Diana Vacc sees “Thor: Ragnarok”

by Diana Vaccarelli

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November 3, 2017, Marvel Entertainment released the third installment of the Thor series, Thor: Ragnarok.  This film in the Thor saga follows our hero as he attempts to prevent the all-powerful Goddess of Death, Hela, (Cate Blanchett), from destroying his kingdom of Asgard.

THE GOOD:

  • Director Taika Waititi brings us a superhero story with intense action and humor that will keep you on your toes and laughing all the way through.  One scene that speaks to this is when Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is in a gladiator fight against the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo). You may think you’ve seen everything these two characters can dish out, but this still will be a delightfully entertaining surprise.
  • Chris Hemsworth is the epitome of Thor.  Not only the look but the delivery of the dialogue.  Hemsworth was born to play this character.  Same could be said about Tom Hiddleston as the adopted brother of Thor, Loki, the God of Mischief.  These two are utter perfection in their roles.
  • The chemistry between Hemsworth and Hiddleston is magical. I thoroughly enjoyed the sparks created by both of them in the scene when Thor returned home to Asgard and sees Loki impersonating their father Odin (Anthony Hopkins).
  • Quit the surprise was Cate Blanchett as Hela.  I’ve always seen Ms. Blanchett as prim and proper and definitely not a villain.  Glad I was proven wrong.  When she first arrives on screen (major spoiler alert) and breaks Thor’s indestructible hammer it’s shocking, to say the least.
  • The unexpected placement of the humor throughout the film by writers Eric Pearson, Craig Kyle, and Christopher Yost was rolling on the floor laughing material. The most humorous scene was Thor sitting handcuffed to a chair and talking back to the Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum), reminding his captor that “I am the God of Thunder, not Lord of Thunder.”

THE BAD:

  • This film was jaw-dropping entertainment. Nothing here disappointed me.  Leaving the theater I felt that at last I had learned the definition of the phrase: “Pure enjoyment.”

THE REST:

If you want a totally enjoyable escape from your daily life – and these days who doesn’t? – Thor: Ragnarok is for you.


Diana Vaccarelli is TVWriter™’s Critic-at-Large and a student in the TVWriter™ Online Workshop. Find out more about her HERE