Thor: Ragnarok ends a terrible movie streak

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Chris Hemsworth stars as "Thor" in the new Marvel movie "Thor:Ragnarok," which made an

impressive $211.3 million at the box office during its opening weekend.

 

The God of Thunder returns once again to the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s (MCU) 17th film in Thor: Ragnarok.


 To be brief and direct, Marvel has managed to exceed my expectations on what should be considered if not a good movie but a decent adaptation for the adventures of the Champion of Asgard. 


Now let’s be honest, the first two films of the Thor saga haven’t been quite as successful as the other standalone superhero movies being arguably among the weakest installments of the MCU, which is quite ironic considering the Son of Odin being one of the Avengers’ powerhouses.  


The first film, Thor, felt as an obligatory method of integrating Thor into the Avengers. 


The sequel, Thor: The Dark World, left many fans confused including myself regarding the plot and how it connects to the mystery of Thanos and the Infinity Stones, which will eventually lead to The Avengers: Infinity War. 


It wasn’t a bad film per se but they probably could’ve done much better with how the antagonist was introduced being that he’s easily one of the most forgettable villains (I can’t even remember his name) and how the overall plot was explained. But, enough about the past.  


I can easily say that Ragnarok is by far the best Thor film and a qualifying contender for one of Marvel’s best films up date, sharing a spot with, in my opinion, Captain America: Winter Soldier and the first Guardians of the Galaxy, possibly Civil War if I’m feeling generous.  


Graphically, Ragnarok is stunning. The colors are vibrant, the settings are amazingly detailed and the style the movie gives out is electrifying. 


The fight scenes are engaging and the special effects are spot on. The soundtrack is also one of the film’s fortes. 


I loved the way Thor channeled lightning through his body giving it a Raiden vibe from the Mortal Kombat series with the glowing eyes and lightning coming out of his hands. 


I could swear I spotted Thor pulling out one of Raiden’s fighting moves in the final confrontation.


 Overall the movie is entertaining and filled with many Easter eggs just like in other Marvel movies. But even the best movies have their flaws.


Marvel is known to use the same formula in many of its films on how the story, dialogue and the overall structure of the film is presented.


 It tends to crack a lot of jokes, some of them are not even funny and when it tries to present some elements of seriousness in the plot. 


It’s as though Marvel is afraid to show a more serious tone when the heroes are going through a difficult time or something terrible has happened.


Overall, the style of how the story is told is somewhat repetitive and shares a lot of similar elements to other Marvel films. 


The Ragnarok saga from the Thor comics is probably one of the darkest storylines in the Thor series which is why I was expecting not much but a few dark elements to the film.


Though this adaptation isn’t far off from the comics and it is a decent way to present it to a younger audience,

Thor: Ragnarok is a must-see for comic book aficionados with a final verdict of 4 out of 5 Mjolnirs.
 

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