Thor Ragnarok

Thor Ragnarock Title Screen

The fun cosmic adventure we’ve always wanted and probably didn’t deserve, Thor Ragnarok is possibly one of my favorite Marvel movies as of yet. Released in 2017, I didn’t get a chance to watch it until very recently and it’s probably criminal to admit this but I watched Infinity War before Ragnarok. Don’t worry, I had realized my mistake the first few seconds of watching Infinity War in the cinema.

I didn’t really have any particular fondness for Thor Odinson until watching Infinity War and Ragnarok, despite watching all of the Thor movies as well as the Avengers movies. Infinity War changed that with Thor being the real MVP of the Avengers (let’s be real, he’s definitely the “Strongest Avenger” now) and Ragnarok only compounded on making him a likable character. Or maybe it was just the loss of his long straggly hair that did the trick, I don’t know. We’re only going to be talking about Ragnarok for now, so there won’t be any more Infinity War spoilers here!

Thor Ragnarok Aesthetic

First of all: the humor. The type of humor, as well as the punch lines in Thor Ragnarok, are an accurate summary of the kind of humor that I like and to be honest, this kind of humor can only be accomplished with a bit of a clueless character like Thor. I mean, he has an email address but doesn’t know that you need a computer to access emails. Watching Ragnarok made this promotional video suddenly make a lot of sense (although what Banner is doing there is very questionable). However, just because he seems clueless about lots of things, doesn’t mean he’s an overall stupid character.

There were a couple of scenes and dialogues where I was pleasantly surprised. Possibly the best dialogue was the one he shares with Loki before stealing the Grandmaster’s ship. Thor previously admitting that Loki wanted to kill them (as well as the snake story he shares) and agreeing that Loki shouldn’t be trusted was a great turn of character from his previous interactions and it was cemented further by his ability to see through Loki’s new and admittedly predictable betrayal.

“See life is about growth, it’s about change, but you seem to just wanna stay the same. I guess what I’m trying to say is that you’ll always be the god of mischief but you could be more”

A couple of other dialogues that I really liked, sprinkled here and there, were his references to the Avengers. It’s really evident how much he loves being an Avenger and how much he’s learned from the humans with how he keeps talking about being a hero and being a friend. Stark references to the other Avengers, from Tony Stark’s clothes (did you see what I did there) to Natasha Romanoff’s little ‘lullaby’ were all really pleasant to see and helped cement the movie into the wider, bigger cinematic universe.

All of the characters were fantastic, regardless of who they were. It was difficult to dislike anyone. Even Hela was a pretty good character, especially with her past revealed in the mural in the throne room, although it did raise a couple of questions regarding Odin. What made him decide to stop conquering worlds? What happened to the worlds that he did conquer? If he used the conquered wealth to build Asgard (all the gold in the throne room, as Hela pointed out), did he ever return any of it or did he decide that dumping everything on Hela and banishing her was the solution to his history of conquests?

The flashback to the Valkyrie and their demise was also interesting and again, I am surprised that Thor didn’t know about it. From what I understood about Hela and the Valkyrie, this all must have happened when Thor was either not born or was very young. Either way, the Valkyrie ceased to exist (pretty much) so how did Thor grow up wanting to be a Valkyrie without knowing that they all got killed by his elder sister? Perhaps it was just a thing of legends sort of story he grew up with. I’m still surprised that he didn’t know about Hela and the above history of Odin’s conquests.

The ending was also very nice with the whole concept of Asgard being a people, not a place. You can’t really have a kingdom if there’s no one in it, hence sacrificing Asgard to save its people was definitely the right decision. I also liked how it seems implied that Thor wanted to bring the Asgardians to Norway, where he had met Odin earlier in the movie. It’s really a shame that Infinity War happened, but that’s a debate for another day.

Overall, I really enjoyed this movie. It was great fun to watch, the humor was fantastic, the story was good and the pacing was also an interesting race against time. We got to see Thor and Banner/Hulk bonding as well as got a little more insight into the relationship between the Hulk and Banner. I would probably give it 4.5 stars out of 5 stars.

Have you seen Thor Ragnarok? What did you think of it? Was there anything that bothered you in the movie? Let me know in the comments below. Have a nice day!

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Author: Kanra Khan

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8 Replies to “Thor Ragnarok

  1. Ahh awesome overview! I haven’t seen Thor Ragnarok, in all honesty the Avengers and things aren’t my usual film choice… but actually tempted to go and watch it after your post. Thanks for sharing! <3

  2. I love the aesthetic photo sets that you included for the images!! And thank you for not including any infinity war spoilers cause I haven’t seen it yet. I haven’t seen this movie but it sounds pretty awesome.

  3. I am just one big geek for the marvel movies. This is no exception. Loved the movie, but I think Iron Man will be my forever favorite~

    A recent new fav of mine is DC’s wonderwoman. Seen that one yet?

    1. As a character, Iron Man will be forever my favorite, but Thor Ragnarok certainly shot Thor up the ‘favorite Avengers’ list for me!
      I have, as a matter of fact, seen Wonder Woman! Definitely planning a post for her too!
      Thank you for stopping by <3

  4. I absolutely loved Thor Ragnarok as well! It was one of my favourites. I didn’t get the chance to see it at the cinema, so the day it came out on DVD we bought it, came home to watch it and then went straight back out again to see Black Panther! It was a good day.. Loving all your Marvel posts.

    Kirsty x

  5. I also watched Infinity war before Thor Ragnarok (frankly speaking, I also missed Doctor Strange and Black Panther) and I really regret this haha. Thanks to your review I want to watch this movie even more now. Amazing post!

  6. Hey there, if you are Miasmedic, I am Dynamite#4876 from Discord and own the ~Barista Palace~ server.

    I just read the article and I have to say it’s pretty good. I watched the film also recently myself, about three to four months ago.

    Especially the question you pondered about the timeline involving the Valkyries and where Thor fits in, really got me. I would assume the Valkyries except her were killed quite some time before Thor was born. In his childhood days, Odin probably had to tell him ‘a stuff of legend’ bedtime story or something to protect him from ever knowing his elder sister Hela who brought their demise.

    Now I haven’t seen Infinity War yet and it’s the only MCU film up to date I haven’t seen yet, but otherwise I’m good lol

    Keep up the good work though, fascinating read!

    Would love to hear more from you!

    Dynamite

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