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Thor: Ragnarok

Shayal Devi
Sunday, November 05, 2017

FROM having a massive ego and exhibiting signs of pigheadedness, a certain blonde Asgardian God has had quite an impressive character development throughout his appearances in Marvel's Cinematic Universe (MCU).

Thor, played by Chris Hemsworth, is one of the biggest characters in the comic universe so it is no surprise the God of Thunder reigns supreme on the silver screen too.

With the first two movies Thor (2011) and Thor: The Dark World (2013) gaining positive reactions, it made sense for Marvel to give their hero a third instalment.

Thor: Ragnarok focuses, as the title suggests, on the destruction of Asgard. Kiwi director Taika Waititi was quickly roped in to direct the movie and as early teasers of the movie was released, fans knew they were in for a treat.

The opening sequence, which begins with a comical "how I got here" monologue by the hero, is gripping as we quickly see Thor challenging his nemesis before summoning Mjolnir and eliminating the bad guys, doing so to the sounds of Led Zeppelin's Immigrant Song (amazing, in my opinion).

A new character Skurge (Karl Urban) is revealed, who has replaced Heimdall (Idris Elba) as the guard of the Bifrost Bridge.

Meanwhile, Thor's adopted brother and the God of Mischief Loki (Tom Hiddleston) continues his impersonation of their father Odin (Anthony Hopkins) after leaving the senior on Midgard (Earth).

An appearance by Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) is short-lived yet hilarious before the villainess is unveiled.

Hela (Cate Blanchett) is the first-born daughter of Odin and the Goddess of Death, who was imprisoned by her father and only his death can set her free from imprisonment, which she does after Odin passes away.

And as you would have seen in the trailer, Hela then proceeds to destroy Mjolnir, defeat both Thor and Loki and leaving them stranded on a foreign planet, reach Asgard and wreak havoc.

The planet of Sakaar is where Thor meets the Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum), Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), Korg (Taika Waititi) and is reunited with fellow Avenger Hulk (Mark Ruffalo).

It is from here the storyline proceeds.

The beauty about Thor: Ragnarok is how Thor has changed. Physically, he remains the same (except his golden locks aren't locks anymore). Mentally, however, we begin to see glimpses of the man whose people rely on him to get through hard times.

The Asgardian's reliance on their prince isn't something that is majorly highlighted in the previous movies. Rather than Thor just focusing on proving himself or rescuing his lady love and the galaxy from a terrible fate, he embraces his role as King for the sake of his people.

The performances by each of the characters are stellar on their own. Thor, who has in previous movies adopted a more serious stance, is given the chance to be a lighter, funnier and more human version of himself and Hemsworth absolutely kills it.

Despite the main battle between Thor and Hulk being overused during the teasers, the scene still maintains its humour and grit.

Visually, Thor: Ragnarok is stunning. Waititi's use of CGI is not as overwhelming and a slow motion scene of the Valkyrie riding the Pegasus into battle against Hela is, simply put, amazing.

Overall, this third instalment has given Thor a chance to get more comfortable in his own skin. When compared with the rest of the Avengers, to say Thor is different would be a massive understatement.

Often times, his intellect is the butt of many jokes, especially when it comes to technology and pop culture references. Too often, he is seen as the brawny Neanderthal-esque God who is all about the looks and is ready to start fighting at the drop of a hat.

This conception changes in the movie. While we are on the topic on characters, can I just say that female villainess' in the MCU are spectacular and Hela holds her own against even the strongest male.

The breakout character for me is Valkyrie and I hope as the franchise continues, her role becomes more significant.

Witty lines and dirty humour (which for obvious reasons, I cannot mention here), this movie has it all.

A must watch.

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