The highly anticipated Marvel Studios feature film, “Thor: Ragnarok,” is all that “Thor” film fans have been waiting for since the time the trailer was released earlier this year (at least for me). November could not get here soon enough, as far as films go, as this one features an Avenger, Thor- the God of Thunder. It fulfills all of my expectations for story, humor, action, camerawork and music. Even for folks who have not viewed the prior films, “Thor” (2011), and the sequel, “Thor: The Dark World” (2013), this third in the series can certainly stand alone and be enjoyable with the humor as written by screenwriters Eric Pearson (wrote four “Marvel One – Shot” video shorts), Craig Kyle (“Thor: Tales of Asgard” (video- screen story) and Christopher L. Yost (“Thor: The Dark World”) and edited by Zene Baker and Joel Negron.
Director Taika Waititi (“Hunt for the Wilderpeople” director/actor) has certainly had success with his indie feature films at Sundance/SXSW and now stepped up to the plate to helm “Thor: Ragnarok” that will be celebrated as a home run by fans who have stood by Marvel’s Avenger that does not bore everyone as some individuals view Thor (Chris Hemsworth, “Rush” and the 2016 “Ghostbusters”). Hemsworth excels in his physical performance, as well as delivering his comedic lines alone or alongside his fellow actors who co-star, including The Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie (also co-starred in “Creed). Director Waititi has a role in the film as Korg, a cool and friendly rock monster who befriends Thor on Sakaar where he and Loki find themselves stranded.
Oscar winner Cate Blanchett stars among this ensemble cast as Hela- the Goddess of Death, Thor’s older sister who isn’t happy and when her antler-spiked headdress appears, most people want to run and hide. Here is where viewers will learn about “Ragnarok.” Blanchett is perfect in this role! Karl Urban takes on the role of Skurge and is a good addition to this ensemble – no spoilers about what he does, but hopefully his character will continue in future films.
Cameraman Javier Aguirresarobe does an excellent job with the scenes of the elaborate gladiator battles, as well as those among the fight to the death battle scenes of destruction. The camera work shows close ups and full body shots of the cast that can certainly leave some fans wanting to travel to those realms, for sure.
I can’t leave out Jeff Goldblum starring as the “Grandmaster” in his emperor – type role that adds plenty of humor – no spoilers here. Idris Elba returns from prior “Thor” films as Heimdall, as well as Anthony Hopkins as Odin, and of course, “Thor” co-creator Stan Lee has a cameo as an uncredited barber.
The music selection for this film is fantastic, thanks to composer and multi-instrumentalist Mark Mothersbaugh (lead singer of the Devo band he co-created in the 70s). Aside from his compositions, a Led Zeppelin song is included in the soundtrack available digitally now. Music fans won’t be disappointed.
I prefer not to elaborate too much on the story; otherwise it will spoil certain enjoyable and comedic scenes not to be missed in this action/adventure, Sci-Fi feature filled with comedy. Read the synopsis if you must, but get ready to go in and enjoy this adventure before the next Avenger’s film.
“Thor: Ragnarok” will be in U. S. theaters November 3rd and is rated PG-13, with a runtime of two hours and ten minutes.
By Liz Lopez
Source: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Marvel Studios