Thor Ragnarok

Thor Ragnarok (2017) PG-13

Starring: Liam Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Tessa Tompson, Cate Blanchett

Writers: Eric Pearson, Craig Kyle, Christopher Yost

Director: Taika Waititi

Distributor: Walt Disney

This is probably the funniest Marvel movie to date. With sight gags, witty dialogue, engaging characters and plenty of action, this film soars above the average superhero offering. The plot is simple—the oldest child and daughter of Odin, Hela (Cate Blanchett), comes on the scene with a vengeance to enslave the entire universe. She had been banished by her father for that reason---she’s mean and nasty and wants to force every civilization to bend the knee to her. But, she escapes her punishment, knocks her father out of the picture, and then challenges anyone to stop her.

Of course, Thor and friends must rise up to take her down, which is not an easy task. In fact, at her first meeting with her brother Hela breaks his “indestructible” hammer. Therefore, he must assemble a team of supernaturally endowed people to help him.  Thor, however, has some obstacles to overcome. One is escaping from a strange planet where he has been captured and surviving a gladiatorial contest with none other than the Hulk. At first, Thor is thrilled when he sees his opponent and says: “I know him. He’s a friend from work!” Unfortunately, despite Thor’s pleas, the Hulk chooses to engage. After all, he is a celebrity on this planet, not a monster like people see him on earth.

Thor also has trouble recruiting a Vaukyrie (Tessa Tompson who plays a former woman warrior from his world turned bounty hunter), who fought Hela in the past with other Vaukyries and lost. She is trapped on the same planet and is the one who caught Thor to sell him to the planet’s king (Jeff Goldblum). In an effort to flatter her to join his cause he clumsily tells her: “You look nice. What did you do? Wash your hair?”

The charismatic, villainous Loki (Tom Hiddleston) is also on hand and up to his old tricks. Later in the movie, however, even he gets a crack at redemption. If you like superhero movies and need more than a few laughs, this one’s for you---an entertainment homerun.

*Be aware there are superhero clashes and violent scenes with Hela destroying the Asgard army and impaling one soldier. No nudity or sexual scenes, but the Vaukyrie drinks a lot and says she won’t give it up.

The funniest Marvel  movie to  date