Tuesday, 31 October 2017

MPOV: Thor: Ragnarok

My rating: 3/5
IMDb rating: 8.2/10
Released: October 25, 2017
Director: Taika Waititi
Casts: Chris Hemsworth, Cate Blanchett, Tom Hiddlestone, Tessa Thompson
Category: A 2017 American superhero film

Two years after the Battle of Sokovia, Thor has been unsuccessfully searching for the Infinity Stones, and is now imprisoned by the fire demon Surtur. Surtur reveals that Thor's father Odin is no longer on Asgard, and that the realm will soon be destroyed in the prophesied Ragnarök, once Surtur unites his crown with the Eternal Flame that burns beneath the city. Thor defeats Surtur and claims his crown, believing he has prevented Ragnarök.

Thor returns to Asgard to find his adopted brother Loki posing as Odin. Thor forces Loki to help him find their father, and with directions from Stephen Strange on Earth they locate Odin in Norway. He explains that he is dying, and that his passing will allow his firstborn daughter Hela to escape from a prison she was sealed in long ago. Hela had been the leader of Asgard's armies, and had conquered the Nine Realms with Odin, but had been imprisoned and written out of history after her ambitions became too great. Odin dies, and Hela appears. She destroys Thor's hammer Mjolnir, and when Thor and Loki attempt to flee through the Bifröst Bridge, she pursues them and forces them out into space to die. Hela arrives in Asgard, destroys its army, resurrects the ancient dead who once fought with her, and appoints the downtrodden Asgardian Skurge as her executioner. She plans to use the Bifröst to expand Asgard's empire, but Heimdall steals the sword that controls the Bridge, and hides away with the rest of Asgard's citizens.

Thor crash-lands on the planet Sakaar, a garbage planet surrounded by wormholes. He is captured by a mercenary named Scrapper 142, and taken to serve as a gladiator for the planet's ruler, the Grandmaster, whom Loki has already become ingratiated with. Thor recognizes 142 as one of the Valkyrie, a legendary force of female fighters who were killed defending Asgard from Hela long ago. Thor is forced to compete in the Grandmaster's Contest of Champions, facing his old friend the Hulk. Thor almost defeats the Hulk, before the Grandmaster fixes the fight to ensure the Hulk's victory. Still enslaved, Thor attempts to convince Hulk and 142 to help him save Asgard, but neither is willing. He soon manages to escape the palace and find the Quinjet that brought the Hulk to Sakaar. The Hulk follows Thor to the Quinjet, where a recording of Natasha Romanoff makes the Hulk transform back into the human Bruce Banner for the first time since Sokovia.

The above taken from Wikipedia.

Overall, it's an entertaining movie with great casts and funny scripts. However, it doesn't 'rhyme' at times and a little overdoing had me at 'huh?'. Other than that, it was action-packed with slap-stick comedy which had us laughing most times. I don't recall watching any Marvel movies which had many funny elements as much as serious ones with us laughing as much!

A couple of Avengers' made a short appearance like Dr Strange and The Hulk but I just can't understand why they had to make Banner seemed so 'duh!'. Even Stan Lee made a cameo as a barber LOL! I'm amazed at Cate Blanchett's Hela! So regal and daunting, unbelievably refined as a Goddess of Death! Also Tessa Thompson's Scrapper 142 was so cool! Jeff Goldblum's Grandmaster reminded me of the swag Austin Powers LOL!

All in all, it's entertaining enough for me for a stress-free evening, enjoying Thor and Loki's acidic comments and mild bantering. Some sporadic humour made the movie lively amidst the dull setting! Do note there is a post credit scene ya midway.

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