“Thor: Ragnarok” is the third film in the Thor franchise and also the 17th film in the larger franchise that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a franchise that is close to being 10 years old.
While the Thor films have been the some of the weaker films in the MCU, “Thor: Ragnarok” manages to stand out amongst the Thor films and the MCU as a well-executed comedy. But there are times where the film’s more dramatic moments lose their momentum due to the film’s comedy.
Like most of the films in the MCU, “Thor: Ragnarok” is a hilarious movie. It is easily the funniest film of them all. The film is filled with comedic moments and jokes that will leave viewers laughing throughout the film that keeps a consistent light-hearted tone. The performances are also fantastic. Chris Hemsworth has become the embodiment of Thor. Cate Blanchett gives another stellar performance that makes her character Hela one of the more superior villains of the MCU, as she brings a presence that shows that she is a much stronger character than Thor. Tom Hiddleston continues to impress as Loki, while Mark Ruffalo continues to be the best incarnation of the Hulk.
But the standout character is the character of Valkyrie played by Tessa Thompson, who brings a fresh and complex characterization to the film. The directing of “Thor: Ragnarok” is some of the best within the MCU. Director Taika Waititi brings a special tone, look, humor and set pieces that make Thor a fresh character. He shows just how bizarre and wonderful it can be to be a Norse god with a great power within.
While the comedy is what makes “Thor: Ragnarok” a standout film, it also takes away from the dramatic moments. Characters, places and elements that were once key to the Thor films, are just thrown away followed by funny jokes that do not need to be there, all without any thought or consequence, thus taking away from one of the film’s key themes, which is loss. Overall, “Thor: Ragnarok” is an extremely entertaining popcorn flick that has elevated the MCU to new heights. It is a must see for comic book fans and is a fun time at the theater.