Thor: Ragnarok

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Thor: Ragnarok marks the end of the Thor trilogy, as Marvel Cinematic Universe inches closer to the long-awaited Avengers: Infinity War. This movie comes after Guardians of the Galaxy 2 which was released earlier this year, as part of Marvel Studios' movie lineup in 2017.

Not surprisingly, Ragnarok adopted Guardians of the Galaxy's theme famous for its retro soundtracks & psychedelic colour palettes - a tribute to the 70s & 80s. I thought it was an interesting & good move, keeping the mood consistent for a good crossover.

So, how did Ragnarok fare?

I wasn't particularly a big fan of Ragnarok as the plot seems to be independent; an excuse to fill up the gap in between the MCU before Infinity War arrives. The movie began 2 years after the battle of Sokovia, whereby Thor was captured by a fire demon Surtur, revealing that the realm will be destroyed by Ragnarok as prophesized & Odin has left Asgard.

Here's where I think the plot is slightly flawed, there was no explanation about whether he found evidences of evil forces manipulating all the events that happened during Age of Ultron. After all, he disappeared for 2 years. The rest of the movie is on auto-mode, introducing more new characters within the Thor universe; mostly unfamiliar ones since I don't follow the comics.

Thor's foe this round is not his brother Loki but his blood sister, Hela whom he didn't even knew existed! Also known as Goddess of Death, she was imprisoned by Odin for fear of becoming too powerful, now returns to take over Asgard.

Ragnarok mainly centres around Norse mythology, barely involving mortals in the plot.While the approach is not a bad thing, after all Thor's universe is mystical. I appreciate the fact that Hulk was included in the timeline which is a great way to learn about his side of the story since Age of Ultron.

I still think this final trilogy is entertaining in its own way. It tries its best to compensate the lack of solid storytelling with witty jokes & pure fun. And because of the way each Marvel movie ends, you'll feel guilty for missing out on this movie or risk searching for answers for the next movie. Rating: 3.8 out of 5.