Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

Run Time: 2 hr 10 min
Rating: PG-13
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 92%/87%

I was not going to write a review for this film at all but after watching it and knowing the high praise this movie received, I had to give my opinion. Thor: Ragnarok is the third installment in the Marvel Thor series and the movie opens with Thor being trapped in the lair of Surtur, a demon convinced that he is destined to destroy Asgard. After escaping the lair of Surtur, a series of events unravel that land Thor on the whimsical planet of Sakaar away from Asgard which is under the rule of a new evil Queen, Hela. Within this opening scene we are hit with a series of slapstick jokes and situations, and the audience can tell immediately that this final Thor installment will not be like the other two. But was this reboot really needed or was the Thor universe fine just the way it was?

The Good:

Thor:Ragnarok was a very fun movie to watch. The comedic aspect that was added this time around actually worked very well in some moments. The action scenes were filmed very well and there was not a moment where I lost interest in what was going on. There is an epic fight scene in the movie involving Thor and Hulk that fans absolutely loved and answered the question of “who would win in a fight? Thor or Hulk?”. Just the overall tone of the film was fun, action-packed, good time.

Jeff Goldblum (Grandmaster) and Tessa Thompson (Valkyrie) were just great! Whenever either of these characters were on screen, I was way more invested in what was happening with the plot. The fact that Valkyrie was a sista in this film was not missed on me! I am always here for a bad ass woman of color on the big screen and the chemistry between her and Thor was worthy of its own movie. I know that this will probably be the last time we will see Valkyrie on the big screen (her story in the comic books is not very compelling) which is unfortunate because Tessa Thompson did a great job! Jeff Goldbum as Grandmaster was genius! Every line that he gave was hilarious to me. His character was whimsical and frightening all at the same time, which is not an easy thing to pull off. I could be completely biased here since I am a fangirl for Jeff Goldblum…just keeping it real. Cate Blanchett as Hela was also magnificent. I adore a female villain and this woman was kicking ass and taking names throughout this film. Hela has solidified herself as my favorite villain from every Marvel film (including Black Panther…yep I said it!).

The Bad:

I have heard so many people rave about how great this movie is and how it is easily one of the top 5 marvel movies yet…I disagree. As a stand alone, yes this movie is great but when you look at it in relation to the previous two Thor films, it just does not fit. I am all for an overhaul happening with a struggling film trilogy but when that overhaul happens with the last and final film, it seems pointless. This did not feel like a Thor movie at all and for some that may have been a good thing. For me, however, I felt like if I wanted to watch Guardians of the Galaxy I would have. Yes, Thor: Ragnarok was identical to Guardians (in my opinion) but with Thor as the lead. The parallels between the characters in the two films was just ridiculous. Thor/Peter Quill, Valkyrie/Gamora, Hulk/Drax, Korg/Groot…. EVEN THE SCORE HAD A GUARDIANS VIBE TO IT…after a while the similarities just bothered the hell out of me. I understand the comedic action superhero film thing has worked with Guardians, Deadpool, Antman, and Spiderman but if that’s not where Thor started then why end it there? I was so put off by this fumbling bumbling Thor that seemed more like an awkward teen at times versus the confident God of Thunder. I understand that this shift had a lot to do what something that happens with his hammer but it was a complete 180 from the Thor we have seen thus far. I just was not feeling it! This film was so far from the other two, that main characters from the previous two films were either gone by the end of the first act, or were conveniently elsewhere dealing with subplots. Quite frankly they did not fit in this new film and I appreciated the writers decision to just make them less important secondary characters.

Overall Rating:

Thor: Ragnarok was a fun movie to watch and I would definitely watch it again. But I was not feeling the change in tone that this movie gave. So this Sista Gurl recommends you forget everything you watched in the previous films but half that shit is irrelevant and watch this movie as if it is a stand alone film!


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