When I first saw the trailer for the third installment in Marvel’s Thor saga, I had hope. The previous two movies were fine, but this one looked different. It looked more like an adventure film with elements of Guardians of the Galaxy than a film about the fictional God of Thunder fighting against his brother, Loki, once again. My assumptions about the possibility of an incredible Thor movie were mostly wrong.
In the third Thor movie, we see more of Asgard and its surrounding worlds than ever before. It follows Thor as he tries to prevent Ragnarok, also known as the Asgardian end of times all while the Goddess of Death, Hela breaks free of her chains to take over Thor’s world after he is taken captive on the planet Sakaar, where he reunites with a long lost friend.
While I thought this movie had its good points, I felt overall that the movie was a bit of a dud. It tried so hard to capitalize on the successful comedy of the aforementioned Guardians of the Galaxy, but a majority of the jokes fell flat. However, director Taika Waititi’s motion capture performance of Korg, a fellow Sakaar gladiator was a bright spot here that made light of the movie’s attempt to be funny.
On a positive note, the primary antagonist of this film may be one of my favorites in the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Hela. The Goddess of Death was played excellently by Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett. She stands apart with an incredible portrayal of one of Marvel’s most powerful villains, who I genuinely thought could win the battle at the end of the day.
The story itself failed to create a cohesive narrative. It felt at time like Hela’s storyline was a completely separate film from the comedic space opera taking place on the junk planet Sakaar. Both sides had their advantages and disadvantages, but ultimately I found Hela’s story far more interesting. I believe she could carry her own film if they ever decided to create an origin story for the villain.
Another strong performance here comes from Jeff Goldblum as the Grandmaster, the lord of Sakaar who runs the fighting pits and the arena. He steals every single scene he is in and verbally goes head to head with Tom Hiddleston’s Loki, the God of Mischief and Marvel’s resident baddie.
In conclusion, this film had its fun moments but definitely had parts where it could have improved. I feel that it could be the last in Thor’s saga, but I would be open to a fourth movie if it went more in the direction that the Avengers took Thor’s character with subtle comedy and a lot of action.
Oh, and let’s try out that female Thor like Marvel did in the comics. I suggest Evan Rachel Wood.
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