Thor is trapped in the alien planet Sakaar after being imprisoned by the fire demon Surtur. However, he gains some unexpected allies along the way and will need to fight his ways out to stop the impending Ragnarok. Will he be able to do so in time?
Thor Ragnarok, finally the movie that Thor deserves, along with a bevy of characters who have also been given the due care in this film. Storywise, this film is actually based off of the Ragnarok and planet hulk storylines which were wholly unrelated in the comics. Here they do an admirable job of piecing everything together and making it all work but it still felt like in terms of tone and subject matter that there were 2 very different stories going on. Nevertheless, it is a very fun movie to watch all the way through and the comedy here had me laughing out loud at several moments. I did feel like it leaned a bit too heavily into the comedic tone so the whole event of Ragnarok wasn’t given enough emotional weight as it should have been.
In terms of characters, there’s actually a huge cast here. Chris Hemsworth is once again great as Thor and very easy on the eyes but his character really does not really have much to do emotionally. He just really does not grow all that much I feel which is a bit disappointing seeing as how he is the protagonist. In a sense, it is a bit like a mad max story where the most interesting characters are the ones he meets on his journey. The most interesting characters are actually Hulk, Loki, and Valkyrie. Loki got a nice character arc albeit a bit rushed and I really wanted more from Valkyrie simply because she’s such a badass. They went in a very interesting direction with Hulk and I felt like it was a long time coming.
Also, the soundtrack was pretty interesting, some very…retro video game tracks and of course loving the song used in the trailer, Immigrant Song by Led Zeppelin. Ultimately, this is definitely above average for a Marvel film but I don’t feel like it has that special “oomph” to make it one of the best Marvel films. But it certainly is one of the most fun Marvel films to watch.