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Thor: Ragnarok Director Brings Depth to Characters

Tyler Bollinger, Staff Writer

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Thor: Ragnarok was released on Nov. 3. Previous films in the Thor trilogy were generally given positive reviews, but were lacking anything special that set them apart from one another. When director Taika Waititi began working on the latest installment, he sought to bring more personality to the character of Thor, and that’s what he achieved.

The film opens with Thor (Chris Hemsworth) imprisoned by the demon Surtur (Clancy Brown). Surtur tells Thor of the prophecy of Ragnarok and how he will destroy Asgard. After destroying Surtur, Thor returns to Asgard to find his brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) has been impersonating their father, Odin (Anthony Hopkins) after Loki took his throne and banished his dad to Earth. Thor and Loki begin the search for Odin and find him in Norway.

Shortly after, he tells them about his first born, and their sister, Hela (Cate Blanchett), who will be released from her imprisonment upon his death. Suddenly, Hela appears and begins fighting Thor and Loki. She overpowers the two and sends them flying into space as she continues her passage into Asgard.

Thor lands on the planet Sakaar and is captured by Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) who then takes Thor to the Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum). Thor is forced to fight the Grandmaster’s current champion, who is revealed to be the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), in a gladiator style match. Hulk makes his return, remember he’s been missing since the events of the last Avengers movie which took place two years prior. After facing some difficulties, Thor bands together Hulk, Valkyrie and Loki and leaves Sakaar. We see Thor take on Hela’s forces with newly discovered abilities. What comes next is a staple of Marvel movies- amazing fighting sequences from our lead characters in a grand and dramatic ending to this film.

The films previous to Thor: Ragnarok were much different than what was delivered to fans this time around. Waititi saw the comedic potential within the character of Thor and wanted to show that side to fans. Before the film was released, this seemed like a risk because of how Thor and his supporting characters have always maintained a certain level of maturity compared to their other Marvel film counterparts. After watching the movie, fans should appreciate that they took these already strong characters and showed that they’re more than just warriors flinging their weapons around.

Although I ultimately enjoyed the final product, there is still one criticism. There are times that the cheesy jokes and slapstick humor take away from some of the serious themes in the film. Every once in a while, a character would make a joke as they found themselves in a situation that otherwise would seem to be more dire than an inconvenience.

Thor is currently in theaters so if you have not seen it yet I recommend you go buy your tickets while you still can. It is by far one of the funniest, most action-packed Marvel movie to date.

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