Monday, March 5, 2018

Home Entertainment Review: Thor: Ragnarok

Disney and Marvel Entertainment bring Thor: Ragnarok home for fans to enjoy time and time again. I've seen the movie three times now and I can say that it gets better every time. As is usual with all new home releases, there are several ways to pick it up.

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. It's a bit too much when it involves Thor at times. He's supposed to be the God of Thunder, not the God of Pratfalls and Slapstick. One or two comedic situations really seem out of character for the powerful and fearless Thor.

The CGI for Thor: Ragnarok is top-notch and helps 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.

The blu-ray version of Thor: Ragnarok contains some great bonus features including deleted scenes and hilarious outtakes. Part three of the mockumentary "Team Thor," retitled "Team Darryl," features an eccentric new roommate. We also get making-of featurettes which explore the unique vision of director Taika Waititi; the story's unstoppable women; the effortlessly charismatic Korg; the tyrannical leader of Sakaar, the Grandmaster; and the film's comic-book origins. Audio commentary is provided by Director Waititi and more.

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: 8 / 10 stars.

Thor: Ragnarok is available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD.

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