By Sydney Lewis
Thor:Ragnarok ends the Thor trilogy on a distinct high note. After being imprisoned on the wrong side of the universe, the titular Norse God, Thor (played by Chris Hemsworth), is forced to engage in a deadly gladiatorial contest against some dangerous–and at times familiar–foes. Thor’s journey of survival places him in a race against time to stop his all-powerful sister Hela, goddess of death, from shattering his homeland and the population of the Asgardian civilization.
The film effectively tackles heavier topics than in previous installments, ultimately culminating in a satisfying answer for what a home truly is. Furthermore, after the destruction of Thor’s trademark weapon, mjolnir, Thor is forced to look internally to learn who he is and where his true power lies. As Odin says, “What are you, Thor, god of hammers?”
From start to finish, the movie included a great comedic rhythm, providing a solid foundation for the actors to build upon. Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, and Tessa Thompson worked well off of one another, delivering the laughs on a regular basis, while still seamlessly weaving in a serious narrative. Even the famous Jeff Goldblum had his quintessential one-liners humoring the crowd.
On the downside, while the film has amazing comedy as the backbone, the usage of the humor is a little overwhelming at times. Though the humor never quite reaches the over-the-top levels of the first two installments, a handful of interactions do come close, as they act as more filler than meaningful story/character development. Additionally, the film falls back into a played out trope of revealing Odin kept yet another secret from his sons.
Thor:Ragnarok is a thrilling adventure that, while flawed, brings a much needed breath of life to the Thor series. The acting is mixed perfectly, the fighting sequences are wonderfully choreographed, and the color scheme and set design fill the adventure with a vibrancy that keeps audiences’ eyes glued to the screen. With Avengers: Infinity War hitting theaters on May 4, 2018, fans will be eagerly awaiting the next opportunity to take a ride in this striking universe.