Film review: Thor: Ragnarok


Brace yourself as the new Thor: Ragnarok movie is very different from anything you have seen before. Think The Avengers meets Guardians of the Galaxy, but bolder, funnier and more parodic. Thor-some! It’s more for kids than any previous Thor film and will appeal to new audiences thanks to the comedic factor. 


Mums will love to see Chris Hemsworth’s big muscles flying on the big screen as well as Britain’s beloved star Tom Hiddleston reprising his role as Thor’s nasty but now wittier brother Loki. Thor: Ragnarok has an all-star cast including Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Mark Ruffalo and Anthony Hopkins.



The story

In Marvel Studios’  Thor: Ragnarok, 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, his ruthless sister Hela, the Goddess of Death.

But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger — the Incredible Hulk!



The trailer



The verdict


This is me posing like Thor while giving my verdict!

Thor: Ragnarok is light- hearted, full of humour – literally a laugh a minute! – it’s satirical towards the whole Thor Universe and even the Avengers. Thor makes jokes about putting together a team to defeat his evil sister and calls them the Revengers.



This Thor movie is my favourite so far because it is an easy watch, pure escapism!



I sense that with Thor: Ragnarok Disney wants to connect the entire Marvel Universe and go mainstream to attract as many audiences as possible including young kids.

Thor looses his hammer, an eye , his planet but he still comes out as a laughing winning with his mischievous brother Loki at his side and a whole new group of funny characters including a rocky monster that resembles the Rock from the Fantastic 4. The Asgar population led by Thor and his Revengers flying away on a rocket ship at the end looks like a dis-functional family than a bunch of superheroes.


Needless to say that the fight between Thor and Hulk, his ‘friend from work’ is a fun scene to watch. Humour is now at the core of the Marvel Universe and what’s making these movies more appealing to a wider audience. I personally prefer this Thor to the darker first ones. At times Thor: Ragnarok is almost a spoof of all other Thor movies. For this reason it is safe for children from 8+ to watch.


London Mums’ Rating: 7/10


Thor: Ragnarok lands (from Asgard) in UK cinemas on 24 October 2017.


Thor Facts

My son learnt about Thor at school when he studied the Vikings. He carries the famous hammer – wielding God from the Norse mythology. Many Vikings wore hammer-shaped amulet and pendants. His hammer is called Mjolnir. This is not the only weapon Thor relies upon in the Marvel Comics. His enchanted Belt of Strength is also essential as it enhances his strength to almost double. In Norse mythology, these two items are accompanied by magical, iron gloves that allow him to wield Mjolnir.

His name comes from the word thunder and gives the name to Thursday. He is an Aesir warrior God – often depicted with fierce eyes and red hair – and is the son of the ruler of the Gods, Odin. He is associated with lightning, storms and strength, as well as healing and law and order. He loves fighting with his heavy hammer. In the Marvel Universe he is a superhero and fights with the Avengers.

Created by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber and Jack Kirby, Thor made his first appearance in the Marvel comics in August 1962 in the issue of Journey into Mystery and was based on the Viking God of thunder and protector of the Earth. In a few years his popularity rose to the point that Marvel had to create a comic-book series called The Mighty Thor.

According to Norse mythology (also referred to in the Marvel Comics), Thor and the other Gods of Asgard gained their immortality from eating the magical Golden Apples of Idunn, which grow in Asgard and can only be picked by the goddess Idunn. He has to periodically return to Asgard in order to renew his immortality.

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