Marvel movies typically have it all — plenty of action, humor, a great cast, romance, character development and drama. The previous two “Thor” movies delivered all that, so I had high expectations for “Thor: Ragnarok,” the latest installment in Thor’s story, knowing it would be a good movie.
This movie lived up to those expectations.
“Thor: Ragnarok” focuses on Thor’s (Chris Hemsworth) quest to prevent the evil and powerful Hela (Cate Blanchett) from destroying his beloved home plant, Asgard. His heroic attempts get halted when he discovers his brother, Loki (Tom Hiddleston) is still alive. The brothers find themselves stuck on the planet Sakaar, where Thor gets pitted against his fellow-Avenger and friend, Hulk (Mark Ruffalo). Thor must escape Sakaar while navigating his chaotic relationship with Loki in time to save Asgard and his people before Hela destroys everyone he loves.
The character’s relationships in the movie were fantastic. Thor and Loki’s troublesome sibling rivalry and tension plays out well on the screen thanks to Hemsworth’s and Hiddleston’s strong acting skills. Incorporating the Hulk into the movie also added another dynamic relationship with great chemistry — Thor and the Hulk. I loved seeing the two characters back on screen together, and I’m glad Marvel Studios decided to include an Avenger into Thor’s standalone movie. (Although seeing those two back together made me wish all of the Avengers would somehow show up and be relevant to the story.)
I also enjoyed how humorous the movie was. Throughout the whole two hours, my friends and I laughed continuously. Sometimes things were a little ridiculous, but that made it all the more better, and I appreciated how humor was so easily incorporated with the action and drama.
One critique is the fight scenes. At times, they were a little too CGI heavy for my liking. While I understand the intended purpose of adding CGI warriors, it made the fighting look unrealistic and slightly blurry.
Overall, “Thor: Ragnarok” was entertaining and definitely worth the money, and I can’t wait for the inevitable fourth movie in the Thor series.
Chelsea Tyler is a senior English and communication studies double major. The review reflects the opinion of the author only.