Craggus’ Countdown To Infinity: Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

Driven by recurring dreams of the destruction of Asgard, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) allows himself to be captured by fire demon Surtur in order to pre-empt and prevent Ragnarok. Returning to Asgard, Thor forces Loki (Tom Hiddleston) to reveal himself and confess to where Odin (Anthony Hopkins) is being held. But Odin’s absence has and Loki’s lack of attention to his duties has allowed the nine realms to fall to chaos and released Hela (Cate Blanchett), Odin’s firstborn, from her prison. When an attempt to return to Asgard fails, Loki and Thor find themselves cast across the galaxy, landing on the planet Sakaar where an old friend is waiting for them.

Those who claim that Marvel only produce cookie-cutter movies, forcing directors to follow a strict template need only look to the Thor trilogy. Each instalment of the Son of Odin’s adventures have the distinct flavour of their director’s visions: “Thor” has Branagh’s grand Shakespearian theatricality, “The Dark World” is steeped in Alan Taylor’s “Game Of Thrones” experience but neither of them can hold an idiosyncratic candle to Taika Waititi’s “Ragnarok”. Given licence by James Gunn’s whacky one-two with “Guardians Of The Galaxy”, “Thor: Ragnarok” confirms that cosmic is where the fun is in the Marvel Universe.

Here’s what I thought in my original review: Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Review

Thor mentions them in passing, but only to update us, the audience, that he went looking for them and found nothing.

Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson)

Stan Lee is barber to the stars of Sakaar, ensuring Thor is shorn of his golden locks. Luke Hemsworth, Sam Neill and Matt Damon appear as Thor, Odin and Loki (Faux-ki?) in a special edition of ‘Asgard’s Got Talent’. Perennial Waititi collaborator Rachel House appears as The Collector’s militant advisor and finally Doctor Strange agrees to help Thor find Odin as long as he keeps Loki under control.

A direct prelude to “Avengers: Infinity War” awaits us mid-credits as Loki visits Thor to ask whether going to Earth is a good idea just as an enormous spaceship looms over the Asgardian refugee ship. Of course, such a sparkling film couldn’t end on such an ominous note so there’s a post-credit sting with The Grandmaster attempting to placate the Sakaarians by declaring the revolution a draw.

In addition to playing Korg, director Taika Waititi also performed motion capture for the character of Sutur and one of the three heads of the alien Haju.

 8/10 

  1. Avengers Assemble
  2. Guardians Of The Galaxy
  3. Iron Man
  4. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  5. Avengers: Age Of Ultron
  6. Captain America: The First Avenger
  7. Thor: Ragnarok
  8. Captain America: Civil War
  9. Spiderman: Homecoming
  10. Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2
  11. Iron Man 2
  12. Iron Man 3
  13. Ant-Man
  14. Doctor Strange
  15. Thor: The Dark World
  16. Thor
  17. The Incredible Hulk

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