Directed by: Taika Waititi | Produced by: Kevin Feige | Screenplay by: Eric Pearson | Story by: Craig Kyle, Christopher Yost, Eric Pearson | Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Mark Ruffalo, Karl Urban, Idris Elba, Anthony Hopkins | Music by: Mark Mothersbaugh | Cinematography: Javier Aguirresarobe | Edited by: Joel Negron, Zene Baker | Production Company: Marvel Studios | Distributed by: Walt Disney Studios, Motion Pictures | Official Website
Marvel has begun their cinematic universe since the release of Iron Man (2008) and keeps on collecting our money by their decent CGI and star-studded superhero themes. The same formula has been repeating on their superhero themes, but their gigantic plan of making their universe expanded until more than a decade is ambitious, and risky because it can make their audience boring with the same formula. However, since Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) released and stole our heart with their fun and stellar mix of soundtracks, it seemed that Marvel finds out a new way to set their feature movies free from boredom.
Then comes Thor: Ragnarok, which according to many Marvel fans, would end everything and kill everyone. Well, this doesn’t make sense since Marvel still has to release Avengers: Infinity War on 2018 and 2019 and it’s hard to imagine what those two movies would look like without our charming and bodybuilder-look-alike Lord of Thunder, Thor. Thor has a very impeccable charm during his previous solo movie Thor (2011) and Thor: The Dark World (2013) and being one of the most influential member of The Avengers. Since it’s almost impossible to kill Thor now, then I think that this Ragnarok would mean another thing, and keep my fingers crossed that it would be a nice thing.
On his first appearance on this movie, our beloved Lord of Thunder (still played by Chris Hemsworth) is detained, chained and hanged in a big deserted hell, by a big monster wearing a big crown and adopting a big dragon as pet. That big monster, called Surtur, then talks about the Ragnarok he would cause to Asgard, Thor’s homeland. Thor then fights Surtur, after mocks his big crown as big eyebrows, and brings his crown to Asgard. On Asgard, he encounters his father Odin (Anthony Hopkins), who turns out to be camouflaged by his brother God of Mischief Loki (Tom Hiddleston). It seems that Marvel wants to make Thor and Loki bitter sibling rivalry looks like Liam and Noel Gallagher on Norse Mythology.
On their way to find Odin, they meet *ehem spoiler* Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), who reveals that Odin is in Norway. Upon their encounter with Odin, Odin dies, and his death released his first born, Hela (Cate Blanchett) from captive. Hela, the Goddess of Death whose make up looks like smokey eyes that brought to sleep and her majestic antler headpiece that would absolutely steal everyone’s attention if you wear it on Halloween, breaks Mjolnir to pieces easily. She then sends Thor and Loki to deserted planet of Sakaar, where Thor is made a gladiator where he should fights the Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum)’s champion, Hulk aka Bruce Banner in failed anger management (Mark Ruffalo). On Sakaar too, Thor meets the drunken Scrapper 142 (Tessa Thompson), who is actually the only Valkyrie left alive.
Meanwhile, Hela seems to be a busy goddess explaining her victorious days fighting alongside Odin to her new minion Skurge (Karl Urban). After her mesmerizing battle against Asgard’s troops, somehow steal my heart away and for one moment reminds us on how terrifying she is, she still needs the Sword of Bifrost to open the gate for her conquest on other realms. The Sword of Bifrost, by the way, has been stolen by Heimdall (Idris Elba), who is now evacuating every Asgardian to hidden fortress behind the mountain.
Okay. So let’s catch it all up. This is another story of family conflict sets in Norse Mythology on who should ascend the throne after Odin’s death. And just like other mythologies, there is one god stronger than other god and in this case, Hela looks like she is absolutely stronger than any of Thor or Loki. Cate Blanchett again, always looks charming as hell, and even her standing doing nothing is terrifying as well. However, this movie has a lot of things and too many characters to be covered up so she doesn’t have enough screentime to be one of the most charming yet terrifying Marvel villain. Loki might be charming, but he looks like a little child compared to Hela.
In the end, the Ragnarok is not like we already imagined before. No one gets killed, besides Odin, and nothing makes me happier than listening to Led Zeppelin in the middle of Marvel movie.