Thor: Ragnarok

Mark Ruffalo didn't get the fist bump memo
Verdict: 
8/10 - Very funny and entertaining, this is the best solo Thor outing so far
Release Date: 
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
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Chris Hemsworth gets to truly show off his comedy chops in Thor's third - and best - solo outing.

8

The first Thor movie in 2011 was perfectly fine as a means of establishing the hammer-wielding character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but the 2013 follow-up Thor: The Dark World didn't exactly leave fans screaming out for another one.

Thankfully, Marvel bosses drafted in indie New Zealand director Taika Waititi to helm the third instalment and give the franchise a much-needed makeover, by putting his own stamp on it and bringing his signature comedic tone to the masses.

Chris Hemsworth is back as the beefy God of Thunder, who has to protect his homeland Asgard and its people from Hela (Cate Blanchett), the Goddess of Death, who wants to claim the realm for herself.

However, before he can get round to that, he has to find his way back to Asgard after being captured by Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) and taken to the Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum), who will only let him off of his planet Sakaar if he can defeat the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) in a gladiator-style dual.

The film gets off to a shaky start as it tries too hard to be funny, with Thor dropping quips in every line in the opening scene.

The comedy makeover was expected with Waititi at the helm and certainly welcomed, but this is too much.

Luckily, the comedy becomes more natural and spaced out when the film finally gets going, though this takes a while due to catching up with old characters, such as Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and Odin (Anthony Hopkins).

The audience is then introduced to new faces before learning the story of Thor part 3; but once these pieces are in place, it becomes a fun watch.

Generally, the Marvel movies do contain a lot of humour, and Thor: Ragnarok is certainly one of the funniest instalments in the MCU (Guardians of the Galaxy is another strong contender) and it’s highly entertaining.

Hemsworth gets to show off his comedy talents, as does Hiddleston, Goldblum (playing classic Jeff Goldblum) and Waititi, in a motion capture performance for Korg, Thor's new pal on Sakaar.

Blanchett seems to relish her villain role and looks pretty scary, and Tessa Thompson plays a feisty female scavenger - basically, the MCU's answer to Han Solo - which was cool but her inconsistent British accent was very distracting.

It isn't perfect, but Thor: Ragnarok is a lot of fun and easily the best Thor movie.

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