By Jackie Raphael
This is the best Thor film and feels more like an Avengers production with the amazing cast. Thor: Ragnarok is set roughly two years after the last Avengers film. Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is on a mission to save the Asgardian civilisation from the God of Death, Hela (Cate Blanchett). Blanchett was a wonderful addition as the villain, as was the wacky Jeff Goldblum playing the Grandmaster who toys with his prisoners in a Gladiator-like Colosseum. Many others from the Thor and Avengers films also returned including the brilliant Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk, Tom Hiddleston as Loki whose mischievous character continues to grow, Anthony Hopkins as the wise Odin and Idris Elba as the brave Heimdall. Marvel fans will also enjoy the crossover with Dr Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch). Meanwhile, Tessa Thompson is a great addition to the cast as another warrior with an interesting past. Plus, there are some brilliant surprise cameos.
Thor: Ragnarok is hilarious with consistent laughs throughout. The action is also great and is supported by a wonderful use of music that sets the tone. Director Taika Waititi also brought some multiculturalism to the film by creating a lot of New Zealand characters, even including himself in some scene stealing moments. It was wonderful that the production came to Australia too. Interestingly, the most publicised scene of Thor and Loki in New York, which was filmed on the streets of Brisbane, was only a few minutes of the two-hour film. Thor: Ragnarok is definitely worth seeing on the big screen, not just for another Hemsworth shirtless scene, but for the full experience of this blockbuster film. I will be watching it again soon.