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Published On: Thu, Nov 2nd, 2017

‘Thor Ragnarok’ Review: Marvel delivers a fun alien adventure with tons of action

Chris Hemsworth is back as the God of Thunder in Thor: Ragnarok, the third solo film for the popular Avenger. Director Taika Waititi joins the Marvel Universe and injects a ton of jokes, silliness and fun action to deliver a great film for audiences.

Thor: Ragnarok begins with Thor’s search for Infinity Stones imprisoned by the fire demon Sutur. His return to Asgard is met with the reality of Loki (Tom Hiddleston) taking over, impersonating their father Odin (Anthony Hopkins). As Ragnarok, a prophesied apocalypse, is unleashed and Hela (Cate Blanchett) arrives to conquer Asgard,both Thor and Loki find themselves trapped on a planet run by Jeff Goldblum’s Grandmaster.

Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk and Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, an alcoholic bounty hunter who once fought against Hela and now works for The Grandmaster, fill out the field as the action moves the film forward in between jokes. Fans get the eye candy of a gladiator showdown between Thor and Hulk as Hela’s destructive takeover of Asgard forces the eye-grabbing final confrontation. Audiences will be entertained.

Ragnarok has a ton of layers: part “Buddy film” part Fantasy and part Adventure. Waititi includes a naked joke, an homage to Willy Wonka, Goldblum being Goldblum and a laugh-out loud vindication for Loki’s battering in Avengers to deliver one of most entertaining films in the Marvel universe.

That said, this is no Winter Soldier.

The plot is simple and plain. Characters finish the film with scars rather than character development. Ragnarok attempts to please fans thirsty for a Planet Hulk film and present a tolerable close to Hemsworth’s Thor films (Sorry folks, the contract is over, so don’t expect more Hemsworth as Thor after Avengers 4).

The appearance by Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) is wicked awesome, but Blanchett is wasted in the Hela role just like previous Marvel films. Hela isn’t the worst villain Marvel has ever concocted, but why hire Oscar winners to throw pointy objects around?

Rock Creature Korg, played by Waititi, a giant alien made out of rocks, actually works and steals a ton of scenes. The music is great, the costumes and visuals are great, but there just isn’t much depth to the “Best Thor Film” yet.

There are two credit scenes, one for insider fans who know Thanos is coming and one to tease a character’s survival.

Thor: Ragnarok is timed perfectly for a huge box office weekend, especially after the positive buzz hits the Internet, and earns 4 stars out of 5 stars

About the Author

- Writer and Co-Founder of The Global Dispatch, Brandon has been covering news, offering commentary for years, beginning professional in 2008 on sites like Examiner and blogs: Desk of Brian, Crazed Fanboy. Appearing on several radio shows, Brandon has hosted Dispatch Radio, written his first novel (The Rise of the Templar) will be a licensed Assembly of God Pastor by the Spring of 2017. "Why do we do this?" I was asked and the answer is simple. "I just want the truth. I want a source of information that tells me what's going and clearly attempts to separate opinion from fact. Set aside left and right, old and young, just point to the world and say, 'Look!'" To Contact Brandon email [email protected] ATTN: BRANDON

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