REVIEW: Marvel's Thor: Ragnarok

Ragnarok marks the best Thor movie yet, and a great addition to the MCU.

Check out my thoughts below, and note that it may be full of SPOILERS!

Thor: Ragnarok played like three films put together into one grand masterpiece. We begin by picking up where Thor is and leads us straight into the second story, where we briefly meet Kate Blanchett’s character who drops Thor into Story 2 with Jeff Goldblum, who is perfection. His role was not only tailored to him, but tailored to the story. This middle arc is fun and high energy, leading leads us, with fireworks, into Part 3 against Blanchett’s villain who finally feels like a real threat to Thor.

Aside from the greatly written and performed humor of this film, there are plenty of wonderful appearances in this movie:

A few fan favorite characters (Fandral, Hogun and Volstagg) appear in a way that feels almost like an obligation rather than as useful teammates. That said, we replace them with a whole bunch of new, different (ie Alien), and lovable characters that I can’t wait to (hopefully) see again.

As a film with an incredible number of straight white cis men, it cannot be overlooked that not only is one of the strongest and most beloved new characters Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie, but she’s also Marvel’s first bisexual character in the MCU. Thompson even confirmed on Twitter, “YES! Val is Bi in the comics & I was faithful to that in her depiction. But her sexuality isn’t explicitly addressed in Thor: Ragnarok.”

My biggest complaint (after Thor puts his top on), is that the trailer ruin the moments leading up to the Hulk’s reveal. The scene was no longer suspenseful or enticing, we knew it was coming.

Lastly, the usual Stan Lee appearance was quite an interesting take this time around as he wasn’t just a guy witnessing an event. He actually did something that meant something in the movie. This might seem insignificant – and in the big picture is – I appreciate the use of his obligatory cameo in a new way.

Catch Thor: Ragnarok when it hits theaters this Friday, November 3rd 2017.

— Yael Tygiel

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