THOR: RAGNAROK – THE FUNNIEST MARVEL FLICK EVER!

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The God of Thunder is back and this time, his biggest enemy is from his own family and it’s not Loki! Thor: Ragnarok features a brand new villain – Thor’s very own (estranged and encaged) sister Hela, the Goddess of Death who wants to reclaim her position in the hierarchy. The film is a mixture of well-choreographed action, thought-out plotline and witty one-liners that will stay with you after the screening. It also reunites two of the strongest heroes from the Marvel Universe, making it double the fun!

 

Synopsis

On his return to Asgard, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) finds out that his father Odin (Anthony Hopkins) is missing and his brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) has taken over the throne, disguised as Odin. When they do find out their father, they realize that he is dying and his death will mark the return of his first-born Hela (Cate Blanchett) who just wants to rule Asgard – with or without its inhabitants. The problem occurs when Thor and Loki are banished to planetary dump Sakaar where they join hands with Hulk and must devise a plan to reach Asgard in time to save them from the wrath of their new ruler. Will the heroes be able to escape from the clutches of the Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum) or will they fight with the ‘Champion’ to prove their worth, watch the film to know more.

 

Analysis

Ever since the X Men made its debut in the late 90s, Marvel Comics have been delivering hits with an occasional flop. They have not only revived the superhero genre but also edged DC out, which is a huge achievement considering DC had the edge of going first in film. With Thor: Ragnarok, they have smashed the ball out of the park, something that will be hard to match especially by DC standards. The script is easily the funniest ever from Marvel as the one-liners are as good as punches, kicks and/or both. Be it the scene where he tries to impress Valkyrie by throwing the ball out of the window or where he threatens Loki disguised as Odin, every time Chris Hemsworth is in a situation, the outcome is hilarious but effective. Even Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner and Hulk and Tom Hiddleston’s Loki appear in sequences that would be loved by Marvel fans, especially those who know how their last meeting ended up.

 

Verdict ****

Thor: Ragnarok is not the third installment in the series – in fact, it can be termed as a ‘reboot of sorts’ since it takes the franchise into a new direction. Here, Loki joins hands with his brother to defeat their sister; where there is no love interest for the God of Thunder; where there are no parents to guide them and where famous actors make cameo appearances in a hilarious way. The film is likely to shatter box office records, as there is no other film in sight until Justice League at the end of the month. Thor’s success would make things difficult for DC since now they will have to do even better – and that seems highly unlikely considering Thor: Ragnarok is easily the funniest action flick from the house of Marvel and DC doesn’t do comedy.