Thor: Ragnarok is the 17th film in the spectacular franchise of Marvel Cinematic Universe and the 3rd installment in the Thor series. It is directed by actor turned director Taika Waititi, in this one also he is playing the character of Korg.
The film starts with Thor (Chris Hemsworth), while on the search of Infinity stones he learns about Loki’s (Tom Hiddleston) trick causing Odin’s (Anthony Hopkins) disappearance and the prophecy of Ragnarok which will cause the destruction of Asgard. As this is the 3rd film where all the characters had been already well established, without dragging the setup much, the series of events release the deadliest and all-powerful Hela (Cate Blanchett), the goddess of death from her imprisonment, claiming the throne of Asgard. The wrath of Hela defeats Thor and Loki and abandons them out into space to die, which throws them on the planet called Sakaar, the garbage planet run by the ruler Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum), where the imprisoned Thor must fight in a mortal gladiatorial match against the Hulk. Now with the help of Loki, Hulk, and Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), Thor without his mighty hammer Mjolnir must race against time to prevent the invasion of unconquerable Hela from destroying his home and the Asgardian civilization.
Thor: Ragnarok is the much-needed installment which is building the magnitude of the character of Thor the same way what Captain America: Winter Soldier (2014) did to the character of Captain America. All the characters stand out with fine performances. The best part of the film is where depth and character arc is given to the Hulk, where the Hulk is talking, putting his thoughts on the table, rather than just smashing things like a dumb monster, which was previously missing from the MCU films, and yes it is totally fun to watch. The elevated flavor of humor and comedy as compare to previous Thor films serves just right which makes audience alive throughout the runtime of the film along with stunning visual effects. The colorful and astonishing effects, the mind-blowing background score and songs will definitely make the audience remember Guardians of the Galaxy (2014 & 2017).
There are some tonal shifts which can feel abrupt but can be neglected on the higher grounds. The portrayal of the character of Hela by Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett is worth watching and rules every screen she’s in, but needed the much space and depth that is somewhat missing which makes her character feel shallow. Overall the stunning visual effects, preferably in IMAX, can alone be the motivation to watch it, along with a reason to witness the events which will ultimately lead to Avengers: Infinity War (2018).
Verdict : Great visual treat for the weekend for everyone. Worth watching it in 3D or preferably in IMAX 3D. MCU fans will anyhow watch it :p.
Rating : 3.8/5