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‘Thor: Ragnarok’ is top tier Marvel entertainment

‘Thor: Ragnarok’ is top tier Marvel entertainment

‘Thor: Ragnarok’ is top tier Marvel entertainment
November 07
14:12 2017

“We know each other! We’re friends from work!”

Marvel continues their incredible winning streak with “Thor: Ragnarok,” the 17th feature film installment in the ever-expanding (and ever-ambitious) Marvel Cinematic Universe.

“Thor: Ragnarok” has already cemented itself as not only the best solo outing for Thor but also as one of the best Marvel Cinematic Universe films we have gotten to date — period.

While other Marvel films, with the exception of maybe the “Guardians of the Galaxy” films, all rely on a conglomeration of different genres, “Thor: Ragnarok” is the first Marvel film to rely the heaviest on the comedy aspects alone that are consistently present in all Marvel films. Thankfully it works out for the best because it is easily the funniest Marvel film to date. The script is quick and witty and the jokes are consistent throughout but never overdone.

“Thor: Ragnarok” is a perfect example of a director who not only knows the source material but fully embraces it. The world of Thor is a bizarre one, but with an equally bizarre director like Taika Waititi, the world of Thor and its characters are in more than capable hands. From his stellar world building and his well crafted and exciting action sequences, Waititi delivers on every front expected.

Along with the stellar directing, I must address the stunning, artistic cinematography contained within this film. The cinematography in the film is truly something to behold. Almost every shot in the film looks like a beautiful painting crafted by the most articulate, careful hands.

But, where “Ragnarok” really shines is in its full-bodied characters that populate the screen. I always struggled to connect with Chris Hemsworth’s portrayal of Thor in his previous solo outings and in the Avengers’ films that followed. But here, Hemsworth seems more relaxed and fluid in his role — he completely owns it.

He has always looked like the character, but now, I can gladly say that he finally is the character.

Tom Hiddleston is as good as ever as the fan favorite Loki, and Mark Ruffalo is the best portrayal of the Hulk that we have ever had. All returning characters are as good as you knew they would be, thankfully.

The new characters in the film are where “Ragnarok” steps its game up. Tessa Thompson’s portrayal of the warrior Valkyrie is a scene-stealing force to be reckoned with. She is an absolute badass, and I hope and pray that she will be in future installments because if anyone needs more time to show off, it is her.

Also, not only did Waititi direct this movie, but he also portrayed the loveable rock monster Korg. As if Valkyrie didn’t steal all the scenes she was in, Korg does the absolute same with all of his scenes. Waititi is an immense talent and we must support him in everything. As for Jeff Goldblum as The Grandmaster, he is exactly what you wanted and hoped to see when Jeff Goldblum joined a Marvel movie.

Cate Blanchett’s portrayal of Hela, The Goddess of Death, will go down as one of the best and most iconic villains Marvel has presented us with. After a string of very disappointing villains in earlier films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Blanchett’s Hela has established herself as one of the standout villains in this whole Universe. She was a menacing force — and to avoid spoilers I won’t get too much into her — but her impact will be felt throughout future installments in the MCU.

“Thor: Ragnarok” is truly a marvel of a film (and I am not even sorry for that pun.) It is the most fun that I have had sitting in a movie theater all year so far, and I do not really see any other film topping that achievement. To its excellent directing, fantastic characters and its self-aware comedic tone, “Thor: Ragnarok” is the first can’t-miss cinematic experience of the fall season.

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