Lamar Reviews - Thor - Ragnarok

November 10, 2017
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This Thor movie has a completely different tone than the other 2.  Way less serious and a lot more comedic.  80% of the dialog was improvised which seems risky but it turned out fine.  The director said he wanted to showcase Chris Hemsworth’s comedic talent.

The movie begins with Thor trying to stop Ragnarok from accruing.  Ragnarok is the absolute destruction of Asgard allowing a total rebirth of the civilization.   After dealing with that, Thor finds out that Loki is not dead.  Duh, of course he’s not dead.  First off this is the Marvel Universe, somebody is only dead until the storyline needs them not to be dead.  And Loki is way too interesting of a character to ever go away for long.  They don’t need to go evil twin or Bobby Ewing in the shower dream sequence, they just make it happen.  DC is not different, Superman is not dead either.  Not only is Loki not dead but he’s hid their father Odin on earth and they have to swing by Dr. Strange’s house to find him.  When they find Odin he informs them that they have a sister Hela the Goddess of Death, played by Cate Blanchett, who is about to be released from the prison that Odin put her in.  When it comes to naming the Goddess of Death it’s hard to beat Hela and Cate Blanchett sure fit the bill.  She handily defeats Thor and Loki, sending them spinning off into space.

They land on a garbage collecting world called Sakaar ran by The Grandmaster, played by Jeff Goldblum.  Of course he is absolutely perfect as a pompous sociopath ruler who runs a gladiator contest.  He decides that Thor will be the perfect challenger for his undefeated champion, who happens to be the Hulk.  Thor is thinking they’re buddies but Hulk is in smash mode and it takes some convincing for them to team up.  Thor has to escape to save Asgard and the quickest way out is through a cosmic wormhole with the greatest name in comic history. It’s called the devil’s anus.  Of course when they arrive at Asgard in just the nick of time there is a huge Marvel battle with Hela, her giant hell hound, and her army of undead soldiers.

Chris Hemsworth has settled into this role.  He’s very comfortable and relaxed which allows him to be really funny.  But make no mistake physically he pulls off the whole Thor thing.   To bulk up Hemsworth ate 6000 calories a day and worked out 6 to 7 times a week.  I’m solid on the 6000 calories a day, that’s a piece of cake.  And a slice of pie, and a chili cheese with fries.  The 7 day workout is still in the planning stages.  But he looks fantastic.

2 hours and 10 minutes, Rated PG-13 for sci-fi violence and action and some brief suggestive material.

Everybody involved did a great job and this is definitely the best Thor movie so far.

My Score: A full 6pk of ice cold Budweisers!

Lamar Reviews - Thor Ragnarok

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