Thor: Ragnarok, Marvel Cinematic Universe’s seventeenth film and the third in its Thor series – after Thor (2011) and Thor: The Dark World – has got most critics’ nod of approval after the first two did not match the popularity of the other MCU superheroes.
With box office collections of $200 million each, they were by no means flops but they do pale in comparison to the other films of Marvel Cinematic Universe.
However, Thor: Ragnarok is expected to change all of that with its better-presented fight sequences, bigger digital effects, and sets on a far grander scale than its two predecessors, not to mention the much acclaimed comic element in the movie.
Following the events of the titular God of Thunder’s first two movies, Thor: Ragnarok sees Chris Hemsworth’s Thor held captive on the planet “Sakaar” sans his fearsome hammer, Mjolnir.
He has to somehow find a way to get back to Asgard to stop the all too powerful and merciless new villain, Hela, from unleashing Ragnarok – the total annihilation of the Asgard civilization. To be able to do that, he has to first vanquish an old friend and ally, the Incredible Hulk – a-rock-and-a-hard-place kind of dilemma for Thor.
The film is due for a U.S. release on November 3 having premiered in L.A on October 10.
The film has generally received a rather favorable review and is expected to do much better than the two forerunners.
Here’s how the critics see the film.
Rotten Tomatoes: Rotten Tomatoes has given the film an approval rating of 98% based on 49 reviews, with an average rating of 7.9/10.
“Exciting, funny, and above all fun, Thor: Ragnarok is a colorful cosmic adventure that sets a new standard for its franchise—and the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe,” is the website’s critical consensus.
Metacritic: According Metacritic’s rating, the film has scored 77 out of 100, based on 17 critics, indicating “generally favorable reviews”
The Hollywood Reporter: “With Taika Waititi at the helm, the clash-of-worlds CGI extravaganza blasts free of the previous installment’s leaden Dark World. Giant fire monsters in stygian underworlds notwithstanding, even the story’s central bad guys are silly fun, hammed to the hilt by Cate Blanchett and Jeff Goldblum.”
The Wrap: “Both the banter and the fighting, it should be noted, are excellent, so whether you go to superhero movies for the glossy escapism or the pulse-pounding action, you’ll get your large soda’s worth,” writes Alonso Duralde of The Wrap.
Variety: Peter Debruge of Variety says, rather ironically, “Thor: Ragnarok is easily the best of the three Thor movies – or maybe I just think so because its screenwriters and I finally seem to agree on one thing: The Thor movies are preposterous.”
Daily Telegraph: According to the Daily Telegraph, Thor: Ragnarok is one of the Marvel Studios’ “best films to date… funny, charming, dazzling [and] gorgeously designed.”
Empire: Empire has awarded the film four stars describing it as “a full-bore comedy using blockbuster spectacle as a backdrop for gags.”
The Guardian: Steve Rose of The Guardian says, “the most fleshed-out performance of Hulk we’ve yet had in this Marvel universe.”
Screen Daily: Screen Daily’s Tim Grierson gives his nod saying the movie is “a grinningly goofy comic-book movie that reverberates with boyish delight.”
Characters | Cast
- Thor (Chris Hemsworth)
- Hela (Cate Blanchett)
- Loki (Tom Hiddleston)
- Heimdall (Idris Elba)
- Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum)
- Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson)
- Skurge (Karl Urban)
- Bruce Banner | Hulk (Mark Ruffalo)
- Odin (Anthony Hopkins)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: Taika Waititi
Written By: Eric Pearson
Release Date: Nov 3, 2017 Wide
Runtime: 130 minutes
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures