Thor: Ragnarok Movie Review (First Half Spoiler-Free)

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It’s been nearly a decade since Iron-Man debuted on the big screen, launching the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and changing the world of movies as we know it.

In that time, comic book fans have seen two Avenger films, an Iron-Man trilogy, a Captain America trilogy, and as of Friday, the third movie in the Thor franchise: Thor: Ragnarok.

The new movie follows the God of Thunder (Chris Hemsworth), who learns his sister—Hela (Cate Blanchett)—is coming to take reign over Asgard. Unfortunately, he’s being held prisoner on the other side of the universe, and now he is seeking the help of an old friend to escape.

This latest installment is easily the most electrifying film of the trilogy. It’s high-energy, offers a memorable female villain, and serves as a hilarious comedy.

That’s right, a comedy! As I’m sure you’ve picked up from the trailers this Thor movie is changing the direction of the series. And, that maybe one of its strongest qualities.

The film subtlety reboots the character and the franchise. It decides to stray away from the past two films which had darker tones, and very serious God of Thunder.

Thor: Ragnarok jokes about the absurdity of superheroes and clever pokes at the idea that all superhero movies need to be dark and gritty (*cough* Zack Snyder *cough*).

The drastic change in direction comes from the help of director Taika Waititi. The New Zealand filmmaker is best known for his smaller comedies, such as “Boy,” “What We Do in the Shadows,” and last year’s “Hunt for the Wilderpeople,” a movie that made my Top Ten of 2016 list.

Thor has been falling by the wayside as more and more Marvel characters have been getting their time in the spotlight. But, Waititi’s style of comedy was exactly what this franchise needed to bring the son of Odin back to the forefront.

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