Review: New ‘Thor’ movie focuses on character growth

Sydney Corio

Staff Writer

 

Back with a new haircut and a without his famous hammer, Mjolnir, the god of thunder, dominated the box office with his new movie, “Thor: Ragnarok.”

Ragnarok is Marvel’s third “Thor” release, but it has earned the title of the overall best-rated film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Before the release of this film, Robert Downey Jr.’s “Iron Man” held the highest spot with a 94 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. After “Ragnarok’s” premiere on Nov. 3, it received a solid 96 percent.

Now, this rise is surprising because the hero has been received so poorly in the past. In comparison to the other solo movies Marvel has put out, the “Thor” series has received the lowest rankings.

The first movie in the current trilogy, “Thor,” has a 77 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, while the second film, “Thor: The Dark World,” received the lowest score of 66 percent. The only other Marvel movie to come close to this score is the solo movie for the Hulk, whom Thor partners up with in “Ragnarok.”

With this odd and formerly poorly-received pair, it is strange to think that the two could dominate the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

However, when analyzing the components of the film, it does not seem so unbelievable.

Most of the film worked off ad-libs and impromptu scenes, which were some of the funniest scenes in the whole movie. One line was even added by a child who was visiting the set as his Make-A-Wish wish. This is featured in the trailer, when Thor refers to the Hulk as a friend from work in the middle of a battle.

Another notable part of the movie is its director. Making a change from the directors of the previous two “Thor” movies, the director of “Ragnarok,” Taika Waititi, is a filmmaker from New Zealand, most commonly known for making off-brand indie movies.

The idea of an outsider trying to express his feelings in a world of macho-gods and monsters may have been questionable at first, but ultimately pulled in more than $400 million worldwide.

While Thor and the Hulk are the main characters, one of the best-received characters in the Thor arc is his adopted brother Loki, the god of mischief.

In the earlier movies, Tom Hiddleston’s Loki established himself as one of the highest ranked villains. However, in “Ragnarok,” the god becomes something else.

“In this film, it’s about the development of the relationship between Thor and Loki as brothers. Thor has evolved, matured and grown. Loki, in a way, is stuck in his challenges of the past,” Hiddleston noted in an interview for the movie.

Overall, “Thor: Ragnarok” is a storyline composed around the idea of character growth, and most importantly, the journey that tears Thor down and forces him to build himself back up.

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