I was reluctant to see Taika Waititi’s “Thor: Ragnarok” after seeing Alan Taylor’s depiction of “Thor: The Dark World”-- what a disappointment. Usually, if the sequel is poor, any subsequent movie produced is even worse, especially in the Marvel Universe. Just take “Iron Man” as an example.
However, “Thor: Ragnarok” was different and should not be judged by its movie predecessors. Waititi’s use of comedic dialogue among the characters kept the viewers laughing, even when Thor, played by Chris Hemsworth, is facing life-threatening situations. With the combination of both action and comedy, viewers are entertained by the intense plot that is lightened by sarcastic quips.
I especially enjoyed the new female roles introduced to the male-dominated Marvel Industry. Hela, played by Cate Blanchett, is persistent and powerful and, similar to Thor in that she, too, is a God. Besides Blanchett’s dynamic interpretation of her character, Hela also develops the plot line of the Thor movies. The movie provides an intriguing backstory that clearly outlines Hela’s intentions and justify her need to become the queen of Asgard, which, in turn, complicates and enriches Thor’s storyline.
Assisting Thor in redeeming Asgard from Hela is Valkyrie, played by Tessa Thompson. As another female character introduced to the Marvel Universe, Valkyrie plays a key role in establishing the history of Asgard and adds to the detailed background of Thor’s family. Although first introduced as a character with poor morals, viewers later see her strong leadership as she assists Thor in defeating several antagonists.
(above) Valkyrie (left), played by Tessa Thompson, converses with Thor (not shown) regarding the state of Asgard after Hela, played by Cate Blanchett has taken over the planet.
Characters from other Marvel movies, including Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays Doctor Strange and Mark Ruffalo, who plays The Hulk, also are featured. Both Cumberbatch and Ruffalo not only contribute to the action but they also add comedic relief.
Overall, Waititi used a different, fresher perspective in the development of this Thor storyline. Thor patching his troubled past before carrying on with his future laid the foundation for possibly another Thor movie and adds to the anticipation for the next Avengers movie.