Thor: Ragnarok is an American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Thor and is a sequel to 2011’s Thor and 2013’s Thor: The Dark World. The film is directed by Taika Waititi and stars Chris Hemsworth as Thor alongside Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldburn, Mark Ruffalo, Tessa Thompson and Anthony Hopkins.
Thor has been away from Asgard for a long time searching unsuccessfully for the Infinity Stones and begins to dream of the destruction of Asgard at the hands of Surtur in the event known as Ragnarok. Returning home he finds Loki (Tom Hiddleston) ruling over Asgard disguised as Odin (Anthony Hopkins).
Loki travels with Thor to locate Odin where they discover that Thor’s dreams are prophesied to come true. Odin reveals he is dying which will allow his firstborn child, Hela, the Goddess of Death, (Cate Blanchett) to escape from prison where she was sealed long ago as he had feared that she was becoming too ambitious.
Hela soon claims the throne of Asgard for herself and the brothers end up banished to the planet Sakaar. Loki manages to win the favour of the ruler, The Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum) but Thor finds himself brought by Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) to fight in the planet’s Contest of Champions. Thor is relieved when he discovers that he is set to battle his old friend the Hulk, the alter-ego of fellow member of The Avengers, Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo).
Along with Loki, Valkyrie and the Hulk, Thor escapes Sakaar and returns to Asgard in order to save it from the Goddess of Death and the prophesied Ragnarok.
Director Waititi’s comedic background can be felt throughout the film as he balances more dramatic and heroic moments with comedy to deliver a more light-hearted movie than the previous two films.
Visually Thor: Raganok has a different feel to Thor and The Dark World thanks to the colourful set design of Sakaar, with its landscapes and costumes and the brilliant Goldblum as the entertaining Grandmaster which all help to bring the planet to life.
Chris Hemsworth really shines as Thor this time round as he is given alot more humour to work with and Hiddleston easily falls back into his role as Loki. The Hulk is a great addition to the cast and his character works really well with Valkyrie. There are also brief but memorable turns from Hopkins as Odin and Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange.
Having an actress of Cate Blanchett’s calibre playing the villain is a wasted opportunity as with all Marvel films the antagonist is underdeveloped and Hela’s motivation for revenge and power is rather weak.
One of the funniest characters in the film is Korg, a gladiator made of rocks who befriends Thor. Director Waititi provided the motion-capture performance and made the decision to have the character softly spoken which works brilliantly.
Despite the change in style and tone from Thor and Thor: The Dark World, Ragnarok still fits well into the Marvel Cinematic Universe and is a fun and entertaining adventure which will please both fans and casual moviegoers.