Review: ‘Thor: Ragnarok’

Thor Ragnarok

The following is a non-spoiler review of Thor: Ragnarok.

With the on-going success of superhero films, it comes as no surprise that the phrase “superhero fatigue” has surfaced.  Is the market oversaturated? Will the superhero bubble burst? Will audiences grow tired of the world being always on the verge of extinction? Marvel continues to prove time and time again that for them, superhero fatigue remains a non-existent factor.

Marvel has taken the superhero film formula and reinvented it. From Captain America: Winter Soldier to Ant-Man, Marvel isn’t afraid to take these characters in new, uncharted directions. That type of creative initiative is on full display with Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok.

Ragnarok is a distant departure from the world established within Thor and Thor: The Dark World. Waititi’s style is bold, bright, a kaleidoscope of vibrant colors and humorous. Thor has evolved since Age of Ultron through short comedy sketches with roommate Darryl (also directed by Waititi). That type of humor is immediately utilized in Ragnarok. Hemsworth is allowed to embrace a lighter side to Thor. Hemsworth is comfortable in this role but brings new emotions and characteristics to a fan favorite Avenger.

Ragnarok is enhanced by the presence of Bruce Banner/The Hulk played by Mark Ruffalo.This movie is a buddy-team up story and that helps to balance the world of Asgard. The Hulk smashes, but this role allowed Ruffalo to fully emote as Hulk, not just as Banner. Having Hulk as a player in this film allows for the action sequences to be even bigger than before.

Waititi and Marvel recruited new talent to join the MCU including; Cate Blanchett who commands the screen as Hela. She brings a sense of gravitas to a role that otherwise could’ve been another Marvel villain afterthought. Tessa Thompson also joins the cast, along with Jeff Goldblum as Grandmaster. Thompson amplifies a trend that has surfaced in superhero films, have women kick ass and save the day, without being a love interest.

Waititi brings the story of Ragnarok to life through humor, incredibly colorful visuals and allowing important moments to carry weight. He takes risks with characters and the story as a whole but the reward is a non-stop entertaining movie that feels like a natural evolution for the MCU.

If Marvel continues to allow filmmakers to execute their vision, much like Waititi did, while putting the pieces together of a larger over-arching story, superhero fatigue will remain only a theory, never a possibility.

Ragnarok also has the best cameo, in all of the MCU. #Spoilers #Seriously

Did you enjoy Thor: Ragnarok? Comment below or tweet @lewischelsea21. A spoiler review will be posted in the coming days.

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