Film Review – Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

Nick Kush

A current college student, Nick founded MovieBabble in October of 2016. As a film critic, he offers content that is meant to entertain as well as educate. He fell in love with film after first seeing Forrest Gump and has been hooked ever since.

6 Responses

  1. Steve says:

    Sounds like someone is listening to us for once

    • Nick Kush says:

      To what are you referring?

      • Steve says:

        Movies (esp comic book style) were growing quite stale. Mixing it up stylewise and throwing in the humor and taking some risks is just what the doctor ordered

      • Nick Kush says:

        Ahh I gotcha! In total agreement there. These days, a superhero film needs to do a lot to impress me. I’m getting pretty sick of the isual doomsday plot with the villain of the week. Granted, Thor still had those elements, but it used clever subversion to keep things interesting.

  2. Normally, we would be crying foul for trying to cram so many things into one movie. However, I never found anyone from the main cast to be underutilized. I was surprised that Karl Urban was unrecognizable (to me, at least) as Skurge a.k.a. Executioner. However, I really enjoyed a payoff involving some guns that he acquired while on Earth/Midgard (Texas, to be exact). I can definitely agree that Cate Blanchett absolutely sells it as Hela. Already having a commanding presence that she could bring to her character, she was SO (pun intended) Hela Good! I also agree that because of everything else that’s going on in the film, she’s somewhat sadly hanging out in the background as a looming threat, even though she easily mows down Asgard’s forces and conquers the kingdom (since she stills needs the land to be literally a powerful goddess). I was able to easily recognize the Planet Hulk elements on my own (since I’ve read the original source material and saw its animated adaptation), but I was initially put off by director Taika Waititi’s giving Korg a comical British voice after I was used to hearing Kevin Michael Richardson’s deep & confident voice. Not only that, but Miek wasn’t even given a voice. With the former, I got used to it as the film progressed and with the latter, it’s probably for the best given that there’s so much going on here and this is supposed to be Thor’s film. Hemsworth (with a bit more comedic flair) and Hiddleston continue to be tight as Thor and Loki, the Hulk was also solid, Valkyrie was a nice addition (especially with a series of slow-mo shots that her previously failed attempt to stop Hela alongside her fellow sisters) and for what small screentime they get, Idris Elba and Anthony Hopkins (in a FAR more dignified manner that what he got in Transformers: The Last Knight) do their jobs really well as Heimdall and Odin. Before I close, neat cameos from Benedict Cumberbatch’s Dr. Strange and (though more as a recorded message) Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow. Also, it’s interesting how the Thor Trilogy bookends itself with our Odinson almost becoming King of Asgard near the beginning and actually becoming the royal ruler at the end. Overall, though it feels like there’s a lot to process (especially on first viewing), it was still very entertaining and sets things up for Thor & Hulk in preparation for the fight against Thanos.

    • Nick Kush says:

      From what I know about Infinity Wars, I like that this film literally ends where it will pick up in May.

      This movie did what it needed to do by making Thor a super likable character that we can all get behind. Most people (myself included) found him quite bland through his first couple appearances in the MCU. They finally allowed Chris Hemsworth to show off his comedic chops.

      Looking forward to Black Panther in February!

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