Let me preface this by saying that I am not the MCU’s biggest fan. While I liked some of their movies, primarily Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy because they were so different than anything that the MCU had done before, I often find the MCU movies very dull and too bland for my taste. And so I entered Thor with expectations of seeing something very similar to what every Marvel movies had given me before. But boy was I wrong.
From the very beginning, Thor: Ragnarok installs itself as something so different. Its opening scene is very reminiscent of the opening scene of the fantastic opening scene that made Guardians something that everyone remembers. It is clear from the movie that for the first time, Marvel knows how to use Thor in a way that it had never been before. It isn’t a love story like it had been in the first and second movie, no it’s a full-on action movie that works brilliantly.
Taika Waititi created something fascinating when it comes to this movie. As a fan of his previous work, I was interested to see how he was going to bring his humor to this movie. And he did not disappoint. The pairing of Thor and Hulk were terrific and to see Mark Ruffalo and Chris Hemsworth go at it together was great considering that we have never really seen Hulk and Thor interact in both of the Avengers movies. Chris Hemsworth is at his best in this film, and as someone who never really cared about Thor, he made me love this character in a way I never really did before.
But while Hemsworth is in a fantastic form, the women really own the movie. The addition of the first female villain in the MCU with the great Cate Blanchett playing Hela makes this movie stand out. While I won’t spoil her backstory, her plan to rule Asgard is somewhat very basic but unlike most villains in the MCU she does have a menacing presence, and her power can be felt whenever she is in a battle. It is clear by watching the movie that Blanchett is having fun with this role and that she loves that silliness that comes with the movie that Waititi is creating.
But the best addition to this movie is Valkyrie. Played by Tessa Thompson (Creed, Dear White People), she is one of the best addition to not only the Thor Universe but to the whole MCU. She is also part of the best sequence in the movie where her backstory is revealed and where not one word is spoken, but with only her eyes Thompson is capable of making me feel everything. It has been widely reported that Thompson fought to have a scene where the bisexuality of her character confirmed just like in the comics while ultimately the scene was cut, it was nice for once to have such a strong female warrior in a Thor movie where she wasn’t his love interest or pinning over him. While I love Jane Foster and Lady Sif, Valkyrie was precisely what I wished the other Thor movie would have had.
The supporting cast of this movie is fantastic. Mark Ruffalo as Hulk was a blast and finally seeing Hulk speak was a nice addition and possible since he had been in Hulk form for so long. Tom Hiddleston always shines as Loki, and while I feel like we have explored his character more than enough and would have loved to have seen 13 years old Loki at the end just like in the comics, I can understand why Marvel didn’t want to lose Hiddleston. Idris Elba finally got his time to shine, and he did plenty with it. And let’s finish with the great Jeff Goldblum who, just like Blanchett, had a blast playing The GrandMaster and here’s to hoping we will get to see him and his brother counterpart, The Collector played by Benicio Del Toro in the future.
Thor: Ragnarok might not be a perfect movie, it has is flawed mostly when it diverts away from the Hulk/Thor storyline but it is the most entertaining Thor movie yet and one of the most entertaining movies in the MCU too.