MOVIE REVIEW - THE LORD OF LIGHTING COMETH!!! THOR RAGNAROK
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***WARNING: REVIEW WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS...THAT'S WHY I WAITED A WEEK ;)***
RELEASE DATE: November 3, 2017
RUNNING TIME: 2 Hours 10 Minutes
DIRECTOR: Taika Waititi
WRITERS: Eric Pearson, Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost
Chris Hemsworth as Thor
Tom Hiddleston as Loki
Cate Blanchett as Hela
Idris Elba as Heimdall
Jeff Goldblum as Grandmaster
Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie
Karl Urban as Skurge
Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/Hulk
Anthony Hopkins as Odin
Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange
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To say that Thor Ragnarok is different from any Thor movie or any Marvel movie for that matter would be a huge understatement. The huge risk that was taken when planning the massive restructuring of the film was a gigantic risks that Marvel has taken and boy did it pay off. The music, the colors, the humor (marvel is known for masterfully adding humor to their films already) was done brilliantly. Just seeing The Hulk smile and extend his vocabulary from "Hulk Smash" personality came off incredibly well on screen.
We first see Thor in chains talking to a skeleton about his exploits. The bottom of the cage he is in falls out from beneath him and he falls to meet Surtur, a fiery and demonic entity that wants to cause Ragnarok on Asgard (Ragnarok means the destruction of Asgard). After some very funny dialog, Thor defeats Surtur and returns to Asgard with Surtur's crown to lock it away for all of eternity.
During Thor's return we see Odin (Loki in disguise) watching a play depicting how Loki sacrificed himself to save Earth and Asgard (not true). We get to see a great cameo here by Matt Damon, it's great how he just seems to just pop up anywhere. Anyway, Thor sees right through this and questions where the real Odin is. This leads to Thor and Loki heading to Earth and we get an extended version of the Doctor Strange after credit scene when the mystic Mister Doctor meets Thor.
Thor and Loki, with Doctor Strange's help, find Odin. Odin reveals that he had another child before Thor, the evil Hela who will stop at nothing to take over Asgard and all of the realms. Thor and Loki attempt to escape Hela after she destroys Mjolnir. This is where we are brought to Sakaar, the planet controlled by the Grandmaster. Here is where the real fun of the film starts.
We get some Planet Hulk story here as The Hulk is the champion of the Grandmaster. Here's a little side note. Did you know that the film's famous "he's a friend from work" line was actually written by a boy from the Make a Wish Foundation. He was just on set that day and figured to give the idea to the crew and everyone ended up loving it. How cool is that?
As the film continues we get some really great action and Thor coming to his own as he realized that he never really needed Mjolnir as he had the power to be "The Lord of Lightning" all along (you'll catch where that nick name comes from when you see sparks in the film. It's fun).
Thor Ragnarok is a great ride from beginning to end. The story is solid and we are left with a few questions at the end of the film. I won't be giving you these questions because even though I spoiled the beginning of the movie, I will not spoil the end (I actually haven't given much away at all). The film gets 4 out of 5 stars because it's all around bad ass and Cate Blanchett makes a pretty intense villain in Hela. Go see it, let us know what you think and please stay after the credits. There are two post credit scenes. Also, I would love to get feedback either on our website or @feastandfandom on Instagram about who you all think in is the ship at the end of the film. Enjoy!