If you’re on the fence about seeing Thor: Ragnarok, go ahead and take the plunge. It’s not perfect by any means but it’s fun, cheesy, and action-packed in all the best ways. Spoilers ahead so if you haven’t seen the movie, you might want to navigate away.
The plot centers on Thor needing to save Asgard from destruction, of course. After suffering from nightmares for weeks about his home planet’s demise, he finally makes his way over to check things out and it’s clear that Loki has been up to his old tricks.
I don’t want to give away too much but we are introduced to Hela, Odin’s firstborn child, who has been banished due to her thirst for blood. Cate Blanchett is somewhat effective in this role but there’s a lot of sauntering and taunting while her action scenes feel slow and labored. Still, the storyline is pretty cool and gives us more insight into the kind of father Odin was before Thor was born.
There are other new characters including Jeff Goldblum as the whacky Grandmaster. He proves that a leader doesn’t have to be violent or angry to be terrifying. In fact, his brand of crazy is a lot more chilling.
Tessa Thompson stepped into the role of Valkyrie and, at first, it felt really lame, if I’m honest. I don’t know if it’s because the character developed as the movie progressed or if the actress began to feel more comfortable with the script but what felt forced initially was a welcome addition by the closing credits.
There was a decent amount of comic relief, some major changes for Thor, and a nice transition into the Marvel movies ahead. Of course, the music was also pretty dope so that helped. It wasn’t the best movie I’ve ever seen but I thoroughly enjoyed those two hours at the theater (and I went into it in a very bad mood so that’s impressive).
Have you seen it? What did you think?