I will be the first to admit that the Thor franchise, as well as the Hulk, have been a bit of a slow burn in the Marvel universe compared to the likes of Captain America and Iron Man. I was really not a fan of the first Thor movie. I was too distracted by Chris Hemsworth’s horribly bleached eyebrows to really pay attention to what was going on in the story. Then came Thor: The Dark World, which I enjoyed exponentially better but it still had many flaws. Thor:Ragnarok took me by surprise in all the right ways.
This movie is fast paced and action packed from the start. I was laughing the entire time and the color scheme is just incredible. I love the direction that Marvel seems to be taking with their movies. Moving away from the more realistic standpoint and heading straight towards worlds from the comic books. The group dynamic between Thor, Valkyrie and Hulk works better than any other team in the Marvel universe. They shared a common goal, and had strengths and weaknesses that complimented each other. I adored the relationship between Hulk and Valkyrie. It was full of love and playfulness and a familiarity between warrior outcasts.
Speaking of Valkyrie, Tessa Thompson was perfection. She stole every scene that she was in. The flashback/dream sequence showing the epic Valkyrie battle was one of the most beautiful scenes in the entire film, and that is certainly saying something. Valkyrie was both vulnerable and fearless. Her movements during battle were graceful and sure. I really hope to see her in many, many more Marvel films. I also loved Hela. She was the ultimate all powerful villain. Smart and cunning, she truly embodied her name of Goddess of Death. It was made all the more special by the deliberate attempt not to make her seem more ‘real’ by Earth standards. Her movements seemed cat-like and I enjoyed her transformation from hair to helmet.
The fact that even the secondary characters were fully developed and just as exciting was not lost on me. The GrandMaster (Jeff Goldblum) was hilarious and otherworldly. Korg was enjoyable every time he was on screen. And Heimdall finally was utilized in the way he deserved all along. I had been patiently waiting for Idris Elba to be something other than a plot device and I was not disappointed. Heimdall was able to be both heroic and the wise leader.
I could go on and on about how much I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. There was a lot of thought put into the film that was severely lacking in this particular Avenger’s story line and it was appreciated. This film, with it’s larger than life settings just make me that much more excited for Black Panther, which is the next Marvel movie to be released. I will definitely be seeing this film in theaters again.