“Thor: Ragnarok” Review: “Rare Film That Fully Achieves Everything It Tries To Do”
It was about the time I saw a Valkyrie shooting a giant wolf with a chaingun mounted on a spaceship that I realized that “Thor Ragnarok” was something special. “Thor Ragnarok” is a science fiction-fantasy comedy film that stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Mark Ruffalo and Jeff Goldblum, and is directed by Taika Waititi.
“Ragnarok” is the rare film that fully achieves everything it tries to do. It has great action, funny comedy, incredible set design and effects, and even manages to have a few well done dramatic moments. However, though there is action in the film, don’t go into it expecting a traditional action film. This film is primarily a comedy, with a few action scenes sprinkled in to mix things up. If you go in expecting an action movie, you will be disappointed, but if you are looking for a fun, entertaining comedy, then this will fit the bill perfectly.
While this film is very entertaining and the humor is great, it gets to be a bit overbearing at times. While the film attempts to have some more dramatic moments, it mostly fails due to the constant humor. It is hard to take the impending apocalypse too seriously when it is peppered with jokes, even during some of the more serious scenes. Because the characters don’t seem to take the plot very seriously, it is hard for you to take it seriously either, which makes the film a bit weaker overall.
But while there might be a bit too much of it at some points, the constant humor is a great strength of the film. It kept the audience laughing for the entire time, and even after seeing it multiple times, I still noticed new jokes hidden in the background. A particular highlight is Korg, voiced by director Taika Waititi. He is constantly funny, and has many of the films standout lines.
Overall, your enjoyment of this film will hinge on what your expectations are going in. If you want an action movie with a few jokes sprinkled in, this film isn’t for you. If you want a comedy and don’t care too much about plot, then this is the film for you.