The most entertaining Thor movie yet. I almost thought it was a comedy there were so many funny moments written into this blockbuster, we laughed throughout, and at the same time it is top notch science fiction
In Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok,” Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok—the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization—at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela. But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger—the Incredible Hulk!
Chris Hemsworth (“Rush,” “In the Heart of the Sea”) returns to the tle role of the hammer-wielding hero of Asgard. He is joined by Golden Globe® winner Tom Hiddleston (“The Night Manager,” “Kong: Skull Island”) as Thor’s duplicitous adopted brother, Loki; two- me Oscar® winner Cate Blanchett (“Blue Jasmine,” “Carol”) as the villainous Hela; Emmy® nominee and Golden Globe winner Idris Elba (“Luther,” “Paciﬁc Rim”) as the Asgardian sentry, Heimdall; Jeﬀ Goldblum (“Jurassic Park,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel”) as the eccentric dictator, Grandmaster, ruler of Sakaar; Tessa Thompson (“Creed,” “Selma”) as the ﬁerce warrior, Valkyrie; Karl Urban (“Star Trek” trilogy, “The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King”) as Skurge, one of Asgard’s strongest warriors; three-time Oscar nominee Mark Ruﬀalo (“Spotlight,” “The Kids Are All Right”), reprising his role of Bruce Banner/The Hulk from “The Avengers” and “The Avengers: Age of Ultron”; and Academy Award® winner Anthony Hopkins (“The Silence of the Lambs,” “Nixon” ) again portraying Odin, King of Asgard.
“Thor: Ragnarok,” the third installment of Marvel’s popular Norse Super Hero, is directed by Oscar®-nominated ﬁlmmaker Taika Waititi from a screenplay by Eric Pearson and Craig Kyle & Christopher L. Yost. Kevin Feige produces and is joined by executive producers Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Brad Winderbaum, Thomas M. Hammel and Stan Lee.
Early in the movie we see Thor return to Asgard only to find his father, Odin, watching a play about Thor and Loki. The play is clearly an homage to Loki himself (which is a clue as to who really is King of Asgard these days), and Matt Damon playing Loki had me in stitches.
Benedict Cumberbatch has a cameo as Doctor Strange He appears early on in the movie to help guide our characters. Another of my favorites, I am also a fan of the various crossovers in the Marvel Universe.
Five Outstanding Cast Members:
Cate Blanchett as Hela is incredible. She was born to play this villainous role. Also important is her backstory which fills in some history from the early days of Asgard and we find out the truth behind one of our favorite characters, and what he did to ascend to power. Pure magnificence!
Tessa Thompson was a Valkyrie. She was fantastic as the last of her kind, I hope we see more of this story line in future movie, I find it fascinating!
Oh Loki, you impish, untrustworthy brother. He is always a troublemaker, and sometimes comes through in the end. You’ll have to see which position he takes in the film when you see it in the theater this weekend! I met Tom Hiddleston for Thor: Dark World and found him to be the opposite of his character, which shows what a terrific actor he is. He could not have been a nicer guy at the blogger interviews!
Idris Elba, reprising his role as Heimdall, played a crucial role in this movie and had a bigger part than usual, some great scenes!
Last but not least, Thor. Chris Hemsworth was funnier than ever in this third installment. And I am prejudiced because he is a hunk.
And the comedy foil for Thor, on planet Sakaar, is played by Director Taika Waititi “So, when we started developing the character of Korg, I started thinking maybe there’s an angle there,” Waititi elaborates on his choice of featured role in the ﬁlm. “That seemed like a character that I could play around with while gettng to do some stuﬀ with Chris Hemsworth. I was an actor before I was a ﬁlmmaker. So, I till enjoy that part of it.” I just loved listening to a funny rock creature with a New Zealand accent!
Lastly, Stan Lee’s appearance, mandatory in every Marvel movie, does not disappoint. His cameos have become legendary, and I look forward to his appearances, they are always hilarious!
THOR OPENS THIS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3RD!
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