Movie Review

“Thor: Ragnarok”

RELEASE DATE:  November 3, 2017
MPAA RATING:  PG-13 (for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and brief suggestive material)

To put it simply, “Thor: Ragnarok” is a hot mess.  The latest offering from Marvel Studios is all over the place.  Looking for seemingly endless action sequences?  Check.  An overabundance of wry humor?  Check.  A compilation of super heroes?  Check.  A clear plotline?  Uh, not so much.

In the interest of full disclosure, I am not among the target demographic for this film, a fact supported by its opening weekend box office of an estimated $121 million domestically.  The strong debut of the third installment of the Thor franchise is good news for the studio, and is a hefty hammer throw (see what I did there?) that may help the rather anemic earnings from a less-than-stellar summer movie season.

Chris Hemsworth is enjoyable enough in the title role, and he is surrounded by interesting characters, ranging from brother Loki (Tim Hiddleston) to the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo).  Cate Blanchett turns-in a strong performance as villainous Hela, sister to Thor and Loki. 

The story is centered around Thor’s efforts to save his home planet, Asgard, from something known as Ragnarok – which is essentially the total destruction of his home and its civilization. 

There is quite a bit of randomness in this film, like the unnecessary appearance of another Marvel character, Dr. Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch).

If you make it to the end credits, hang tight for a teaser of the next adventure.  Don’t get me started; it’s a “Thor” subject!