By Eleni K, Carrybeans
Sipping my ice lemon tea and popping popcorn into my mouth on a Friday night at Suria Sabah, I was catching Marvelâs latest hyped-up movie, Thor:Â Ragnarok.
MmmmmâŠWhat a good start to the weekend.
I was excited to see what was in store in this particular film not only because Iâm a fan but also because of the cliffhanger from the last show â whatâs next for these Asgardians?Â You can refresh your memory about it here.
âThe soundtrack wasÂ meh, but Thor: Ragnarok was on point in its lighting and CGI.â
Thor: Ragnarok definitely was on point in terms of its lightingÂ andÂ CGI but not so much on its soundtrack. I thought the soundtrack was mehÂ (I still think Baby Driver has the best movie soundtrackÂ so far. Thatâs a story for another day). The storyline was pretty much predictable but I thought adding a new character in in the form of âThe Grandmasterâ was a plus. It added a light-hearted element in the midst of all the war, crazy-evil-sister-on-the-loose and tension that was going on. Also,Â Thorâs chemistry with both Loki and Banner wereÂ totally on point.
There were a couple of things that stood out for me.
1. Things may not always be as they seem.Thor and Loki knew only what their father showed them growing up but there are always two sides to the story. Having a sister that was never mentioned at the family dinner table and growing up knowing only half the story of your origin definitely shows thereâs more than meets the eye. Not forgettingÂ that all the while Thor was trying to prevent the Ragnarok prophecy, which was happening anyway âÂ insert deep life-changing lessons here.
2.Â Trying too hard.This one was not a win for me. Two minutes into the first scene of the movie, Thor made cannyÂ joke-like remarks towards Surtur and these comments continuedÂ throughout the movie. At one point I was like, âDid I purchaseÂ a ticket to a Thor movie or a comedy?â There was,Â however,Â one scene that to me was genuinely funny:Â Thor and Banner having a sit-down conversation on the streets of Sakaar. That was legit funny.
âThor and Banner having a sit-down conversation on the streets of SakaarâŠ was legit funny.â
3. Loved the new characters, especially Hela, Valkyrie & Skurge. They played their characters well. I was surprised that Cate Blanchett pulled off the Goddess of Death character so well like she was made for it (not forgetting that bodysuit that made everybreathingÂ femaleÂ being envious). Valkyrie, an okay character for me at the beginning but I came to like her by the end of the movie because of the chemistry that she has with Banner and also a possible build-up of romance between her and Thor (but thatâs yet to be seen). SkurgeÂ isÂ a character that expresses himself mostly with his facial reactionsÂ and this is much harder to pull off than having lines. He carried his character well throughout the movie.
Overall,Â I would say that it was an okay movie because I expected so much more from Marvel. Plus, the whole âtrying too hardâ bit was a turn-off for me, and that resulted in me not enjoying the movie as much as I thoughtÂ I would.
Against the ratings of 8.3/10 from iMDb and 96% from Rotten Tomatoes, I would giveÂ Thor: Ragnarok a 7/10. Â
Maybe not quite a good start to the weekend but hey, donât kill me for this. Itâs just the honest opinion of an avid movie-goerÂ =)
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