MOVIE REVIEW: Thor Ragnarok - A THORoughly enjoyable experience

BY JESICA SLABBERT - OCTOBER 30, 2017

As a Marvel movie fanatic, I was more than ready to jump onto the next installment of their movie franchise, it being the much anticipated Thor Ragnarok, the third movie in the Thor series.

From the trailers alone, fans could see that there wold be an introduction of a new villain Hela (Cate Blanchett), who not only seems all-powerful, but manages to break Thor’s mighty hammer like glass in front of his very eyes.

Thor (Chris Hemsworth) then ends up on some strange planet where lost things seems to gather, including his ever so mischievous brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston), a drunkard Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), and even the angry green giant Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), who has been absent from the Marvel Universe since his dramatic escape act in The Avengers Age of Ultron.

This film also brought in another Marvel favourite as Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), who had his solo movie come out in November last year, makes an unexpected appearance early on in the film.

Tom Hiddleston returns as Loki and brings back the lovable trickster that fans simply adore. Mark Ruffalo plays Hulk like never before, having to be green for a lot longer, and certainly a lot more chatty than ever before.

Cate Blanchett plays the Nordic Goddess of Death Hela, and she plays it impeccably well. Being the first female villain with a leading role in the Marvel films, Cate has set the bar high for future villains of the Marvel cinematic Universe, though with Thanos said to be making an appearance soon we can expect the bar to rise even more.

I can honestly say that out of all the movies in the Thor franchise, Ragnarok ranks the highest. Not only was there an assortment of new characters to enjoy and the return of old ones to look forward to, but the humour and slapstick comedy in Ragnarok brought a much more entertaining and fun atmosphere to the franchise itself.

The film takes a decidedly less dark approach to the Marvel Universe, opting to crank up the humour instead of focusing on the dread that one would expect from a film called Ragnarok; which literally translates into the end of the world.

The movie promises that Thor will make an appearance in their most anticipated film Avengers Infinity War, which has yet to set a release date. But fans are all on the very edge of their seats in anticipation for it and a combination of every Marvel film made. 

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