"Thor: Ragnarok" Pleases with Hearty Blend of Comedy and Action [Movie Review]


"Thor: Ragnarok" is everything a comic book movie should be. It's colorful. It's loud. It's rambunctious. It's humorous. It's action-packed and full of excitement. Aside from a helping of romance, the film really has everything a superhero or action movie junkie craves.


Imprisoned on the other side of the universe, the mighty Thor finds himself in a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against the Hulk, his former ally and fellow Avenger. Thor's quest for survival leads him in a race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela from destroying his home world and the Asgardian civilization in "Thor: Ragnarok."


I consider "Thor: Ragnarok" to have way more comedy injected into it than either one of the "Guardians of the Galaxy" movie. Even if you disagree on the level of humor, it's very evident that filmmakers were aiming for that particular atmosphere. For the most part, I'd say that it works. Sometimes the comedy uses profanity or adult humor as a tool, which really is unnecessary for a movie they know kiddos will be going to.


The CGI for "Thor: Ragnarok" is top-notch and help to immerse you into the world Director Taika Waititi has put together for viewers. I honestly can't think of one moment where I was pulled out of the movie by any little bit of shoddy digital workmanship. That's nothing to shrug off when you think about how many characters and environments in the film are created via computer animation.


One aspect of "Thor: Ragnarok" that stood out to me was its soundtrack. Aside from a couple of action sequences accented by Led Zeppelin, a majority of the musical score is electronic. I found it very reminiscent to what Daft Punk did with "TRON Legacy." It wasn't as complex as what we got with that movie, but definitely similar.


"Thor: Ragnarok" is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and brief suggestive material. There's quite a bit of profanity, too. Thor utters a curse word within the first five or ten minutes of the film. Whatever happened to the old rule that superheroes don't swear? Not in Disney's Marvel Cinematic Universe.


Taika Waititi ("What We Do in the Shadows") directed "Thor: Ragnarok" from a script by Eric Pearson ("Agent Carter), Craig Kyle ("Hulk VS.," and Christopher Yost ("Star Wars Rebels").The movie stars Chris Hemsworth ("Rush"), Tom Hiddleston ("The Night Manager"), Cate Blanchett ("The Lord of the Rings" Series), Karl Urban ("Star Trek"), Jeff Goldblum ("Jurassic Park"), and Tessa Thompson ("Creed"). The running time is 140 minutes.

Rating: ✮✮✮ and a half.


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