Thor: Ragnarok - The Best Marvel Movie in Years
Thor Has Now Joined the Ranks As A Trilogy Boxset, And the Third is Undoubtedly the Best
Surprising as this might sound, Thor: Ragnarok (aka Thor 3) is actually the best Thor movie in the sub-series so far, and outranks lots of the more recent Marvel movies, in fact the last great Marvel movie that comes to mind is The Incredible Hulk, as a movie that knew what it was, what it wanted out of its runtime, and achieved every goal that was set out by the movie-makers at the time of production.
Unlike the typical, more recent Marvel Studios model, no surprise that they’re backed by Disney, that involves a one set goal for all those participating in the making of the most recent movie, which is to cross the finish line with more than $1 billion in global box office takings. The truth is, Disney know their target audience all but too well, in that the 5-10 year old isn’t bothered about the smart movie plots, well-structured character development, unique cinematography, Oscar winning performances, or 10 hours of vocal training a day to perfect character performances in speaking in a fluent regional dialect, since this is all too technical for a developing young mind to even consider factoring in.
What the 5-10 year old target audience for Walt Disney Production Studios wants is action, and we’re not talking suspenseful action, or Jason Bourne style espionage with a hand-gun, what we’re talking about is CGI mimicking action, taking the life and soul out of an otherwise halfway descent superhero movie. Trouble is, Walt Disney are extremely, almost, dare we say, unfathomably popular as one of the major Hollywood movie studios active today, but this success is only admirable if we are discussing the brand that creates simple on-screen entertainment for pre-teens.
Marvel is entirely different whilst in the hands of a different major studio, like Universal Studios, who made 2008’s The Incredible Hulk, as this studio has a much broader target audience that they cater to, and that means a much more serious script is necessary before the movie can start production. If the goal is to send Hulk to Mars, then there would need to be a serious and manageable script for Universal to take any idea like this into consideration, whereas a more imaginative thinking major studio like Disney would ask zero questions about the script, but whether or not we could perhaps send Hulk to some much more distant alien planet.
Point is, Disney are known for their imaginative thinking, but not so much for their Oscar character performances or the generally speaking Academy Award style movie-makings.
Thor: Ragnarok - Conclusive Review
Almost a stand-alone movie of its own, and perhaps one of the key reasons this Marvel instalment was so much fun to watch and experience, there is no need to have any knowledge on the previous Thor instalments or the Marvel universe as a whole.
Directed by Taika Waititi, Thor: Ragnarak feels more like Guardians of the Galaxy than it does the previous two Thor movies, although the third does still tie in nicely. Humour is the substantial difference between this movie and any other Thor or Thor inclusive movie that has ever been made previously, as this movie centres itself around the silly settings, so at each humour-driven moment there is that perfect sort of silly backdrop that makes it click in all the right places.
A fun movie, but is best when not taken seriously, as this is truly a formula for success in the realm of what’s fun about a unique superhero movie. Thor is still the god of thunder, but for the first time ever we are seeing his deepest weaknesses in a life as a human-worshiped god living in a realm where he is physically outmatched by powers greater than mans, and it is his choices that truly define this movie.
Hulk is present throughout this movie, almost like it was a coincidence too good to be true, as what were the odds Thor would wind up stranded on the same planet as Hulk, far away from earth and Asgard. Trapped in a constant state of anger, Hulk is just Hulk for the first time, but we do eventually get to see his typical “Banner” human form, but only enough to make the story progress forward. Whilst stuck stranded on a distant wasteland planet, Thor, his brother Loki, and Hulk are out of their comfort zones, and brilliantly enough it is Jeff Goldblum running the place, so there is almost certainly some witty, comforting humour coming from this stars characters direction.
Thankfully, it comes with great confidence to know that Jeff Goldblum is not this movies key villain, as the spotlight instead turns to Cate Blanchett, the actress who plays Hela the mistress of evil, the rightful heir to the throne of Asgard, and the first born daughter of Odin, and Thor’s older sibling. Containing great power, Hela is much stronger than Thor, but due to unlikely events that see Thor and Loki stranded on a lost planet far from the clutches of their sister Hela, the two of them must work together fast to form a plan to get off the Roman Empire of poorly written jokes planet to go back to Asgard to save the planet from unholy destruction.
Thor and Hulk Are BFF’s
Thor started his relationship with Hulk back in 2012’s The Avengers, and hasn’t been taken forward in any way shape or form since, so Thor: Ragnarok is unique in the sense that we get to see more of the two in an environment where they are both gods, and totally powerful in their own respects as not superheroes, but actual living gods.
“Hulk is a moron”, Thor’s words, not our own. Hulk is a character that loves to smash pretty much anything and everything, but with some friendly advice and guidance from Thor, he might actually be growing as a potential good guy hero as the two make subtle plans to return to earth in the near future.
Hulk cannot hurt Thor, and for this reason alone, the two of them make for great allies, as Hulk can let off some steam by beating down on the god of thunder, and then merely shake hands afterwards without dire reprocusions. Plenty of prompt-to one-liners back and forth between the two, and Marvel feels better for it, and there is only one question which comes to mind, and that is, will Hulk ever patch things up with the sinister plotter Loki? Sure enough, Loki still remembers the past events of the finale scene in 2012’s The Avengers when Hulk slammed his body across the floor concrete, while all the while saying, “puny god”. Must have left a physical and mental scar from the beat down.
Loki is Thor’s Occassional Backup
Regardless of Loki’s key involvement in the Thor and Marvel universe series so far, his place is relatively 2 steps behind the lead story and plot at all times in Ragnarok, but does keep the team Loki morral at full tilt since he does participate a fair amount to be nudged in as one of the important leads in the movie.
Admittedly the humour is bountiful in Ragnarok, something that was more of a hit and miss in previous Thor instalments, and the character Loki is one of deceat and mismatched power, making the character an everpresent thawn in Thor’s mighty hammer side.
This also happens to be the first Thor movie that inherently avoids planet earth all together, ridding the story and key plot lines of cliched ‘save the world’ beginning, middle and end - filling the movie with everything we’ve already seen in the Transformers franchise. Michael Bay has worn the ‘save the world’ story to death, and if we’re not mistaken, the Transformers franchise has decreased in popularity in recent years because of it.
Loki is no longer the arch nemesis of Thor at long last, but he is still deceitful and likes to use his mind games and trickery, but in this movie Loki is a more setback character in the sense that he is simply there at all the right moments to help Thor get back to Asgard to stop their eldest sibling from bringing death to the realm and to save their people.
Summary for Thor: Ragnarok
The trailer for Thor: Ragnarok is perhaps one of the few movie trailers of recent years that actually delivered everything that the movie delivered, except in full-movie form. The trailers background music, theme, and all else was truly a symbolic way to get the hype started for Ragnarok, as these days most of the time it feels movie trailers can be very deceptive, which we can finally put to bed, as Ragnarok delivered on all expectations.
It appears Marvel are having second thoughts about the ‘save the earth’ tag line for each and every one of their movies, and Guardians of the Galaxy and now Thor: Ragnarok have proven that setting the superheroes story outside of earths boundaries can actually have a positive effect on the movie overall.
One of the biggest disappointments to this movie, and to all of the latest Marvel Universe phase Movies is The Incredible Hulk looking simply passable as the needless to say Hulk, as it feels Universal Studio’s 2008 production of The Incredible Hulk had the best looking CGI Hulk of all time, and Disney gave their Hulk a far worse look simply to keep all attention on the other Mravel superhero leads, as it would appear Disney’s Hulk isn’t good enough for a spin-off solo series of its own.
Since Ragnarok is a Thor movie and not an Incredible Hulk movie this really isn’t an issue, but it does feel as though the Marvel Studios operated under the Disney umbrella are less invested in the Hulk character than Universal were, and that is a disappointing fact that makes Disney’s Marvel movies less exciting for The Incredible Hulk fans (*thinking more about the 2008, The Incredible Hulk movie).
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