Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Thor: Ragnarok - Non-Spoiler Review for one of the Best Marvel Films Yet!

Thor: Ragnarok is easily the best Thor movie yet. Not only that, it is also the best Marvel sequel to date. It is fun, it is funny and it is dramatic. As Marvel takes their superheroes into various film genres, this is the buddy action comedy film.

Combine Thor and his likability and sense of humor with the Hulk, you have some of the best dynamic interactions of any of our heroes in the MCU. The comedy is spot on each and every time. Everyone gets a great comedic moment from our heroes to the villains. This not to say that the movie is a flat-out comedy, there is still great storytelling and great heart in there as well.

Since this is a non-spoiler review, I will let you know that this film makes great use of misdirection. This misdirection helps to serve the pacing of the film. The pacing of the film is unusual and helps to create this bizarre feeling that the film went by really quickly but yet at the same time you get this overwhelming feeling of learning so much in each of the scenes.

Chris Hemsworth shines as Thor. We finally get the Thor movie that we all deserved. While I consider the first Thor movie one of the best superhero films of all-time, the second one focused on Loki so much that Hemsworth did not get the opportunity to shine in terms of his comedic talents and his charisma. The definitive Thor story had not yet been told. Marvel realized that they needed to correct this ship. They brought in director Taika Waititi, who directed a handful of small films, but showcased his talents. His films allow the characters relationships and interactions to drive the story.

Hela, played by Cate Blanchett, is one of the best Marvel villains thus far. Hela feels that she has been wronged and unfairly blamed and is absolutely ruthless. Blanchett plays her with such intensity.

Tessa Thompson plays Valkyrie and instantly became one of my new favorite characters in the MCU. Her onscreen presence literally steals every scene she is in. She plays the character with such confidence and swagger. 

Mark Ruffalo as Hulk is once again phenomenal. I can't get into too much detail without giving away too much but a lot has changed in the time we last saw Hulk at thee end of Age of Ultron until now. Playing both Hulk and Bruce Banner, Ruffalo's performance reaches another level as he is literally playing two completely different characters. His interactions with Thor are some of the best, if not the very best interactions in the MCU.

Tom Hiddleston as Loki is back and just as mischievous as before. There is still good inside Loki but clearly he still has his issues with Odin and Thor.

All the characters play against one another to perfection. All of them have a need to show their superiority to one another and in the end lead to an amazingly entertaining movie. This is the Thor movie we have been waiting for and will bring Thor to the top of the Marvel characters. His team-up with Hulk will be tough to beat. If this is the trend for the future of the MCU, then keep it coming Marvel.

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