‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Elevates Franchise to Greatness

BY ADAM ROCKWOOD

Staff Writer 

People have often dismissed Thor as the least impressive Marvel franchise. It lacks the charismatic star of “Iron Man” and the nostalgic oddity of “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Unfortunately, viewers say there was almost nothing distinctive about the first two “Thor” movies aside from their usage of Norse mythology. “Thor: Ragnarok,” however, absolutely destroys its predecessors in terms of quality, and I cannot exaggerate enough how fun the movie is from start to finish.

It is the third installment in the Thor franchise, coming after “Thor” and “Thor: The Dark World.” It’s about Thor (Chris Hemsworth), a Norse god who is trapped on the planet Sakaar, whose leader entertains the masses with gladiator battles. His goal is to get back to his realm of Asgard, which is being endangered by Hela, Thor’s evil sister. To do this, he has to team up with his mischievous brother, Loki (Tom Hiddleston), and several other unlikely allies.

This movie is full of delightfully funny interactions between characters that are quick and to the point, preventing the movie from becoming tedious. It also helps that Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston have more chemistry than ever before.  They are believable as siblings because even though they get into fights and are often enemies, viewers can tell how deeply they care for each other. The only character I did not care for was Hela, but even she was stronger than the forgettable villain of “Thor: The Dark World.”

This movie also takes a page from “Guardians of the Galaxy” in its set pieces, as they are eye-grabbingly colorful. The planet of Sakaar itself is a marvel, with its skyline streaked with neon fluorescent lights. That being said, it distinguishes itself from Marvel’s space opera with its style. Whereas that movie combined its colors with a futuristic look, “Thor: Ragnarok” has a more medieval look to it, despite its futuristic architecture.

I had fun watching “Thor: Ragnarok,” and I am excited for what comes next in the franchise. It may not be a particularly plot-heavy movie, and if that is what you’re looking for, you will want to look elsewhere. But if you’re looking for a incredibly funny film with comedic interactions, great characters and eye-popping visuals, I highly encourage you to give “Thor: Ragnarok” a try.