The mighty Thor (Chris Hemsworth – Ghostbusters, Blackhat) lands himself in a spot of trouble, imprisoned on a planet, and forced to partake in a deadly contest run by the Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, Independence Day: Resurgence), as gladiator. Matched up against none other than the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo – Now You See Me 2, Avengers: Age of Ultron), will he manage to win his freedom, will Loki (Tom Hiddleston – Kong: Skull Island, Crimson Peak) betray him once again, and can he gain the trust of one of the legendary Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), and most important of all, save Asgard from the evil, risen Hela (Cate Blanchett – Cinderella, How to Train Your Dragon 2).
The film wastes no time getting started, diving right in to the action, but dragging a ton of humour along with it. By far one of the funniest in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), there is no shortage of glib remarks, one-liners, or wisecracks.
As is often the case with the solo movie outings for any of the Avengers, this story remains rather contained and straight forward. Even with visiting several locations in the MCU, heading back to Asgard, and a brief stop off at Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch – Doctor Strange, Zoolander 2), there are not too many twists or turns in the plot. Opting rather to take the viewer on an adventure, to entertain the audience, share a laugh, and expand on this segment of one of the more beloved characters in the entire collection of films.
Thor: Ragnarok is fun, it is entertaining, well worth a viewing (and not even because it is part of such an expansive universe). An outing for fans and casual viewers alike, and not to be missed.
As with all films in the MCU, stay for the end credits, as there are always a few short, additional scenes to catch.
Thor: Ragnarok opens 27 October 2017, in South African cinemas.