Thor: Ragnarok Reviewed

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Thor: Ragnarok, the 17th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is a relentlessly entertaining blend of adventure, fantasy and humour that will not only satisfy fans of the Legendary Jack Kirby’s comic book era but also Cinematic fans of action comedies.
Taika Waititi does an amazing job stepping into the directing chair which once again sees Chris Hemsworth brilliantly portraying the title character of ‘The God of Thunder’ (Not Lord of Thunder) in a more fun and humorous way than we have seen in previous entries in the franchise, firmly making the character his own.

Taking place four years after the events of Thor: The Dark World and two years after the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ragnarok sees the return of the mischievous Loki (played by Tom Hiddleston) secretly ruling Asgard in the disguise of Odin (played by Anthony Hopkins). Having been uncovered by his adopted brother Thor, we see Thor and Loki go in search of Odin with the aid of Doctor Strange (played by Benedict Cumberbatch), where they encounter Hela, the goddess of Death (played by the fantastic Cate Blanchett), who plans on ruling Asgard as well as the nine realms for herself. After an initial battle against Hela, Thor and Loki are exiled to the planet of Sakaar, the home world of the Sakaarans and many other species stranded from different realms throughout the cosmos. Sakaar is ruled with an Iron fist by the charismatic Grandmaster (brilliantly played by Jeff Goldblum). On Sakaar, Thor must face his old Avenger teammate, The Incredible Hulk (awesomely played by Mark Ruffalo portraying dual roles as Bruce Banner and The Hulk) in a game show style Gladiatorial duel in a bid to win his freedom and stop Hela’s devious plan for Intergalactic Domination on Asgard.

As well as a great retro-inspired soundtrack including Led Zeppelin's classic ‘Immigrant Song’, Ragnarok gives some impressive performances from many stars including the return of Idris Elba’s all-seeing, all-hearing ‘Heimdall’, Newcomer to the franchise, Tessa Thompson, gives a strong and powerful performance as the hard-drinking warrior ‘Valkyrie’. Karl Urban as Asgardian warrior and henchman ‘Skurge’ and in a show-stealing performance the director himself, Taika Waititi as the ‘Korg’, a soft-spoken stone creature gladiator with a strong Māori accent.

With beautiful and magnificent set design, as well as visually stunning cinematography, Thor Ragnarok is the funniest and biggest Thor film so far, bringing the grandeur that fans would expect from a Thor movie. The humour is unmatched from any Marvel Cinematic Universe film so far. With the film not just being about hilarious situations but having heavy seriously alerting universe stakes that will change and shape the Marvel Cinematic Universe for future characters. Be sure to stay to the very end as there are two mid-credit scenes

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