“Hulk like raging fire, Thor like smouldering fire.” ★★★★★
The latest instalment in Marvel’s franchise, Thor: Ragnarok is certainly a raging fire in terms of a filming masterclass. This release is everything that Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol.2 tried but failed to be. Classic one liners, a great story, and a team of characters who the audience can invest in really made for a strong end to the Thor trilogy.
With Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddlestone reprising their roles as Thor and Loki respectively, as well as Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk, the story revolves around the trio getting back to Asgard after being trapped on Sakaar by the movies villain, Hela (Cate Blanchett). Sakaar acts as a call to the Planet Hulk comic from 2006, where aspects of the print are incorporated into the film.
Ragnarok also brings a sense of emotion into the fold with some moving scenes involving Thor, Loki and their father, Odin (Anthony Hopkins). As the viewer, it feels like you are with Thor on his journey through space and can connect with moments in the film. There are also various throwbacks and similarities between Ragnarok and Avengers Assemble.
Jeff Goldblum makes his Marvel feature debut after having a small cameo in the end credit scene of Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2, and he does not disappoint as the Grandmaster with some wonderfully blunt lines. Stan Lee makes his traditional cameo but although on screen for around 10 seconds, he plays a big role in the context of certain character appearances.
The film does well to differentiate between the seriousness of the war being played out in the background of the film, and the colourful, comedic value that is so welcome in Thor’s latest outing.
His journey leaves the audience pondering, ‘what’s next?’, but then comes the famous line that feature at the end of all Marvel films: “Thor will return in Avengers: Infinity War.”
With Thor’s story seemingly almost tied up, Infinity War is the most anticipated film yet, which is where you’ll be able to see the King of Asgard again.
Check out the trailer for Thor: Ragnarok here: