Story: The mighty Thor finds himself imprisoned on the other side of the universe, in a race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela from destroying his homeworld of Asgard. His quest for survival leads him into a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against the Hulk.
Review: From the very first look at Marvel’s latest outing, it became apparent that there was something unique about ‘Thor: Ragnarok’. More vibrant than its two prequels, and combined with a quirky sense of humour, it reunites us with two larger-than-life superheroes – Thor and the Hulk, both of whom we haven’t seen since ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ in 2015. From the outset, it’s evident how well these two play with, and against each other, continuing their love-hate bromance established in the first ‘Avengers’ film. Additionally, the film is infused with Taika Waititi’s trademark style of oddball comedy and while he plays wonderfully within Marvel’s sandbox, his imprint is evident in every frame and dialogue. Additionally, it translates very well on screen in all the performances from the ensemble cast.
Considering that the odds are stacked against him, Thor is challenged in a way that brings a whole new side to the God of Thunder. A re-energized Chris Hemsworth gets to flex his comedic muscles to full effect. Naturally, this rubs off well on the Hulk as well, especially since Mark Ruffalo is completely at home playing the angry green man-child. The scenes between him and Thor are captivating to watch and will leave you wanting more. Tom Hiddleston is up to his usual charming mischief as Loki but hands over scene-stealing duties to newcomer Tessa Thompson. She proves to be an essential addition, with a spirited performance as the feisty Valkyrie. Two veteran actors who fit right into the proceedings while clearly having a blast are Jeff Goldblum and Cate Blanchett. The latter’s Hela particularly stands out with a delightfully devious role as Marvel’s first female villain onscreen.
Considering that Marvel’s next big film is ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ which will undoubtedly feature an unprecedented number of superheroes sharing screen space and time, the plot here does feel somewhat rushed as the wheels are in motion for the next big entry. The stakes are far from low, but the film’s overall impact on the MCU is debatable. But that doesn’t take away from the fact that this feels like a zany comic book brought to life. It’s an insanely fun ride from start to finish – one that you’d want to hop right back on for another round; not unlike a Led Zeppelin track on loop. Clearly, third time is a charm for Thor as ‘Ragnarok’ is the best film on the Asgardian till date, and another entry from Marvel you simply cannot miss!