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Frank’s Takes | “Thor: Ragnarok” – Movie Review

Thor: Ragnarok is directed by Taika Waititi and is the third Thor film in the ever expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

After having visions of his world in dire straits, Thor returns home only to find out the Goddess of Death, Hela is planning the malicious takeover of Asgard. Being over powered by Hela, it’s up to Thor and a gaggle of unlikely allies to put a stop to her.

For the longest time, Thor’s last two solo outings have been bookmarked by fans as some of their least favorite in the MCU. They’re watchable entries in their own right, but just don’t stand out in the long run.

Now being the umpteenth film in the MCU, Thor: Ragnarok has flipped everything we thought we knew about a typical Thor movie to make a relentlessly entertaining, hilarious comeback for the God of Thunder. Go figure.

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No one has ever doubt Chris Hemsworth as the Thor, but the notion must still be reinforced because Hemsworth continues to own this role. Being Thor to Hemsworth must be second nature to him by now and it’s easy to see how comfortable and how much fun Hemsworth is having on screen.

Mark Ruffalo returns as Bruce Banner, otherwise known as The Hulk in this film to team up with Thor and it is a crowd pleaser. Thor and Hulk have always had small snippets of chemistry on screen together in past MCU films, but nothing compared to them in Ragnarok. They’ve got a great, fun dynamic between them and it’s infectious.

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From a storytelling perspective, Thor: Ragnarok is extremely well balanced in regards to action, humor, and urgency. Ragnarok is one of the funniest outings in the MCU, rivaling Guardians of the Galaxy levels of comedy.

Not only is the comedy top notch, but it’s weaved into the story seamless. While the audiences is having a blast along the way, Thor’s home world is still in jeopardy and there are still stakes involved. Not to mention being accompanied by loads of exhilarating and captivating “badassery”, Ragnarok never ceases from entertaining.

Now while some audiences might find this mixture of comedy in Thor to be a gripe, some audiences will find it to be a great change of pace. Marvel adapted from the shortcomings of the last two Thor films. Why not flip the script on this Thor movie and make it an action comedy? We are so deep in this film universe anyway, let’s take a chance on Thor and see if this idea works better than The Dark World.

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FINAL TAKE

It’s thanks in part to impeccable writing and directing from Taiki Waititi, Thor: Ragnarok was able to roll the dices and come up big time. Every review for this film has said it by now, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t say it here; this movie is so much fun.

Being boasted by bold choices and phenomenal action makes this third Thor film of one of the most impressive entries in the MCU to date. Thor: Ragnarok is a shot of adrenaline straight to the heart.

I’m going to give Thor: Ragnarok a solid “A” on the movie grading scale. Now we just need Justice League to kill it in two weeks and we’ll have arguably the best year of comic book films in history.

As always, thanks so much for reading and make sure to stay posted to Frank’s Takes for more reviews. Until next time, keep it 100.

 

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