Thor: Ragnarok opened in theaters on November 3rd and it was a much anticipated movie for Joe and I.
Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok – the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization – at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela. But first he must survive the deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger – the Incredible Hulk!
The first thing I read about Thor:Ragnarok was this tweet comparing it to the side of a cool dude’s van, and from that moment I was awash with anticipation. I can now confirm that the sweet-ass van guy’s initial impression was 100% accurate.
On top of being full of the sort of intergalactic ass-kicking that belongs on an epic heavy metal album cover, Thor:Ragnarok was also surprisingly hilarious. Instead of taking an overly serious approach, the film deals with the downfall of Thor and the destruction of the world with levity and frivolity. This approach makes an overtly fantastical story both accessible and believable, when it would otherwise be campy and cheesy.
The reemergence of the Hulk was something I’ve been looking forward to for years, and it was worth the wait. Watching the Hulk’s interactions with the other characters was very relatable for parents of small children.
Thor:Ragnarok is easily the best Thor-Hulk team-up movie, beating out the 1988 Bill Bixby classic The Incredible Hulk Returns by a large margin. It is also the best Thor movie, and it is definitely in the running for the best Marvel movie.
The direction by Taika Waititi was spot-on, and the casting was great. Cate Blanchett, Jeff Goldblum, and Idris Elba were especially fun to watch, and there were a ton of unexpected cameos. Immense attention was paid to tiny details and references that nerds like me will be pouring over for months.
All in all, Thor: Ragnarok was extraordinarily fun movie.
I received passes to the featured event in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions are my own.