I thought the first movie was good and gave it a 7, the second one was okay as well a 7. This one is a 10. Jeff Goldblum was a great addition. Good balance and pace, amazing how they can still make a PG-13 movie great.
Directed by Taika Waititi it takes place a few years after Avengers Age of Ultron. After a long hiatus away Thor returns back to Asgard only to find out step brother Loki staged his own death to rule Asgard in the form of his father Odin. Meanwhile Odin has been living his last days on Earth as a recluse. From the help of Doctor Strange Thor eventually finds him to discover he has an evil sister more powerful than himself. Naturally she wants to rule Asgard and beats Thor and Loki by casting them out to a waste planet and then singlehandedly takes out an army. It's reminiscent of films like The Running Man and Flash Gordon. The cinematography by Javier Agurresarobe looks stunning full of bright colours and textures. It's
filled so many eye popping visuals from the retro 80s look of the waste planet Sakaar down to the exciting crowd pleasing action scenes. The music score by Mark Mothersbaugh also has a cool 80s synth vibe to it and it's one you will probably want to download on iTunes. Chris Hemsworth looks to be having the most fun with the role so does Tom Hiddleston and Mark Ruffalo. None of the actors look bored and it's probably down to director Waititi's wacky energy which also shows on the film. Tessa Thompson plays Valkarie and she is also a great addition to the series complete with an interesting backstory. Writers Eric Pearson and Craig Kyle bring so many fresh ideas to the film - It doesn't just feel like a bland rehash like the last Thor film and it's full of a few surprises along the way. We finally see Thor's true potential showing him to be the most powerful Avenger even without his hammer. There isn't many problems with it really. There are only a few minor complaints. It's very lighthearted considering its serious themes like death, defeat and the apocalypse. There are some hilarious moments throughout but sometimes they feel a little bit overblown as they can often affect the dramatic scenes. Some of the CGI looks cheap and Cate Blanchett as the villain (although great) is a little bit hammy sometimes. Overall though it's a thoroughly enjoyable film that never slows down. There is never a dull moment and the action scenes are so entertaining. The constant gags are not for everyone but they oddly work the majority of the time. And Jeff Goldlum plays the best Jeff Goldlum yet.
Exploding onto the screen in a kaleidoscope of colour and Electro-Pop, synthetic, funk music, Thor: Ragnarok grabs you by the ponytail and takes you on an adventure that'll leave you wanting more and questioning whether you've just watched an outright comedy rather than an action film with funny moments.Director Taika Waititi and writers Eric Pearson, Craig Kyle and Christopher L. Yost make full use of the cast's excellent comedic talents to create the daftest, silliest and darn right funniest of all the Thor films, indeed even of all the Avenger's films.The Goddess of Death, Hela (a spectacularly sultry Cate Blanchett), is coming to claim the throne of Asgard for herself and to initiate Ragnarok, the end of Asgard's civilisation. Thor (the always brilliant Chris Hemsworth) and some of his pals must stop her.Along the way we crash land into the fighting pits of Sakaar, run by The Grand Master (a deliciously eccentric Jeff Goldblum - was he going to be anything else?!), who sets up Gladiatorial fights for his own amusement. Here, Thor bumps into a friend from work, a forgotten Asgardian and the three team up to return to Asgard to try and prevent Ragnarok from happening.Mark Ruffalo's Hulk is an awful lot more eloquent this time around, and his verbal sparring, not to mention physical, with Hemsworth's Thor is a joy to watch. Ruffalo's Bruce Banner is also a highlight as his bumbling, scientist geek persona attempts to come to terms with his predicament and he somehow manages to keep a straight face whilst delivering lines such as, "We're coming up on the Devil's anus!"Chris Hemsworth is proving himself as an incredibly versatile actor. Appearing in some recent comedies, regardless of how bad the films were - Ghostbusters, I'm talking to you - has helped him to hone this area of his repertoire and his turn is effortless and accomplished.Bum gags, inside jokes, A-list cameos by both Marvel characters and Hollywood actors, even a masturbation joke are all, ahem, finished off with style. But the film's highlight is the director himself, Taika Waititi, lending his voice to the CGI character, Korg. A total scene-stealer, Waititi's dry New Zealand delivery is a masterclass in comic timing.If I'm being picky, Cate Blanchett's character, Hela, is a little too petulant. The squabbling between Thor and Hulk or Thor and Loki (Tom Hiddleston) has been earned and established and therefore tolerable and often funny, but Hela arrives like a spoilt child that's been taken home early from a party for throwing a tantrum. Granted, her tantrum involved genocide and slavery as she got carried away with her powers, but let's try to keep this light.There's also the death of a major character in this film. I only say that so I can write the line; By Thor's hammer, by the sons of Odin he shall be avengered. Clever, I know.Thor: Ragnarok is a delightful hoot and a smile all the way through. Thord times a charm.Oh, and stick around for two extra scenes during the end credits.
The main aspect that makes this film so good is the tone - Marvel finally decided to make Thor fun to watch and the comedy, the music, the locations, and the characters are some of the best in the MCU. This is all apparent when the characters are on the vibrant and bursting with energy planet of Saccar. This is truly the highlight of the movie, and what saves it, with Jeff Goldblum giving just...just such a Goldblum performance I miss him every time he's not onscreen.Basically everything that doesn't take place on Saccar is what brings the movie down. The first 20 minutes or so feels disjointed and uninteresting, and anything with the bland and cliché villain on Asgard is so tiresome.As a result this is a very mid-tier Marvel movie, it has very high highs but still falls victim to the forgettability and boringness of the Thor franchise (although this is undoubtedly the best of the three). The comedy is very clearly improvised and 90% of the time it works, but some of it can feel awkward, especially between Hemsworth and Ruffalo (although the Thor/Hulk team up is one of the things that makes this movie.Great comedy, great atmosphere, but weak story. As said before, just a mid-tier marvel movie.