5 out of 5 Stars
PG-13 rating in the US, Run time: 112 minutes
I love a superhero movie yet for some reason I haven’t had the opportunity to see the Thor movies – I have seen him appear in other movies like the “Avengers” but missed the movies that feature him as the central character. “Thor: Ragnarok” was my first venture into this franchise and it was fun! I took my husband with me to see this film. He has seen the other 2 movies and was able to give me a little background and gave me insight to his thoughts being someone familiar with the franchise. You are getting 2 perspectives in one review!
In this 3rd installment, directed by Oscar®-nominated filmmaker Taika Waititi, Thor, played again by Chris Hemsworth, is imprisoned on the other side of the universe by Surtur without his mighty hammer. He knows he needs to get out quickly, because as Surtur tells him Ragnarok is coming. Ragnarok is the prophecy that claims Asgard is going to fall. Thor breaks his bonds, reclaims his hammer and fights his way out defeating Surtur. He gets back to Asgard where he learns Loki has sent their father to Earth and has taken over control of Asgard. They go to find their father in order to restore peace through out the realms and discover the retirement home Loki left Odin in was being demolished. This is where Doctor Strange makes his cameo helping them find their father in Norway.
Sidenote: it was a lot of fun to see Doctor Strange popping into this movie giving us a nice prelude to the next Avenger movie. Besides, who doesn’t love Benedict Cumberbatch?
In Norway Odin tells Thor and Loki that they have a sister called Hela, who was the first born and is the true heir to the throne. As soon as Odin is dead, she will return from her exile and gain more power the longer she is in Asgard. Odin then says his good-byes to Thor and Loki and leaves the world, setting the prophecy into motion. The clouds open up and Hela comes in. She is a powerful threat who is set to oversee her plans of returning Asgard to a ruthless and dominating force – not only in the 9 realms but beyond. While traveling back to Asgard, she ejects Thor and Loki to other parts of the galaxy where they have to survive a lunatic “Grandmaster” played by Jeff Goldblum and where they team up with the Incredible Hulk and Valkyrie, knowing they are working against the clock to save Asgard and the Asgardians.
The film is chock full of adventure, action, plenty of humor and lots of killing (Hela is the Goddess of Death after all). We were a little surprised by the rating after seeing the film. Some of the humor is sexual in nature but I have a feeling most of that will go right over the heads of kids (just a head’s up for parents). For our family, we are going to wait a little bit before our 10-year old son will get to see this one. The sexual references are not the issue, but the violence is more than what my husband remembers from the from the previous movies and we just want to hold off for now.
I felt like the story line was solid and Cate Blanchett was a very wicked villain. She is the first female villain in the Marvel movies and I am not sure there is someone with more love of her job and her power than Hela. Ms. Blanchett plays that perfectly. Her army is every inch of the evil she possesses and the battles are great.
I did not feel like I was missing out on anything at all not having seen the other films and I was able to keep up with the story line. If you haven’t seen the other movies, you will do fine seeing this movie as a stand alone. I enjoyed the action and the humor and the story kept the viewer engaged. It was a really good bit of fun.
We really loved the movie and my husband thinks this is the best Thor movie yet. He says it takes a very different turn from the other movies and it really worked.
Heads up, there is the usual extra scene during the credits and then a secret scene at the very end, which we found hilarious.
I recommend the movie for teens and adults and each family will have to decide if younger viewers are ready for the content.
The movie opens to the general public on Friday, 3 November 2017. Here is the official trailer to get you excited!
Disclosure: I was given free admission to watch this during an advanced screening. I am not required to leave a favorable review and all opinions are my own. All images used with permission. © Marvel Studios. All rights reserved.