4YE Reviews: Thor Takes On The Goddess Of Death In Thor: Ragnarok

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It’s been two years since the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron when we meet Thor, God of Thunder (Chris Hemsworth) again. Though, he’s in a bit of an unusual situation: He’s sitting in a cage, chains wrapped around his entire body while he’s talking to a skeleton. He’s imprisoned by Surkur (voiced by Clancy Brown), whom he thought he had defeated many years ago. Surkur points out to him that he clearly didn’t and that his power is coming from his crown. Surkur also lets Thor know that he won’t be able to stop Ragnarok – the destruction of Asgardian civilization – as it has already begun. Once freed, it doesn’t take Thor long to defeat Surkur for real this time and return to his home planet Asgard. Upon revealing that Odin (Anthony Hopkins) wasn’t the one on the throne but that it was, in fact, Loki (Tom Hiddleston), the two brothers return to earth to find their father.

Their paths cross with Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), who isn’t happy about the fact that Loki is back on earth. Nevertheless, he helps them to find their father and even gets them to Norway in his own strange way.

When the duo finds Odin, he seems different and after assuring Thor that it is not Loki’s doing, it becomes clear that Odin is about to leave the earth for good. However, he doesn’t do so until warning the two brothers of his first-born and their sister Hela (Cate Blanchett), Goddess of Death, whom he had locked up when he noticed how powerful and mad she was. Due to him being gone from Asgard, he predicts that she will be back to claim her position as rightful heir to the throne.

While Loki and Thor are still in Norway, they get confronted by Hela. After she destroys Thor’s hammer, the two brothers realize how strong their sister actually is. As they try to flee the scene, Hela manages to keep them from it and instead of returning home, Thor lands on the planet Sakaar, where he’s captured by Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), who hands him over to the Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum).

In order to be freed and return to Asgard and save his home planet, he has to fight and win against the Grandmaster’s champion: The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo). Even though they are technically friends, the Hulk doesn’t seem to care at all and it doesn’t seem to be easy for Thor to go back home as he initially thought.

Thor: Ragnarok is my new favorite of the three Thor movies so far. It was funny and action-packed at the same time and the actors were great. Sometimes there were moments where I thought that the humor was a bit unnecessary, but it never really took away from the story in its total but added to it. I think it was one of the reasons why the movie didn’t feel too long, compared to other movies that are about the same length but feel like they are forever long.

Director Taika Waititi said in a previous interview that he wanted Chris Hemsworth to show his more comedic side in the movie and that was something he definitely did! I think they did this, particularly because fans loved the humor in both Guardians of the Galaxy movies and I am sure they will love it in Thor as well. Plus, Waititi was in the movie as well and portrayed the new character Korg and he was one of the best parts of the movie humor-wise.

I also have to admit that I am usually not a Cate Blanchett fan, but she was great in the movie! The look actually suited her quite a bit and I’m sure that it helped to get into the role properly. Though, I thought it was a bit predictable that she is somehow related to Thor and Loki, given her look. She basically looked like the female version of Loki after all.

The interaction between the two brothers was also something I liked, as they didn’t fight against one another but helped each other win the fight. Though it was kinda obvious that Loki would do something to betray Thor, after all, he is the God of Mischief.

Of course, I cannot forget to mention how great Cumberbatch was once more as Doctor Strange and it really is just his role. He was only briefly in the movie, but nevertheless, he showed that he truly is Dr. Stephen Strange and I can’t wait to see more of him in Avengers: Infinity War. 

Overall, Thor: Ragnarok was a great movie, I can only recommend Marvel fans go and watch once it’s out. It was a fantastic mix of humor and action, plus, the storyline was amazing too and fit in well with every other MCU movie.

Thor: Ragnarok will hit theaters in the UK on October 24 and on November 3 in the US.

Anna Hattingen