Movie review: Thor Ragnarok

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The most anticipated movie of the fall has hit theaters with a thunderous clap, and it surpasses the hype.

“Thor: Ragnarok,” directed by Taika Waititi and starring Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Jeff Goldblum, Cate Blanchett, Mark Ruffalo, Tessa Thompson and many more phenomenal actors, is one of the most entertaining and thrilling movies to hit theaters in a great while.

The previous two installments in the “Thor” trilogy were well-directed and entertaining additions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but “Thor: Ragnarok” easily transcends both and many other Marvel films as well.

The audience learns within the first few minutes of the film that this movie is a thrilling work of action comedy.

In the beginning of the film, Thor travels all around and puts an end to those who pose a threat to Asgard and the realms she rules. Then, through a series of events, including a brilliant segment with Benedict Cumberbatch’s Dr. Strange, Thor and Loki are introduced to Blanchett’s Hela, the goddess of death.

Hela poses a threat like none our heroes have seen before. She makes quick work of Thor, Loki and Asgard, ruling by force and destroying any who challenge her.

Thor and Loki are trapped on a strange planet ruled by Goldblum’s Gamemaster. The god of thunder is forced to do battle with Hulk, and audiences have never been more grateful.

Thor, Loki, the Hulk and newcomer Valkyrie team up to put an end to Hela.

Hilarious and thrilling, “Thor: Ragnarok” takes hold of audiences and does not let them go till the end of the credits. Very fast-paced and featuring stunning visuals as well as witty dialogue, the film is incredibly enjoyable and is certainly worth seeing once, if not more.

The audience is shown truly electrifying action sequences that are choreographed and directed to perfection. Fans of Thor finally get to see the god of thunder in his absolute prime in breathtaking style.

It is very easy to forget that you are watching a movie while in the theater viewing “Thor Ragnarok.”

Any problems this film has are mostly caused by tonal inconsistencies between drama and comedy. “Thor: Ragnarok” is a very comedic film, and occasionally an opportunity for a great dramatic moment is tossed to the side in favor of a joke that does not add as much to the film as the dramatic moment would have.

While it is certainly not a perfect film, all the imperfections are easily forgiven in light of the great achievement this movie represents.

Very few, if any, third installments in any good trilogy end up truly surpassing their predecessors, making  “Thor: Ragnarok” a remarkable success.

According to director Waititi, up to 80 percent of the dialogue in this movie was improvised. That is stunning considering just how much good dialogue there is.

This is a testament to the actors’ abilities and chemistry, as well as Waititi’s skill as a director in crafting spontaneous moments that work seamlessly with the film to make it all the more realistic.

All the actors in this film do a fantastic job. To only name a few would be a disservice to the others, because they all did extremely well, though Blanchett’s Hela is one of the better villains in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

“Thor: Ragnarok” is one of the best movies of 2017 and is simply a delight to view. Any moviegoer, casual or committed, will love this riveting and beautiful addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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