Thor-iffic Time at the Movies
"Thor: Ragnorak" is another terrific addition to Marvel's list of greatly made action movies.
"Thor: Ragnorak" is easily the best movie of the entire Thor franchise. The first and second Thor movies were solid movies, but they lacked one of the most important qualities a modern action movie needs to have and that is: ease. And, no one does action-movie ease better than the Marvel movies.
It has been 4 years since the release of the second Thor movie, 2013's "Thor: The Dark World" and since that time Marvel movies have consistently been released and performed strongly at the box office deservedly so. The aforementioned ease Marvel movies have is a combination of both a tight script and surefooted direction. The last few years, rival superhero movies have been filled with lipid action sequences or dreary leads bogged down by their sense of purpose, and this "Thor:Ragnorak" avoided successfully by balancing the movie's central story with lively action sequences, and strategically placed comedic reliefs.
While watching "Thor:Ragnorak" it is impossible to miss it's Marvel-esque qualities and influences. "Thor:Ragnorak" runs for 2 hours and 10 minutes, but the movie never feels heavy or drawn out. "Thor:Ragnorak" sometimes felt like it was being directed by a disco ball, full of fun, color, and excitement.
Aside from it's many strengths behind the camera, "Thor:Ragnorak" brought together a group of actors who are at the top of their acting game. Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston have never been better in their respective roles, or their dueling brothers chemistry stronger.
Lastly, Cate Blanchett and Tessa Thompson were both first timers to the Thor franchise, and both delivered scene stealing and memorable performances. Thompson as Valkyrie was a great source of action and comedy, and proved to be a worthy partner. Cate Blanchett has played villain before, lastly in 2015's "Cinderella", but in "Thor:Ragnorak"she shined as the petty, bitter, and powerfully evil sister from hell.
"Thor:Ragnorak" succeeds as a movie not for one singular strength but the culmination of many. More importantly than anything when it comes to entertainment, it entertains, so go see it!