Thor: Ragnarok

Thor: Ragnarok ★★★★½

I have not had this much fun watching a Marvel film since the first Guardians and with the recent lackluster releases of Phase 3 — apart from the game-changing Civil War — it was refreshing to see Thor thrust into a new environment with an instant new development to his character within 15 minutes of the film with the destruction of his all mighty hammer, Mjolnir, and thrown into the alien planet, Sakaar, that holds the Contest of Champions. There you are introduced to new characters that are either badass (Tessa Thompson's Valkyrie) or absolutely hilarious (Taika Waititi's Korg, Rachel House's Topaz and Jeff Goldblum's Grandmaster). And then there's the big bad, Cate Blanchett's Hela, who gives us one of the best Marvel villains since Loki but sadly gets saddled in the middle of the story for Thor and Hulk's bromance adventure in Sakaar.

Thor: Ragnarok still holds the same Marvel story tropes that plague the franchise, but thankfully with a burst of great performances and a director with influence on the film with his unique comedic style. I mean you are never going to see an alien with a Māori accent if it wasn't for Waititi, and trust me Korg is life because you don't want a Doug. Waititi's comedic style flared the moment the film starts with a hilarious introduction to Thor in a predicament and from there it's a blast of laughter and fun from beginning to end. Waititi, you wonderful bastard now I hope you do Akira.

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