On they swept with threshing oar. Their only goal? To save Asgard from its past.
Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston returned to theaters Nov. 3 as Thor and Loki in “Thor: Ragnarok.” Hemsworth and Hiddleston were accompanied by guest Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner, aka The Incredible Hulk, and a whole slew of other characters, to stop the Ragnarok doomsday and save their home, Asgard.
“Thor: Ragnarok” centers around Thor and Loki as they struggle to stop their powerful older sister, Hela, the Goddess of Death from laying waste to the Nine Realms. Along the way, Thor’s mythical hammer, Mjolnir, is destroyed, and the God of Thunder is enslaved to fight against his old friend, the Hulk, in an arena for the amusement of a hedonistic, yet charismatic, “Grandmaster.”
Thor, with help from old and new friends alike, manages to escape and return to Asgard, but is forced to improvise to curb Hela’s power and save his people.
The film saw many changes to the typical style the Marvel Cinematic Universe uses in its movies. And it particularly tapped into Hemsworth’s comedic ability as an actor. However, its light-hearted humor is slightly reminiscent of the Guardians of the Galaxy movies.
“Thor: Ragnarok” is a fun and fast-paced film, where the viewer is seldom given the down time to be bored. Director Taika Waititi pioneered several of the changes that made Ragnarok the movie it is, such as the absence of Thor’s hammer as well as a complete revamp of the God of Thunder’s appearance.
The movie received praise from Rotten Tomatoes, but came under fire from IGN for relying too heavily on the Planet Hulk comic books when it was a Thor movie and overdoing itself by focusing too much on the gags. While “Thor: Ragnarok” used Planet Hulk as guidance for the plot of the film and allowed humor to be a constant element throughout its entirety, neither impinged on the ability to engage the audience with subtle chuckles and a fresh take on style.