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Thor: Ragnarok – Worth Your Time?

Damian Morris, Staff Reporter

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“Thor: Ragnarok” adds a very whimsical edition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). This movie is a colorful and fun-packed adventure following the God of Thunder, Thor. This movie takes off right from the beginning with witty commentary provided, as to be expected, by Chris Hemsworth as Thor. This Fantasy/Science Fiction film is better classified as a comedy.

The movie follows Thor through his effort to swiftly make his way back to save his homeworld, Asgard, which is being exposed to a new threat; one more powerful than he has ever encountered.And without his mighty hammer, Mjölnir, that he has been so accustomed to having. Having always felt that he could never be stopped, he now feels more vulnerable than ever and not really sure how to handle this sense of weakness. Before he can even think about getting home, he will have to first survive a not so friendly reunion with an old ally, now pinned on opposite sides of a gladiator match.

With some familiar actors such as Mark Ruffalo as the Bruce Banner/Hulk and Tom Hiddleston as Thor’s brother and commonly recognized as the mischievous anti-hero, Loki, returning fans have a lot to look forward to. These actors, reclaiming their roles they have been playing for so long still have yet to disappoint. We also have have some new faces making their way into the MCU such as Tessa Thompson playing the fierce warrior, Valkyrie, and Cate Blanchett as the heartless goddess of death, Hela. These new characters add something fresh to the franchise.

The movie has its excellent mesh of comedy and adventure, still leaving room for future exploration and character development. They make the wise choice of keeping the movie light-hearted and fun having characters that fit the mold very well.

There was never a moment that took me out of the movie or failed to retain my focus. The plot was kept simple and pretty straightforward, which would usually be seen as a negative, but really did work for the tone they were striving for. It was their understanding of the type of movie they wanted their audience to see that allowed for such an excellent solidity in sticking to the cherry tone of the movie.

With the light-heartedness however, does come an occasional sacrifice in areas of the plot that could have been made more fulfilling with a would-be dramatic moment interrupted by an unnecessary joke. They do a good job with this for the most part, but there were still moments where, although funny, I had to question whether it was really worth giving up for a short crack of humor. This is something the franchise should start to consider a bit more when making future movies for their universe.

“Thor: Ragnarok” is an excellent movie if your looking for an unforgettable comedy that will largely keep you invested. As there was a few few minor flaws here and there, the good far outweighs the bad. I would strongly recommend going to see this movie whether you just want to go and have a good time and especially to the fans who have enjoyed the past movies in the MCU. The movie is worth watching again and again, leaving you waiting for the next installment.

       Stars: 4 and a half

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