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Thor: Ragnarok – God of Thunder makes a Comeback

Written by Omair Alavi

By Omair Alavi He may not be the strongest avenger in the universe but Thor sure knows how to make a comeback. In Thor Ragnarok, the God of hammer goes through many changes at a personal level but comes back strongly, defeating his elder Sister Hella as well as partnering with Loki, his brother from…

SAMAA | Omair Alavi – Posted: Nov 27, 2017 | Last Updated: 4 years ago

By Omair Alavi

He may not be the strongest avenger in the universe but Thor sure knows how to make a comeback. In Thor Ragnarok, the God of hammer goes through many changes at a personal level but comes back strongly, defeating his elder Sister Hella as well as partnering with Loki, his brother from another mother. Add humour to the script and you get the funniest Marvel film to date where everything happens to bring a smile to your face.

The Plot

Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Loki (Tom Hiddleston) find out the hard way that the presence of their father Odin (Anthony Hopkins) was the one thing keeping Asgard safe from their eldest sibling Hella (Cate Blanchett) who wants to rule the 9 realms with an iron fist. Before they can do anything, they get stuck on an alien planet and have to fight their way through to reach Asgard, before it’s too late. The Hulk also comes to their aid but are they able to save their home from one of their own – watch the film to know more.

The Good

Thor is the perfect specimen of how to make a superhero film – it has a hero who has lost everything; has a treacherous brother; a friend he can’t bank on and an enemy who is more interested in punch lines than punches. Chris Hemsworth comes as the He-Man of the Universe yet he displays emotions like an everyday guy. He cheers when he meets Hulk in an arena much to the surprise of everyone else; he uses ‘get help’ to create a distraction; he is unsure of his own powers until he decides enough is enough and he knows that his world depends on him, even if the person who has replaced him is his sister. Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk and Bruce Banner is like two sides of the coin yet he manages to make you smile in both the roles. Tom Hiddleston is so good as Loki that you want him to have a franchise of his own. Jeff Goldblum doesn’t have much presence but as the main bad guy, he impresses on his entry into the Marvel Universe.

The Bad

This is not a film for the fans of Cate Blanchett who although looks extremely sexy as the villain, doesn’t have much to do except look exactly that. As the firstborn of Odin, she appears as soon as her father’s death and wreaks havoc at Asgard since she thinks she is the rightful owner. On one hand, the Oscar winner is portrayed as the most powerful being in the universe and on the other, as soon as competition becomes tough, she succumbs to it like most Marvel villains, be it Hella or Ultron.

The Verdict 3.5/5

Thor Ragnarok is an experience as it reboots the Thor franchise with the same actors but different attitude; here Loki isn’t the bad guy all the time; here Thor isn’t angry 24X7 and here Hulk is not a green monster that everyone hates, but loves. Marvel sure knows how to make a film because, with these handful of characters, they have created greater intensity than DC’s Justice League that falters in its bid to be Marvel-lous. Thor is, in fact, one of those superhero flicks that you can watch anytime of the day and come out as a happy person because ‘that’s what heroes do’.

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Omair Alavi