Stranded and imprisoned in on the planet Sakaar and without his Mjolnirto keep him company, Thor is back.
In a race against time, the beloved hero is forced into a gladiator style battle with his Avenger team mate the Hulk. With an urgency to save his home, Asgard, from an existential threat, we see Thor in a different light.
Over three years after the last instalment of the franchise, the mighty Thor returns to the big screen to rapturous laughter in Thor: Ragnarok. We headed down to Cineworld Shrewsbury, grabbed our popcorn and settled down for what was, unexpectedly, one of the best Marvel movies released in the last few years.
Of course, returning to the role of the titular hero is Chris Hemsworth. Fresh with a new haircut, the demi-God has a new sense of self-depreciating humour that is truly tickling audiences. Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) as a character is developed more than ever in this instalment of the saga. Dubbed “charmingly confused” the Hulk’s alter-ego greatly contributes to the unpretentious humour.
Also heading back to the screen is the beloved Tom Hiddlestone as Loki. Playing tricks and up to no good, the God of Mischief lives up to his name. However, this time, there’s a new villain on the block. Hela, played by Cate Blanchett, is the antler-adorned, eyeliner-ridden sister of the two Gods who’s come to wreak havoc on their homeland.
A New Director’s Take
Taika Waitit is a kiwi most known for his much smaller budget films like Hunt for the Wilderpeople and What We Do in the Shadows. The director leaves his distinct mark on his new project. Waititi is well known for the humour that in Thor: Ragnarok. There’s a great sense of fun present in this movie - it’s reminiscent of both Guardians of the Galaxay and Iron Man 3. It isn’t afraid to throw its hands up in and air and make fun of itself, which is a characteristic that’s becoming increasingly popular in the Marvel Universe. Besides, it would be quite hard to take a film set in alien terrain ‘seriously’.
What happens next?
You get the sense while watching this film that anything could happen to anyone. Whilst aesthetically appealing, the film is unforeseeable in terms of the narrative. The combination of the chemistry between Thor and the Hulk and the addition of wonderful new characters adds a new dynamic to the superhero crew. Dubbed one of the funniest MCU films to-date, this film is one you won’t want to miss.
Thor: Ragnarok kicks off the new season of film releases with a bang. You can catch the blockbuster hit at Cineworld Shrewsbury from 27th October.
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