MouSeeker Reviews: Thor: Ragnarok
If you would have asked me 6 years ago that I would actually go to the theaters to watch a Thor movie, I would have thought you were batty. I’m probably part of the very small majority that isn’t a fan of Thor from the Marvel movie universe. I was actually very wary of the whole Marvel madness that started with Iron Man, since I was, and still am, a DC Batman fan. (Although, not a fan of the new DC universe, but I digress) It took me awhile to even watch all of the Marvel movies until The Avengers, and then I really got into it, but the Thor storyline wasn’t something I enjoyed all that much.
A little background on my interaction with the Marvel movies, I am a big fan and I have watched all of the movies, except for Thor: The Dark World. I have watched bits and pieces but never sat through the whole movie and quite frankly, I’m not sure what happens in the movie at all. Like I have said before, I’m not that much of a fan of Thor. I don’t dislike Thor, as an Avenger or as a character, but he is on the bottom of my list of favorites.
Movie Disclaimer: This review is a spoiler free as much as I can. I refer to parts of the movie that were only shown in the Thor: Ragnarok trailers, and won’t give any key storyline plots away, so you can decide if you want to watch it or not.
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Tess Thompson, Mark Ruffalo, Cate Blanchett, Jeff Goldblum, and Anthony Hopkins
Theater Release Date: November 3, 2017
Third Installment of the Thor movie line
17th Movie in the Marvel Universe, and part of Phase Three
Synopsis: Thor: Ragnarok takes place in the Marvel timeline if you are keeping track, 4 years after Thor: The Dark World, 2 years after Avengers: Age of Ultron and around the same time as Captain America: Civil War and Spiderman: Homecoming. Basically, if you were wondering where Thor was in Civil War, this movie was what was keeping him occupied.
Thor has been busy trying to find the Infinity Stones through the galaxy and finds himself imprisoned and forced to fight in a gladiatorial like deathmatches against his will, which ultimately finds him against an old-familiar pal, The Hulk. While trying to convince The Hulk and a mysterious bounty hunter, to help him escape, Hela the Goddess of Death has taken over Asgard and threatens the galaxy with her rule.
Familiar Faces and New
In this Marvel movie, we see another way of combining multiple Avengers’ stories together, while really paying homage to just one. (I.E. Captain America: Civil War). The Hulk makes a BIG presence in this film, which will settle the big question of where the heck did he go off to after Age of Ultron. And I do mean he makes a big presence, with Hulk being in the majority of the movie, first coming in as a gimmick (see gladiatorial fight scene) and then actually being a driving force for Thor.
Loki returns alongside Thor and really lives up to his name as the God of Mischief in this movie, as opposed to all the other films where he was incredibly power hungry and didn’t play his namesake. Don’t get me wrong, Loki is still very much power hungry, we just get to see a more playful, mischievous side of him.
New characters arrive on the screen with Tessa Thompson playing a bounty hunter, and Jeff Goldblum as The Grandmaster, who both add so much to this movie both in the story and comedic performance.
There are some well-placed cameos throughout this movie, both from the Marvel Universe and celebrity world that just made me want to cry out of sheer joy and laughter. Definitely, a real treat to add to this film.
When I first saw the trailers for Thor: Ragnarok I got the inkling suspicion that it was really similar to Guardians of the Galaxy, in the way of music and overall look. It has this 80s vibe to look and feel of the trailers.
You can see in the trailer above, I would point out first the font of the title, is very vibrant with the block letters. The music is another element that jumped out at me, in this trailer the background music just reminds me of 80s films. Even though Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song”(the 1970s) is the main soundtrack for Thor, it still has that same feel of Guardian’s of the Galaxy, only with a little bit more edge.
In any sense, because of these elements that I saw in all the trailers, I was psyched that maybe GOTG would finally meet up with Thor. Sorry to burst any bubble, but D23 Expo put an end to that with their sneak peek of the new Avengers movie coming soon. But you can see the similarities along with me, right?
This was such a great big departure from the Thor movies that I’ve known. I haven’t watched a Thor movie in theaters before, and like I mentioned, haven’t sat through and watched the entirety of the sequel. This movie was…fun! And I loved every second of this movie. Thor: Ragnarok definitely took notes from The Avenger movies and Guardians of Galaxy in forms of comedic breaks from the impending doom that always befalls the Avengers. Not only was comedy added to the Thor franchise but everything seemed a little lighter and more vibrant from the color tone of the movie, to the music that made you feel something for every moment of the film.
If you remember from The Dark World, it was very dark(surprise) and brooding. There were saturated tones, ominous background music, and frankly, it felt strained to go from one scene to the next. I couldn’t tell if it was a good movie or not since I didn’t finish it, but it was boring to me and they were trying to forcibly push the somberness of the plot. With Ragnarok, it felt different like Thor gained a new personality and identity and it showed that progression with his new wit and look. A Thor 2.0, if you will. He is funnier, stronger, and discovers who he truly is.
For those that are a little skeptical about a newish Thor that jokes around, and is witty because they aren’t reverting back to ignorant almighty Thor from the first film. You got to remember he did date Jane, so he was on Earth for quite some time and probably has discovered human sarcasm from Darcy. He was also with the Avengers for a little bit of time, and with hanging out with Tony Stark would probably leave an impression on you. Also, there is this little gem, that I am wholly believing is canon….
When Thor got a roommate. It’s definitely worth the watch, and you can see the personality transformation here.
This movie is great and has all the elements for a blockbuster: action, superheroes, wit, comedic timing, lovable characters, sprinkle of cameo, badass baddie, and an easy to follow storyline with a rough and albeit happy ending. This film doesn’t take itself too seriously, and that’s what makes it even more charming because you can see these character call out their own flaws.
The music is phenomenal. And I don’t usually pay attention to the score of films that much, maybe the Guardians movies made me actually listen out to it. Mark Mothersbaugh, who is the person behind the soundtrack of Ragnarok, actually mentioned he was influenced by electronic music with a “cosmic” sound to it, citing that he would actually want the original Queen to do the soundtrack. If that doesn’t set the tone for you, nothing will.
Remember when I mentioned I didn’t like Thor? I like Thor now, and I’m glad he is now truly the God of Thunder and he knows his place.I will gladly say Thor has moved up on my Avenger’s list. And can we talk about the Hulk/Banner/Thor dynamic? I can’t too much or I will spoil something here and there, but it’s always fun to watch those two (three?) on screen together because you know something is going to break or there are going to be laughs. I didn’t have one favorite character, because of the performances and bringing them together, I like them all.
Is it the greatest Marvel movie out there? Sadly no, but it is a fun ride to take on this Marvel Universe train. It’s like an awesome palate cleanser getting you ready for the main course.
I do recommend going out and watch this movie in theaters. There are some tie-ins to the main Marvel Universe story, so it’s not technically a mandatory must see. But if you have watched every film so far, why would you stop now?
MouSeeker Tip: Don’t forget that Marvel Universe movies have post-credit scenes. In this one, there are two! Don’t leave the theater so early!
MouSeekers gives Thor: Ragnarok:
4 binoculars out 5!
Cons: Some lame jokes, too long on the side story, green screen flubs
Pros: Soundtrack, New Thor, Jeff Goldblum playing Jeff Goldblum, “Pure Imagination”, Light and funnier than past Thors, Korg
Now you know what I thought, I would like to know what you thought! Let me know if you liked it or disliked it in the comments below. I always like to hear other perspectives!
These reviews are formed from my opinions and weren’t swayed by any outside help. This review is no way sponsored and was watched and bought on my time and dime.
Kasi the MouSeeker