and Loki is as cunning and humorous as ever.

Jeff Goldblum, Cate Blanchett, and Tessa Thompson are also awesome additions to the cast. Although personally, Cate Blanchett didn’t get as much screen time as I hoped she would. Speaking of new characters, let’s talk about an old one. I’m glad that Natalie Portman as Jane Foster was cut from the script. I felt that Thor’s relationship with her would have dragged the plot down, so her cut from the script was much appreciated. Although, in some areas of the movie there could have been more emotion. For example, when Odin died, I didn’t expect much from Loki, but Thor? Maybe at least one tear could have been shed.

Now, the hidden themes in this movie make it very impressive. It can be interpreted in different ways, although personally, I think it’s about dealing with your past, and making it right. The Hulk is an obvious choice. Being stuck in the big guy for 2 years, of course he would want to escape all the destruction he’s caused, in exchange for a luxurious life style. Eventually, after the encounter in the Quinjet with Scarlett Johannsen, he accepts that his past existed, and grows from their as a character.

Valkyrie is also an evident example. When we first met her she was an alcohol abusing slave trader, and she would have stayed that way if Loki hadn’t shown her the past. She decides to reclaim her glory as an Asgardian warrior, while dealing with her past issue. Similar things can be said about Loki, Odin and Hela, but those were the characters that were most prominent.

That sums up most of what I thought made Thor: Ragnarok great. If you haven’t seen this movie, I highly recommend you go watch it, and if you have, that’s great! I’m glad if you were able to enjoy it.

Rating: 5/5

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