By Andrew Servedio
Thor Ragnarok is an all-around fantastic movie with great action, comedic timing, and superheroes unlike typical comic book heroes. The movie was great from beginning to end. The opening scene was as funny and incredibly put- together.
From cameo appearances of Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and the Incredible Hulk, to new characters such as Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) and Korg (Taika Waititi), there was the perfect amount of surprises in this movie.
Towards the end of the film, Valkyrie makes viewers love her drunken rage and heroic features. Tom Hiddleston makes his return in the Thor franchise as Loki, the trickster god and Thor’s brother. From his laughable courageousness and his self conflict of being in his brother’s shadow, Loki’s character stands out as one of my favorite roles in this movie. Hela (Cate Blanchett) is infused with bitterness and hatred for the kingdom of Asgard has returned to claim her rightful throne as Thor’s eldest sibling. It is up to Thor and what he calls his “Revengers” to put an end to her terror over Asgard and the universe.
Having seen the film twice, all other Marvel movies pale in comparison to this one. Originally, my favorite Marvel movie had been Guardians of the Galaxy but after seeing this, Thor Ragnarok has become my favorite movie in the entire franchise’s history.
It had me at the edge of my seat with laughter and excitement throughout the entire film, both times. I initially expected it to be a more serious movie like “Thor” and “Thor: The Dark World,” but director, Taika Waititi put a nice spin on preconceived expectations of a Thor film and threw viewers for a loop with comedic genius and action galore.
I give this movie 9.5 stars out of 10. I have watched every recent Marvel movie. This one certainly tops the “Marvel cake.” A certain villain has a cameo appearance after the end credits, and this will help advance the story into the next sequel: Avengers Infinity War.