“This was awesome, awesome, awesome!”
If you’ve been following this blog, you’ll know I’m a huge fan of Marvel films and especially those where Thor has the starring role. So it won’t come as any surprise that I absolutely loved Thor: Ragnarok and will be going to see it again tomorrow. Yep, it was that good. I could have just done a one-line review, or even one word – awesome! – but that wouldn’t really help anyone else to make up their mind whether they want to see it or not, so here are some of my thoughts.
First of all, the blurb (copied from www.imdb.com ):-
Imprisoned, the almighty Thor finds himself in a lethal gladiatorial contest against the Hulk, his former ally. Thor must fight for survival and race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela from destroying his home and the Asgardian civilization.
As I’ve said before, the thing I love most about the Marvel films is the humour. The characters are superheroes, but they don’t take themselves too seriously, and the banter in this particular film between Thor and the Incredible Hulk is wonderful. Hulk is supposed to be a big, thick brute, and you can almost see his thought processes in his expression, but he still manages some brilliant come-backs to Thor’s attempts to make himself seem better and stronger. You can also feel the genuine camaraderie between them and although they’re larger than life characters, they are also somehow very human.
My favourite characters in this particular movie, however, were the villains. Loki returns and is his usual smarmy, devious self and the actor Tom Hiddleston does this so well. Just the way he talks, in that delicious, superior upper-class kind of way, makes you shiver as you know he’s up to no good, even when he’s pretending to help. And the super-baddie of this story, Hela – a hitherto unknown older sister to Thor and Loki – is superb! She’s played by Cate Blanchett and she fairly oozed evil through every pore. Even the way she walks shows her enjoyment of being mean and badass, and when she smiles the malice glitters in her eyes. I loved her (even if I wanted Thor to kill her, obviously)!
Although this film was pretty much perfect, as far as I was concerned, there were a couple of minor niggles. First of all, the film’s title – Thor: Ragnarök (yes, the o should have two dots over it, or possibly a line depending on which Scandinavian language you’re using) – no one seemed capable of pronouncing the word Ragnarök, which is the key theme! It probably annoyed me more than it would most people because I’m half Swedish, but come on! If you’re going to use a Norse word as the underlying premise and title of your film, at least get the characters (who are supposed to be Norse gods) to pronounce it correctly! It is definitely not Rag-nah-rock, I can tell you that much.
And secondly – the first two Thor films set up this great big romance between Thor and the mortal Jane, a brilliant scientist, and there was an “aaahh” moment at the end of film two when he returns to her and they can finally be together. Ok, so maybe happy-ever-after doesn’t always work out, but in this film Thor very casually drops one line into the conversation, saying that he and Jane broke up. WTF? Why? How? What happened? This is a guy who literally moved mountains and realms to be with her, defying his father for the great love of his life? Sorry, but whoever wrote that into the script should be shot. I’m assuming Natalie Portman wasn’t available to play the love interest in this film – or they wanted Thor to fall for someone else (there are hints) – but still, could have been handled better.
Which brings me to my final gripe – the Valkyrie. Yep, that’s all we get – the poor girl isn’t given a name, even though she has quite a big role. Could they not come up with one? I know she’s supposed to be the only surviving Valkyrie, but she would still have had a name at some point, surely?
But apart from those things, this was awesome, awesome, awesome! And I can’t wait for the next instalment in the franchise, Black Panther.
Pia Fenton writes contemporary romantic YA stories and her Northbrooke High series features UK heroines clashing with US heroes in an American high school setting. The fourth one in the series – New England Dreams – is out now!