Thor: Ragnarok

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This film arguably perfectly reinvents the fan favourite character of Thor, creating a fun and different story in comparison to its previous two past films of the franchise. Thor and Thor: The Dark World, are notably disappointments compared to the other films in the MCU. The two did not do great in the box office and audiences did not respond well to either, especially Thor: The Dark World. So what were we to expect of Thor: Ragnarok?

This cast of returning favourites Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, and Mark Ruffalo mixed with new favourites like Tessa Thompson, Jeff Goldbloom and Cate Blanchett make this film what it is. Especially, under the direction of such a creative writer and director as Taika Waititi. He offers a fresh new take on the character under the request of Chris Hemsworth. Hemsworth was bored by the character, of the long blond hair, cape, and of the hammer. He was stuck playing a repetitive character who didn’t show a lot of depth. Which is shown in comparison to his Avengers counterparts of Tony Stark and Steve Rogers. If it wasn’t for Taika Waititi’s new take arguably, Hemsworth would be leaving Marvel alongside his counterparts Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. after Avengers: Endgame.

The events of Thor: Ragnorok set up the new Thor for Avengers: Infinity War and his relationship with his brother Loki, before his inevitable death in the opening scene of Infinity War.

This comedic new take and interpretation of Thor, not only reinvents the character but adds new characters that help to add to the future Marvel Universe. These characters are unforgettable and were quick to leave a mark on the MCU, becoming fan favourites. To name a few, these characters include Hela, Korg, and Valkyrie. Additionally, we get to see more of the lovable and mischievous Loki. The creative direction by Taika as well as becoming the lovable pile of rocks Korg enhance the movie on another level.

The soundtrack! Led Zeppelin in a Thor movie? Who would have thought how smoothly that would work other than Taika Waititi, the brains of the operation. The use of the immigrant song is so perfect and definitely helps to create the most memorable scenes in the movie. Especially, how the song’s use in the beginning sets the tone for the new Thor franchise.

The change in the character is represented through the fall of Asgard and the change in Thor’s appearance. By shifting the film to Sakar instead of Asgard, and then returning to a fallen Asgard it shows how the old Thor is gone. This is also seen when all of Thor’s friends have been killed off following Hela’s return to Asgard. This movie is the spark of the drastic change in Thor’s life that continues throughout the next two Avengers installments. For example, his brother Loki’s death and introduction of ‘Storm breaker’ in Infinity War and the introduction of New Asgard on Earth and leaving with the Guardians of the Galaxy in Endgame.

It’s a quirky film, with a cameo from Matt Damon in the tragedy of Loki of Asgard, the beer scene with Doctor Strange, and Korg’s failed revolution. When Thor returns to Asgard, he finds his “father” enjoying a play called the tragedy of Loki of Asgard. The play over exaggerates the heroics of Loki in Thor: The Dark World, and his “death”. Thor knows something is up and that his “father” is acting differently. He holds Loki’s head until the hammer comes back, knowing it was Loki impersonating his father. Which, is such an interesting scene because it shows how well he knows his family and how low he expects of his brother. In the scene with Doctor Strange, he offers Thor tea, Thor doesn’t drink tea so Doctor Strange gives him a bottomless beer that refills once he has finished it. This scene is quirky and the conversation with Thor allows the audience to understand where Doctor Strange has been and what he has been up to. His cameo in this film is a nice nod to the Doctor Strange movie, and a character we hadn’t seen in a year. No one can forget Korg and Meek! The duo gives us lines like “piss of ghost” and “meek’s alive guys”. They add comedic lines that lighten the mood in serious situations like when they are fleeing Asgrad in ruins. Another example of this is when Thor has been captured to fight the grand champion and Korg tries to be his friend. Mark Ruffalo is back! We finally find out where he as the Hulk went following the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron, especially after his absence in Captain America: Civil War. The addition of Jeff Goldbloom’s character the Grand master helps to bring in even more comedy as if it was even possible. Then we have additions like Hela and Valkyrie, kick-ass female leads that can handle themselves. Characters like these, help to shape the minds of young girls, and are great to see in the MCU where we only really saw a handful of female characters. These include the likes of Natasha Romanoff, Pepper Potts, Wanda Maximoff, and Peggy Carter.

Overall this film takes precedence in the Thor franchise, and does a good job and hitting the reset button on an arguably unvarying character. Waititi proves to be the obvious choice for the continuation of the franchise and we can not wait to see what he does next with the next installment “Thor: Love and Thunder”.


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