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Thor: Ragnarok revolves around Thor (Chris Hemsworth) who is exiled from Asgard after Hela (Cate Blanchett), the goddess of death, comes to conquer Asgard. Thor recruits help from his brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston), Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), and the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) to stop this villain from taking over his homeland.

I have been excited for Thor Ragnarok ever since Taika Waititi was announced as the director of the film. This is by far the best of the Thor films and is the funniest Marvel movie (at least in my opinion).

Every main character in this movie gets a chance to shine. It is so refreshing to see a new side of Thor who has a newfound, awesome sense of humor. The Hulk is totally awesome too as is his counterpart, Bruce Banner. Every scene with him was really fun. Tom Hiddleston returns and delivers the Loki we all know and love. Valkyrie is a welcome newcomer and total badass. The Grand Master (Jeff Goldblum) is basically just Jeff Goldblum and he is hilarious. Heimdall (Idris Elba) returns and is given more to do here than the previous Thor films. But I think my favorite character out of the bunch is Korg, played by Taika Waititi himself, who is so funny and really cute. Lastly, Hela is intimating and scary villain, which is a refresher because I never really felt that way about any of the past Marvel villains.

This movie is hilarious like I said. I think it’s funnier than the first Guardians of the Galaxy and it’s not a forced sense of humor that I got from the second Avengers film, it’s organic and unique. Honestly, I strongly recommend seeing this movie in a big crowd because you get the chance to really enjoy yourself and share some laughs with the moviegoers around you.

As for negatives, I believe that the beginning of the film moves very quickly and is choppy. Once we arrive at the planet, Sakaar though, the pacing is pretty perfect. I also noticed, again in the beginning, that the CGI and green screen effects were not all that great. And even though I believe that Hela is one of the better Marvel villains, she still is generic in some ways and I wish we could have gotten some more depth with her.

The director, Taika Waititi, has a unique sense of humor and I know that may not work for everybody. His sense of humor is apparent in his past films that I reviewed – What We Do in the Shadows and Hunt for the Wilderpeople. But I am sure that it may be jarring for some to see Thor, who before was depicted somewhat more seriously, suddenly has this newfound personality and funniness. The tone of Thor Ragnarok is a complete departure from the previous two Thor films so if you were to watch all three Thor films, this one would not fit the other two’s mold. Ragnarok feels more like a standalone Thor film that doesn’t depend on other Marvel movies except maybe Avengers: Age of Ultron.

But this was such a fun time at the movies, I enjoyed myself immensely, and I want to go see this film a bunch more times. As of now, Thor Ragnarok is in my top 5 Marvel movies. I give this film a B+

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