Thor: A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Ragnarok (2017) (Review)

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Thor: Ragnarok follows an imprisoned Thor (Chris Hemsworth) as he must battle his way through a gladiatorial competition and Jeff Goldblum’s handsomeness in order to return to an Asgard on the brink of destruction courtesy of his long, lost sister Hela (Cate Blanchett). The film also stars Tom Hiddleston, Tessa Thompson, Mark Ruffalo, Idris Elba and Karl Urban and is directed by Taika Waititi (What We Do In The Shadows, Hunt For The Wilderpeople).

Captain Obvious PSA here: If you have a beautiful, bouncing baby in your possession, for the love of all that is holy please don’t bring it into a movie theatre auditorium. 

My Thoughts On The Characters And Story

Thor: Ragnarok is easily my favourite Thor film out of the current 3, if they somehow managed to include the Queen Natalie Portman (and actually give her something to work with) it could have possibly been my favourite comic book film of the year (I’m still torn between Logan and Wonder Woman on that front). Utilizing the natural charisma Chris Hemsworth has and allowing him to demonstrate it in Ragnarok was one of the best decisions Marvel could’ve made. While Thor has been more of the stern, stoic Avenger for the past few film installments, Ragnarok’s Thor is the embodiment of charm. Hemsworth works so unbelievably well with every single person in this film, it’s such a delight to witness. You can feel the joy of every actor when they appear on screen and when they’re having fun, you’re having fun. Unfortunately, this fun became a bit tedious at times. 

You’ve heard/read time and time again that Thor: Ragnarok is… fun! It’s a fun… fun ride, it’s a whole bunch of fun times at the movies and don’t get me wrong, it is. In terms of the humour component of it, I found myself chuckling at times when the dialogue was written effectively and the delivery was brilliant, however the one type of humour that I feel a bit of disdain for is when the prolongation of a joke occurs. By this, I mean a joke that is said and then the next 15 or 20 solid seconds are spent with the characters remaining in silence, looking around at each other and/or the room they’re in- I hate this shit. There are always exceptions to every rule so of course there are one or two examples in the film world where this is executed hysterically and it’s the funniest moment of the respective movie, in Ragnarok, certain humour components went on for so long it became eye-roll inducing at times. The entire cast is thankfully blessed with some wickedly smaht charisma so it wasn’t a torturous experience, however it definitely felt like everyone was anticipating the next ha ha! moment. 

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Tessa Thompson was the biggest standout for me besides Hemsworth. From the moment this powerful entity drunkenly staggered onto the screen (and that GLORIOUS Valkyrie flashback, oh my word) I was infatuated. I felt the strongest emotional connection with her and the other Queen of the screen, Cate mf’ing Blanchett. After learning about her through every one of  her expository moments, I sympathized with her. Odin (Sir Anthony Hopkins) was a jerk. She may have had violent tendencies in her youth, however she contributed to the formation of Asgard because she is a dominating force on the battlefield. Hate the player, do not. Hate the game. She can terrify the God of thunder and demolished Mjolner, a notion that is unheard of from any villain in the MCU thus far. While I would’ve liked to see more of her – preferably not monologuing her background – everything she did, I loved. 

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Is there ever a time when Mark Ruffalo isn’t an unbelievably endearing presence on screen? Ragnarok did a terrific job in making me hyped to see more Thor in the upcoming Infinity War because I really wasn’t a big Thor fan in the past. As Phase 4 (this is four, right?) slowly concludes, hopefully we see more of Thompson in the MCU future within Phase # Whatever-Phase-Marvel-Wants-To-Shoot. 

How Were The Other Aspects Of Thor: Ragnarok?

As someone who could listen to anything synth-related for the rest of my life, I cannot commend Ragnarok enough for its absolute killer soundtrack and score. Firstly, I consider using Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song” as kind of cheating because that song can make even the most mundane of activities seem remarkably epic but I digress, the utilization of this song is virtually perfect. There is also a “Pure Imagination” sequence that is… SO. GOOD.

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I avoided as many trailers as I could have for the film (except for that initial spectacular teaser trailer) and following my watch, granted myself the opportunity to check them all out. I’ve been listening to the following tune that was used in another trailer and it is an incredibly enjoyable experience watching these other worldly beloved characters having space battles while the pulsating synth booms in the background. 

The film’s aesthetic is gorgeous and offers a ton for the audience to feast their eyes on. The colourful garbage planet of Sakaar is run by Goldblum’s streak of glittery blue lipstick and is home to many interesting-looking characters who are probably descendants of the “Dink Dinks” from Spaceballs

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Thor: Ragnarok receives 3.5/5 Matt Damon heads.



Thor (2011)


Odin: Thor Odinson… you have betrayed the express command of your king. Through your arrogance and stupidity, you’ve opened these peaceful realms and innocent lives to the horror and desolation of war! You are unworthy of these realms, you’re unworthy of your title, you’re unworthy… of the loved ones you have betrayed! I now take from you your power! In the name of my father and his father before, I, Odin Allfather, cast you out!

Starring: Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Natalie Portman as Jane Foster, Idris Elba as Heimdall and Sir Anthony Hopkins as Odin, dir. Kenneth Branagh.

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Cinematographer: Haris Zambarloukos (Mamma Mia!, Locke, Cinderella)

The Huntsman: Winter’s War (2016) Movie Review


Chris Hemsworth, Jessica Chastain, Emily Blunt and Charlize Theron walk into a movie, the result of that? An incredibly sub par picture

The second unit director & visual effects supervisor of the first Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) movie, Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, helms this prequel/sequel to the surprising 2012 hit. I will say, this was a pretty looking movie and I firmly hold the belief that Chris Hemsworth can charm the milk out of chocolate… That’s pretty much all I can say for it. The performances of the aforementioned three ridiculously talented actresses are completely wasted in The Huntsman 2/1. Blunt, Theron and Chastain are some of the greatest working actresses today, with Jessica Chastain being one of my own personal favourites… I hate to say it but these performances were phoned in entirely and it is a shame that these four weren’t starring in a completely different movie because I think that would’ve been way better than what we got.

“Why are we in this?” “… I’m saving up for Lawless 2

As mentioned, it is a nice looking movie and I thoroughly enjoyed the Frozen-esque VFX aspect to it, frankly Elsa should’ve been freezing shit up as much as Freya was. Hemsworth and Chastain had tremendous chemistry together and I hope they work together in the future because I can’t imagine how fantastic they would be together in a movie that isn’t this one. Charlize Theron was fine but you can tell she is only this because she probably owed director Troyan a favour and Emily Blunt… Ooooooooh wee the Redmayne Ascending syndrome struck her.


It is not particularly engaging, it drones on quite a bit but I did appreciate the motivation behind Freya’s anger. It’s really stupid but I appreciate it. Also I’m certain I wasn’t the only one that saw the final outcome between the sisters coming from a mile away, right? There are dwarves too that served as comic relief and they made me laugh a few times. It really is an incredibly underwhelming movie and one of those movies where you will catch the tail end of it when it’s on the Space channel or something.

If you’re looking for a ridiculously entertaining take on the fantasy genre, this probably isn’t the movie for you. If you’re a fan of the original Snow White and the Huntsman and want to see Chris Hemsworth be charismatic and charming (and really, who doesn’t?), check out The Huntsman: War on Mirrors.

The Huntsman receives 2.5/5 Matt Damon heads