In the third installment of MARVEL's popular Norse superhero, we get more than just another film packed full of climactic battle scenes. With new characters, new villains, and one of the funniest storylines we've seen, it's no surprise THOR: Ragnarok is Certified Fresh on RottenTomatoes. Touted as the best MCU film to date, daring, bold, and Hela funny, THOR: Ragnarok is the most enjoyable comedy this year. THOR: Ragnarok is now playing in theaters everywhere!
THOR: Ragnarok Review: Hela Funny, MCU's Best Film Yet
Known for his funny, incredibly deft films, Director Taika Waititi's brought a new, audacious version of Thor to the big screen, a kind of cosmic space rock opera with a heavy metal feel thanks to a killer soundtrack featuring Led Zeppelin's Immigrant Song. A film less serious and dark than the previous Thor installments, THOR: Ragnarok's humor and tone follow that of the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise.
The laughs take center stage from the get-go as Thor, who finds himself captured by fire demon Surtur, who also proclaims Thor is the son of Odin, replies with a quick, ‘Surtur! Son of a …. bitch!' While there is language in this film, it's mainly adolescent-style humor alongside brief, vague sexual references. In other words, audiences are going to love it!
As much as we love the humor in THOR: Ragnarok, it wouldn't be possible without the return of our favorite allies and foes. Waititi's vision to give Thor a character shift with a new look, sense of humor, and a need for exploration is exactly what we have been waiting for.
For the first time, we find Thor and Loki completely out of their element when the eternally warring brothers are thrown into hot water and must acknowledge their differences to save Asgard.
Thor: Life is about growth and change. But you, my dear god of mischief brother, just want to stay the same.
The Incredible Hulk is back after last being seen rocketing into outer space after the battle of Sokovia, and we couldn't be happier! What's different with Hulk in this film is we start to learn more about his emotional life, his intelligence, and how he lives his day-to-day life. Even Banner is reborn into a new, energetic and adventurous character bringing forth a very different Banner than we've come to know.
The iconic character Hela makes a terrifying entrance as MARVEL's first lead female villain in a film, a character that is not only mean but strikingly snarky. As the god of death invades Asgard and wages a war, we learn more about her connection to Thor, Odin, and the ruins of Asgard.
There's no denying Thor: Ragnarok is a riot, pure and simple. A colorful cosmic journey that will have your family laughing at the non-stop comedy throughout the film. Get your tickets to see this year's most enjoyable comedy now!
13 Fun Facts About the Filming of THOR: Ragnarok
- Ragnarok translates to “the end of the universe” in Norse mythology, so it’s fair to surmise that some edge-of-the-seat action is definitely headed audiences’ way.
- Director Taika Waititi not only directs but also plays a new CGI character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe named Korg (introduced by Marvel in a 1962 comic book). Waititi is well-known for not only directing but acting in his own films.
- Characters from the Marvel comics coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in “Thor: Ragnarok” include the villainous Hela (Cate Blanchett), introduced in the Marvel comics in 1964; the fierce warrior Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), debuting on the comic book pages in 1971; Skurge, the executioner (Karl Urban), a 1964 comic book debut; and the Sakaarian dictator Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum), first appearing in the Marvel comics in 1969.
- Cate Blanchett’s, Hela, one of Thor’s most formidable enemies from the comics, is the first leading female villain in any of the Marvel Studios’ feature films to date.
- The film is the first feature in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to shoot not only in Australia but in the entire Southern Hemisphere.
- The world of Sakaar in the story is like nothing ever before seen in any of the previous Marvel Studios’ films. Its design was inspired by the comic book illustrations of Jack Kirby, who co-created “Thor” (with Stan Lee) in 1962. Sakaar is the world ruled by Jeff Goldblum’s dictatorial character, Grandmaster.
- Veteran costume designer Mayes Rubeo (“Avatar,” “Warcraft,” “The Great Wall”) made over 2,500 original costumes for the film (depicting both the worlds of Asgard and Sakaar), with all materials sourced in Australia.
- Throughout the four-day shoot in Brisbane, Australia, both Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston took every break in filming to greet the fans by shaking hands, throwing “swag” (posters, sunglasses, T-shirts and such from “Thor: The Dark World”) out to the crowd, signing autographs and grabbing personal cell phones for that once-in-a-lifetime selfie. Many people (of all ages!) came back, day after day, rain or shine, for hours on end, to catch a close-up glimpse of the actual movie stars.
- Chris Hemsworth also had fun handing out pizzas to the Brisbane crowds, which were purchased by the production’s location manager, Duncan Jones.
- While shooting an exterior scene in the Australian wilderness, filming was briefly interrupted when a large python fell from the dense trees above. No cast or crew were harmed, and the snake was safely relocated by a professional snake handler, but not before a few brave crew members snapped some pictures.
- On days where Cate Blanchett was shooting, before cameras rolled on the first shot, Cate made a habit of leading the crew through a few minutes of calisthenics to start the day off right.
- During the early morning hours, before crew arrived for work, wild kangaroos were often spotted hanging around the backlot near the exterior sets of Asgard and Sakaar.
- On the first day of principal photography, a local Maori tribe performed a ceremonial dance to bless the crew in hopes for a smooth shoot. Eighty-four days of successful shooting later, the tribe returned and delivered a beautiful closing ceremony as a culmination to an incredible experience of filming on native land in Australia.
ABOUT THOR: RAGNAROK
In Marvel Studios’ “THOR: Ragnarok,” Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok—the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization—at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela. But first, he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger—the Incredible Hulk!
“THOR: Ragnarok” is directed by Taika Waititi and returns Chris Hemsworth starring as Thor and Tom Hiddleston reprising his role as Loki. They are joined by Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson and Karl Urban, with Mark Ruffalo and Anthony Hopkins. Kevin Feige is producing with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Brad Winderbaum, Thomas M. Hammel and Stan Lee serving as executive producers. Eric Pearson and Craig Kyle & Christopher L. Yost wrote the screenplay. Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok” thunders into U.S. theaters on November 3, 2017.
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