Thor: Ragnarok

Starring Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett and many more, Thor: Ragnarok arrived in theaters today.  In this installment, Thor battles for his life and races against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela from destroying his home civilization (Asgard).

I have never seen a Thor movie before. I didn’t have a blog when the two previous movies were released and I honestly had zero interest in seeing them otherwise. I only saw this one to review it, and I’m glad I did. I didn’t check the time the entire 2 hours and 10 minutes the movie played and I only shifted in my seat to let people out and back into the row. (For the love of Pete, please stop by the restroom before any movie so you don’t have to disrupt the viewing enjoyment of others; especially when a movie is 2 hours and 10 minutes long and sold out to a packed house.  Thank you.) It’s a movie that stands on its own. There are many references to other Avengers movies that are easy to pick up on (at least they were easy for me to pick up on), if you’ve seen enough of them. If you’ve seen none of the Marvel movies, you’ll be just fine. This is the one to see. I would imagine that anyone who has seen every one of these movies would enjoy Thor: Ragnarok even more.

Visually and technically, this movie is beautiful. It looks rich, in line with its $180 million budget. The set design, makeup, costumes, props, camerawork, cinematography and everything about the technical aspects of this movie pull you into the story and whatever world or universe the characters are in.  The technical beauty reminded me of watching Saturday morning cartoons or reading my older brothers’ comic books when I was a kid, at times.  Not all the time, but the realistic look of live action animation was captured enough of the time to make it worth while.  Thor: Ragnarok is also humorous. I laughed along with the rest of the audience (except for one guy sitting next to me who laughed at very little – I think he was busy studying the movie, rather than just enjoying it) from start to finish. It’s more a parody of a superhero movie than a superhero movie, and I didn’t mind; up to a point. After a long time, the kitsch of it all got a bit old. If you loved the Guardians of the Galaxy movies, I believe Thor: Ragnarok will be right up your alley.

This movie is full of stars, so the acting is strong, with the exception of a couple of weak links who aren’t worth calling out because the rest of the cast was so stellar. The writing for each character is very deliberate. There is great comedic timing, some hilarious dialogue, and a few speeches which help to move the story along while explain what is going on in the present and what happened in the past. The action is entertaining and the fight scenes are well choreographed and well executed. Chris Hemsworth appears to be having the time of his life in this movie playing the hero, the joker and the joke; which only adds to the fun of it all.

Thor: Ragnarok earned 8 out of 10 bloops.  It’s a great movie worth seeing on the big screen.  If you can afford to, you can take the entire family to see it and they all should really enjoy it. I saw it in the regular format (no more 3D and 4XD for this girl for a while) and it was fine. Just remember, it is rated PG-13 instead of PG due to a couple of bad words; but it’s all said and fun and there is nothing too, too terrible. The bigger problem for smaller children is the length of the movie, so be mindful of how long your little one can sit still and be attentive. Lastly, I have to give a great deal of thanks to the days-old infant some lovely couple showed up with who didn’t make one sound during the entire film, God bless her little heart.

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 Bloops:

1   =   worst ever, avoid at all cost
2   =   very bad, forget about it!
3   =   poor movie, not recommended
4   =   not good, even for free – NO!
5   =   so-so, worth it if you don’t have to pay
6   =   not bad, could have been better
7   =   good movie, worth seeing
8   =   great movie, don’t miss it!
9   =   excellent movie, a must see!
10 =   a masterpiece, go see it now!

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