“Ragnarok” rocks

Written By: Elisha Deluhery // Editor in Chief

In the third installment in the Thor franchise, “Ragnarok” finds its titular Thor (Chris Hemsworth) in constant turbulence. Upon his return to his homeworld of Asgard, Thor pieces together that his father, Odin (Anthony Hopkins), has been secretly replaced by his assumed-dead step-brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston). Forcing Loki to reveal his father’s real whereabouts the two go searching for their father on Earth. When found Odin reveals that an ancient evil, known as Hela: Goddess of Death (Cate Blanchett) has arrived to unleash the Asgardian apocalypse unto their beloved home.
“Ragnarok” is top-to-bottom the most unique film in Marvel’s catalog of films. Close to three-fourths of the entire movie is nothing more than a comedy. Which is in no way a slight to the movie because the comedy in “Ragnarok” works tremendously. “Ragnarok” may very well be one of the top-five comedies of the year, if you go by movie substance and not off of assumption. The other one-fourth of the movie consists of outstanding portrait-esque action. New Zealand director Taika Waititi is one of my favorite comedic directors working today. His super-niche comedic style seen in his films (“What We Do in the Shadows”, “Hunt for the Wilderpeople”) is unparalleled to anyone else working in the industry. And as a fan of his previous work, his specific style translates into “Ragnarok”. If you laugh at all during this movie, it is because of him. Either his writing, directing or even his acting (he plays rock-creature Korg in the film).
Any good director must also rely not only on himself, but on his actors and trust them to do a good job in portraying his/her vision. In “Ragnarok” everybody does exactly what is asked of them for a comedic superhero movie. Hemsworth is hysterical, as is Mark Ruffalo (Hulk), Tom Hiddleston and MCU-newcomer Tessa Thompson (“Creed”). “Ragnarok” fires on almost all cylinders, and never leaves a dull moment, grasping in its target audience in a way the MCU hasn’t been able to do on a subject-matter level since “Guardians of the Galaxy”. Although “Ragnarok” may not be my favorite MCU movie to-date, it would be silly of me to think it a bad movie. Because it’s not. It’s superbly hilarious, has great action and gives the MCU audience a new fresh experience. Anyone in need of a good time, some laughs or simply wants to check out the MCU’s next chapter will want to see this movie.

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