'Thor: Ragnarok' plays like a comic book come to life

Part of the problem, frankly, is usually in which Marvel has done perhaps too Great a job marketing the movie, to the extent most of the best lines as well as moments (like Thor seeing the Hulk as well as enthusiastically shouting, “He’s a friend via work!”) have played repeatedly from the trailer. Even Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song” makes a slightly incongruous appearance.

To its credit, the movie makes the most out of an inordinately strong ensemble, surrounding Chris Hemsworth with reliable scene-stealer Tom Hiddleston as his brother Loki, Cate Blanchett as the villainous Hela as well as Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, a fearsome warrior. Throw in a cameo by Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Strange as well as a meatier role for Idris Elba as the stoic sentry Heimdall, as well as there’s a lot of power on screen even before the CGI pyrotechnics kick in.

This kind of all starts promisingly enough, with Thor — after what amounts to a James Bond-like pre-title sequence — returning home to Asgard, where a newly freed Hela, the Goddess of Death, is usually on her way to lay siege.

Failing to stop her, Thor is usually inadvertently cast onto a dystopian planet Sakaar, presided over by Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum, in fully manic mode), who forces his prisoners to engage in gladiatorial combat. Determined to win his freedom as well as face Hela, Thor is usually pleasantly surprised to discover in which the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) has landed there as well — at least, until the first punch lands.

Marvel has handed the keys to the kingdom to brand-new Zealand director Taika Waititi, who with his trio of writers unearths plenty of amusing character riffs, capitalizing especially on Thor as well as Loki’s squabbling fraternal ties.

Still, there’s a serious threat in which must be addressed, eventually, as Thor spends ample time seeking to extricate himself via bondage as well as assemble the support he’ll need to have a shot at defeating Hela.

“Ragnarok” (the title refers to the prophesied destruction of Asgard) is usually definitely a step up in class via earlier sequel “The Dark World.” For better as well as worse, even these individual adventures have today been sucked into the maelstrom of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, where promiscuous cross-pollination among heroes has become the norm.

Bulked up for the occasion, Hemsworth remains an enormously appealing lead, capable of pulling off funny lines as well as slapstick silliness while still inducing swoons when his shirt comes off. He is usually, in many respects, the most special effect “Thor” has to offer, setting aside the inevitable free-for-all in which, This kind of should be noted, inflicts a higher quotient of carnage than parents tempted to bring younger kids might deem appropriate.

In a sense, a movie like “Thor: Ragnarok” represents the apex of Marvel’s strategy — a giant spectacle in which in many respects plays like a comic book come to life, while being liberated enough to experiment with light-hearted quirks as well as idiosyncrasies.

At a fundamental level, Marvel jams enough high-spirited entertainment into the movie to ensure in which This kind of’s worthy of the cost of admission. This kind of’s just in which armed with such a potent as well as promising arsenal, “Thor: Ragnarok” manages to feel less mighty than the sum of its parts.

“Thor: Ragnarok” opens Nov. 3 from the U.S. This kind of’s rated PG-13.

'Thor: Ragnarok' plays like a comic book come to life

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