“WHOSOEVER HOLDS THIS HAMMER, IF HE BE WORTHY, SHALL POSSESS THE POWER OF THOR“
Hungry, riotously, impetuosity, wild, and happy: this movie is like a predator that was set free from its chains after a long time: THOR RAGNAROK.
THE THIRD ADVENTURE
Accompanied by stunning pictures, spectacular action and a lot of humor, Chris Hemsworth thunders once more as the likeable titan Thor through his third adventure.
At his side are Golden Globe® winner Idris Elba as the ally Heimdallr, and Oscar® Award winner Anthony Hopkins as Thor’s father Odin.
Once more, public favorite Tom Hiddleston plays Thor’s brother Loki.
THE NEW CHARACTERS
In the role of the sinister Hela, the beautiful Oscar® winner Cate Blanchett keeps the universe on tenterhooks. Furthermore, Jeff Goldblum, New Zealand’s Hollywood export Karl Urban and the newcomer Tessa Thompson give their impressive MARVEL debut in THOR RAGNAROK.
A further special highlight is the crossover with the Avengers-member and muscleman Hulk. Once more, Hollywood star Mark Ruffalo represents the greed guy impressively.
The Oscar® nominee Taika Waititi directed the movie. As in other movies, he plays also a role in THOR RAGNAROK as the likeable gladiator Korg.
RAGNAROK – WHAT’S THIS?
THOR RAGNAROK deals with an interesting Norse legend. Ragnarok, also Ragnarök, is an important event in the Norse mythology that is comparable with the Armageddon. But, in contrast to the Christian finality, it doesn’t mean the end of the world, but also its rebirth.
The legend is about the twilight of the gods. A battle, foretold to result in the death of the leading gods like Odin, Thor, Loki, Heimdallr, Freyr, and others.
Thereby, Surtr is a major enemy during that war. The Jötunn carries his bright flaming sword. The flames and fire that he brings with engulf the Earth. That, as well as some following natural disasters, will cause the submersion of the world in water.
Afterwards, the Earth will resurface anew, fertile, and beautiful. The surviving gods will join together, while two human survivors will repopulate the world.
THOR RAGNAROK – THE CHARACTERS AND STORY
THOR (CHRIS HEMSWORTH)
In THOR RAGNAROK, the imprisoned god of thunder finds himself in a race against time to stop the destruction of his home world and the end of Asgardian civilization.
But without his mighty hammer Mjölnir, it seems almost impossible to reach and protect Asgard right in time. Therefore, he needs help from friends. But how should he find them?
ODIN (ANTHONY HOPKINS)
The godfather was disempowered, dethroned and banished by his cunning adopted son Loki. Therefore, Odin is weak and will die soon. He is waiting for his end in his exile Norway. But his dead gives his first daughter Hela the chance to return to the world. Therefore, Thor must find his father, before Hela can fulfil her devastating destiny.
HELA (CATE BLANCHETT)
While Thor tries to find a way under time pressure, his powerful and merciless sister Hela escapes from her prison after thousands of years of captivity. Hela is a creature from a dark, long forgotten era of the universe. She has powers that are unparalleled in the nine kingdoms. The dark goddess can unleash unlimited weapons in an astonishing and deadly way. Hela returns to get revenge on those who once pushed them. Supported by a mysterious and cruel army, the ruthless goddess threatens to initiate Ragnarok, the feared Götterdämmerung.
THE GRANDMASTER (JEFF GOLDBLUM)
Thor tries everything to return home to prevent the disaster. But, first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest on the planet Sakaar. The exuberant Grandmaster controls these incredible fights. There, Thor and other powerful creatures from all corners of the universe have to fight against each other in a spectacular way and with fatal outcome for the losers. The Grandmaster also rules the planet, which is something like a landfill of the entire universe.
VALKYRIE (TESSA THOMPSON)
Here, the cute but insidious bounty hunter named Scrapper 142 catches Thor. She seeks always something which she could recycle or sell. So, she brings Thor to the Grandmaster to get a bounty from him. But Thor recognizes her as a Valkyrie. That legendary force of female warriors was killed from Hela, when they tried to defend Asgard a long time ago. Because of this, the tough Valkyrie isn’t very interested to help Thor and to fight against his dark sister again.
“OF COURSE, IT WAS LOKI. IT’S ALWAYS LOKI.” (TOM HIDDLESTON)
Thor must recognize that his treacherous adoptive brother Loki is on the same planet. He reached Sakaar long time before. Meanwhile, Loki has a good relationship with the Grandmaster. Of course, Loki slanders and cheats Thor whenever he can. But, will he finally help his brother to protect Asgard?
THE HULK (MARK RUFFALO)
Thor competes in the Grandmaster’s “Contest of Champions”. During one of these duels, he meets the Ex-Avenger and his former comrades Hulk. The green giant was last seen when he launched into space after the battle of Sokovia. On board of the Quinjets and controlled by the autopilot, he flew to an unknown destination. Since then, he had disappeared without a trace.
Meanwhile, Hulk is the most popular and successful fighter on Sakaar. He enjoys his popularity. Bruce Banner is weak. Thus, the Hulk wants to keep control of his character. Without doubt, to return to Bruce’s body would also mean to return to earth and his previous life. Hence, even Hulk isn’t interested to help his old friend.
HEIMDALLR (IDRIS ELBA)
However, Thor isn’t completely alone. Heimdallr, is the greatest warrior of Asgard. He has the ability to see in even the remotest corner of the universe at any point in time. Of course, he recognizes Thor’s call for help. But, the wild and fearless hero must safeguard his home and its inhabitants from Hela and her diabolic plans. With his incredible massive broadsword, he leads them to a secret place.
SKURGE (Karl Urban)
As though it was not enough, Skurge isn’t sure, where and who he belongs to. He’s a soldier from Asgard, who is obsessed with armor and weapons that come from other worlds. Hence, Skurge has compiled a stately collection of exotic and incredible weapons from the nine kingdoms. Now, in a time of struggle in Asgard, Skurge must find his way. If he wants to help Asgard, he must use his amazing arsenal of weapons to ensure the survival of his country.
THE DVD / BLU-RAY
The quality of the DVD/Blu-Ray is brilliant. Besides the movie itself, the discs include many bonus features.
So, you could learn more about “The Evolution of Heroes” of the Marvel universe. Furthermore, the team Darryl gets an update with the new roommate The Grandmaster. Also, very funny are the deleted scenes as well as the Gag Reel. All in all, the DVD shouldn’t be missed in any action and – of course – Marvel film collection.
BY THOR’S HAMMER – OUR CONCLUSION
It seems, that MARVEL set the bar higher with every new movie.
THOR RAGNAROK lets you forget the reality for almost two hours. It’s an action firework that leads you into a colorful universe, full of adventures, and fun.
Besides, THOR RAGNAROK tries to keep the spirit of the Nordic mythology alive. In its own – the typical MARVEL – way it works. Of course, MARVEL stands for pure entertainment, borrowed from a huge comic universe.
However, those who expect a profound story which follows exactly original legends, are out of place here.
But all who love to see the old but still very popular Norse mythology transferred into our times, moreover, into the future, will truly enjoy THOR RAGNAROK.
THOR RAGNAROK isn’t just another action movie. It captivates through its smart humor. Never too less, never too much, but always hilarious. Despite the fantasy story, the characters are literally down-to-earth. All of them have weak points, which makes them very humanly and likeable.
Also, the pictures, sound and score are simply amazing. Altogether, THOR RAGNAROK sets a new standard in the area of action movie.
By Odin, certainly, even the Nordic gods would adore this film. Therefore, we can conclude that THOR RAGNAROK is absolutely worth seeing!
Photos: © Marvel Studios 2017