Movie Review - Thor: Ragnarok

The newest Thor movie has arrived, and I have to say that it's my favorite of the three. Between Thor (2011), Thor: The Dark World (2013), and Thor: Ragnarok, this installment definitely has more humor throughout, and between that and its special effects, it's very fun to watch.

Thor's father, Odin (Anthony Hopkins), has just passed away, and it's revealed that Thor and Loki have a sister, Hela (Cate Blanchett). Hela wants Asgard for herself, and doesn't care if she has to burn it down to do it. In the meantime, however, Thor has been kidnapped, to a planet run by the Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum), and he must fight the Grandmaster's Champion in order to stay alive. The Champion, however, ends up being the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), and later, Thor and Hulk attempt to escape to get back to Asgard.

There were a lot of new faces in this film, and even though Natalie Portman doesn't appear ("It was a mutual breakup!" Thor insists), we don't really end up missing her. Jeff Goldblum was hilarious as the Grandmaster - and very Hunger Games-esque in his appearance, which consists of bright colors - and Blanchett is deliciously evil as Hela, though definitely reminiscent of Angelina Jolie in Maleficent. Tessa Thompson also stars as one of the Valkyrie, an elite group of women that were sworn to protect Asgard. There are also a few cameos but I won't spoil those ... we get another Marvel character that shows up, though, as well as a well-known A-list actor.

Yes, see this movie, and see it in 3D. The screening I attended was in the "Epic theater" at MJR Troy (their version of IMAX) and also in 3D, and the 3D is definitely "in your face"; my only complain about it was that it sometimes made some of the characters look small, which I've experienced before. As always, this is a Marvel movie, so make sure to stay through the credits, too: there is one mid-credits scene, and one post-credits scene, which takes place at the very end of the credits. I'm excited to see where the Thor franchise will go after this one, and Thor: Ragnarok leaves the next installment with some very big shoes to fill.

Thor: Ragnarok is in theaters today, November 3rd, and is rated PG-13 with a runtime of 130 minutes. 4.5 stars out of 5.

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