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Friday, 10 November 2017

Film Review: Thor Ragnarok

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In the great Marvel versus DC face-off, I've always been a Marvel girl. I love the MCU and always eagerly await new releases whenever they're announced. However, out of all the characters, superheroes and villains alike, my favourite is Thor - to the degree where I'm known as 'Thor' in one friendship group (as it happens, we all have Marvel alter-egos, but that's a story for another time).

But Thor isn't just my favourite Avenger, his movies are also my favourite out of all the individual franchises within the Marvel umbrella. I love how fantasy and classic mythology combine with sci-fi and the modern world, in a way which isn't replicated in any other stand-alone MCU series. I find the concept fascinating, the storylines engaging, and the character development arguably better than in any other Marvel film.

So when I first heard about the release of Thor: Ragnarok, understandably I was excited. Even more so when the trailer and teasers were gradually announced, as the movie looked incredible - combining all the elements I love about the Thor franchise with a giant dosage of fun and humour.

Can it Live up to Expectations?

Heading along to the cinema for date night, I was hyped - and, unusually, carrying no doubts that the movie would fail to deliver.

Carrying on from the events of films past, Thor: Ragnarok sees Chris Hemsworth reprise his titular role in a film which is action-packed from the get-go. Right from the start, it's clear that this is going to be something different, as we begin with some casual breaking of the fourth wall, setting the bar for the outright shattering of conventions which is due to follow. The film is bold, it's brave, but above all, it's fresh, offering an original insight into a timeless franchise and breathing a new spark into the stale world of modern cinema.

Thor finds himself stuck in a forgotten world on the other side of the universe, forced to compete in gladiator-style fights in an attempt to win his freedom. After being pitted against Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) the two work together to try and escape and find their way back to Asgard, where the power-hungry Hela (Cate Blanchett) is intent upon destruction.

But is it the Best Marvel Movie to Date?

Originally billed as an action movie, the film instead surprises the audience by making comedy its main port of call. It's not just the usual snide comments and asides that permeate through past Avengers films, instead, it's unexpectedly brilliant moments of real laugh-out-loud humour. Case in point - there were moments during the movie when the entire audience were in fits of laughter. How often does that happen during a cinema screening?

Fans and critics alike have been touting this as one of the best Marvel movies of all time. A bold statement, but an undeniable compliment - and one which I wholeheartedly agree with. By taking the story in a brand new direction, Thor has become more than just the fantasy Avenger - he's smart, he's funny, and he's got an outstanding storyline just waiting to be fulfilled in the future. Now, I don't know about you, but I can't wait for the next movie!

Are you a Marvel fan? Have you seen the movie? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

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