I realize that those of us of a certain age are thinking, good Lord, not another Marvel Comics movie. I might be right there with you, except I love the Thor series --- I mean, really, Chris Hemsworth, are you serious? I'd go just to watch him. But, I digress ---
Anyway, "Thor: Ragnarok" ('Ragnarok' means end of days in Norse mythology) is a blast! It's fun, it's exciting, it's hilarious --- and then there's Chris Hemsworth ---
The God of Thunder, Thor (Hemsworth) has had his mighty hammer destroyed by his incredibly evil sister, Hela (Cate Blanchett). She has returned to Asgard to exact revenge on those who forced her into exile and to unleash Ragnarok, the end of Asgardian civilization.
Odin (Anthony Hopkins), the King of Asgard, and Thor's father, has been dispersed. Loki (Tom Hiddleston), Thor's adopted brother, whom he can never trust, and Thor must find a way to come together to defeat Hela and stop Ragnarok. They enlist the aid of the Hulk/Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) and Valkyrie (Tess Thompson) in their efforts to eliminate Hela and save Asgard.
"Thor: Ragnarok" is as entertaining as comic book movies can be. Following up on this past summer's "Wonder Woman", which is a wondrous example for all young girls everywhere, this third installment of the Norse Super Hero by Marvel illustrates just how powerful and popular these characters are.
Hemsworth is as delightfully charming as ever. He makes it all look so easy and effortless. He must possess an amazing sense of humor, because his winsomeness truly comes across on film. Hiddleston plays Loki with enough charm and panache to make anyone believe he's changed. You just never know with him. And Ruffalo doesn't disappoint as the Hulk. He's one of my favorite Marvel characters. And he's funnier than usual this time out.
Directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Taika Waititi, with a well-crafted screenplay by Eric Pearson, Craig Kyle and Christopher L. Yost, based on the original character developed by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1962, "Thor: Ragnarok" expands the franchise to a new and different level. It's an adventure that begs to be seen on the big screen, so don't wait to watch it at home!
Opinion: See It Now!
If you've read any of my previous reviews of films featuring super heroes, you know this is not my genre of choice. But this latest movie about Thor, the son of Odin, is full of humor and action, the two things many fans look for in their super hero productions.
"Thor: Ragnarok" once more showcases Chris Hemsworth's great appeal as the God of Thunder, and the on-again/off-again relationship with his adopted brother Loki, played by the always engaging Tom Hiddleston. Much of the tongue-in-cheek laughs are provided by this duo, as well as Jeff Goldblum's Grandmaster character. But we can always depend on Hemsworth's style of not taking himself too seriously, and it works well.
New to the cast is Cate Blanchett --- almost unrecognizable in a dark wig --- playing the evil and formidable Hela. She seems to be enjoying herself immensely. Anthony Hopkins returns as Odin, and Mark Ruffalo appears as the Hulk/Bruce Banner. His act is getting a bit stale, though.
"Thor: Rangarok" features spectacular set designs. Though our screening was in 3-D --- and for whatever reason --- the special glasses washed out the vivid colors of the production. Trust me, I checked constantly throughout the film. So personally, if I could do it over, I would forego 3-D for the traditional two dimensional version. Other than Thor's familiar hammer being flung around, the 3-D wasn't necessary.
Opinion: Mild See It Now!