The list of things we loved about Thor: Ragnarok could have been much longer than just a Top 5!
With Thor: Ragnarok now released pretty much everywhere except America, viewers are flooding into cinemas to see the latest instalment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The film takes a fresh look at Thor, expanding his horizons far beyond the Nine Realms, and opening the opportunity for him to star in other cosmic based movies, such as Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3.
But without further ado, here are the top 5 things we loved about Thor: Ragnarok. And an obvious SPOILER ALERT is in order.
5. Cool Cameos
You probably know Dr. Strange turns up in the movie (his involvement is very over-hyped in my opinion, sorry.) Yes, having Buttercup Cumbersnatch (that was deliberate, don’t stress) is cool and all, but that’s not why this has made the list.
Having Matt Damon play Loki whilst Loki watches, pretending to be Odin, for example. And of course, who can forget Luke Hemsworth (Real Thor’s brother) also acting as Thor. Sam Neill also jumps in as Odin for a brief time. (If you’ve seen the movie this will all make perfect sense.)
Stan Lee’s cameo was glorious as ever, might I add, acting as Thor’s barber.
4. Superb Soundtrack
With the opening fight scene blessed with the voices of Led Zeppelin, that really should tell you all you need to know. I was sceptical as to how well it would integrate into Ragnarok, but it actually worked extremely well. And with the rest of the soundtrack composed by Mark Mothersbaugh (21 Jump Street, The Lego Movie, Pitch Perfect 2,) what isn’t to love?
In addition, paying tribute to its predecessor (whether it deserves it or not is up to you), a piece from Thor: The Dark World composed by Bryan Tyler makes an appearance towards the very end.
3. The Greatest Gladiator Match In The History Of The World(s)
Thor: Ragnarok did what Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice could only dream of doing. Pitting the two strongest Avengers against each other is something fans have wanted to see since forever, and this film doesn’t disappoint.
Thor has been the underdog of this debate since it first began. Maybe it was because it is his film; maybe it’s because he has now unlocked his true potential power levels. But whatever it is, the outcome is in Thor’s favour… Until Grandmaster intervened that is.
Everything was to love, from the weapons used, to Thor’s helmet (another thing fans wanted to see after it was first teased in Thor 2011), to the spectacular one-liner of “he’s a friend from work!”
2. The Strongest Avenger
Everything surrounding this concept was incredibly awesome. There is no other way to explain it. Everything from the Odin flashbacks to the beat of the drum, to “the biggest lightning bolt in the history of lightning bolts,” had everyone in my sold-out session on the edge of their seats.
And then, of course, there was the epic camera sweep of Thor easily dismantling enemies along the Bifrost, whilst laced in lightning. We can only hope Thor’s power levels will continue to grow over the course of Infinity Wars and it’s untitled sequel. He’ll need everything he’s got going up against Thanos.
1. Hilarious Humour
Thor and Loki’s brotherly banter. A drunk Valkyrie. A Hulk that behaved like a child with a temper tantrum. Even Mjolnir had some time in the spotlight before… well, you’ve seen the trailer.
This film is hilarious and takes every opportunity to crack a joke. However, it feels natural and unforced.
Ragnarok is also serious when it needs to be, and even dark in some scenes. But each and every character has time to shine in regards to humour. So, if you found any of the trailers funny, even remotely so, you haven’t seen anything yet.
There you have it. Does your list match up? Also, no I’m not apologising for the alliterative techniques in my listing, as terrible as they were.
For those of you weird folks who read this spoiler-filled article before you’ve seen the movie, here are the Top Four Things You Need to Know before heading to the cinema. And for a full review, click here.