Thor: Ragnarok

Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok, the destruction of his home-world and the end of Asgardian civilization, at the hands of a powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela.

  • Released: 2017-10-24
  • Runtime: 131 minutes
  • Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
  • Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Tessa Thompson, Jeff Goldblum, Idris Elba, Karl Urban, Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Hopkins, Benedict Cumberbatch, Taika Waititi, Rachel House, Clancy Brown, Tadanobu Asano, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Stan Lee, Georgia Blizzard, Amali Golden, Luke Hemsworth, Sam Neill, Matt Damon, Charlotte Nicdao, Ashley Ricardo, Shalom Brune-Franklin, Taylor Hemsworth, Cohen Holloway, Alia Seror-O'Neill, Sophia Laryea, Steven Oliver, Hamish Parkinson, Jasper Bagg, Sky Castanho, Shari Sebbens, Richard Green, Sol Castanho, Jet Tranter, Samantha Hopper, Eloise Winestock, Rob Mayes, Tahlia Jade, Winnie Mzembe, Sean Edward Frazer, Connor Zegenhagen, Tracie Filmer, Tracey Lee Maxwell, Beatrice Ward, Donnie Baxter, Greta Carew-Johns, Mollie McGregor, Sophia McGregor, Scarlett Johansson, Katie Anderson, Ash Ricardo, Sam Hargrave, Garreth Hadfield
  • Director: Taika Waititi
  • allmoviesfan - 3 May 2024
    A huge improvement on the last one
    "Thor: Ragnarok" is, if nothing else, the most Antipodean Marvel universe movie ever made, with Australians and New Zealanders playing pivotal roles in what was a much better, more coherent and more interesting film than Thor: The Dark World. Throw in a New Zealand in the director's chair, and there's definitely plenty of ANZAC flavour.

    That director, Taika Waititi, brings out the best in a cast littered with big names - Chris Hemsworth, Cate Blanchett, Sir Anthony Hopkins and Jeff Goldblum - and definitely pulls the franchise back from the brink.

    A good story, a script with lots of funny moments and characters, helped, too. Hemsworth is so good in the titular role. Sad we didn't see Natalie Portman. Cate Blanchett was good in a limited role. Ditto, Karl Urban.

    Great entertainment.
  • slowcando - 18 December 2023
    Very good! A little too much sillyness cost it a 9
    While I also scored Thor-2 an 8/10, Ragnarok is definitely the best of the Thor trilogy. It's wonderfully entertaining, and one-ups most other MCU flicks by having a memorable villain and adventurous soundtrack (electronic synthwave vibes fit really well).

    It almost gets the 9/10 (so far the two Guardians & Doctor Strange get that), but a little too much reliance on overly-silly humour overweighs the dark tension. Often the jokes are amusing, just not laugh-out-loud funny. Guardians did LOL, while Doctor Strange did not. However the Strange film kept the seriousness above water just enough to buy into it, whereas Ragnarok is more comedy than dark-fantasy.

    Yet it's the dark-fantasy vibe where Thor-3 is at its best: Hela is a vividly-realised figure, recalling the epic intimidating visual structures of another quasi-comic yet also dark villain: Aku from the excellent Samurai Jack animated series. Cate Blanchett deserves all the plaudits, arguably the greatest MCU villain so far (tho' Infinity War is still to come). While her motivations were written thin, visually Hela is a showstopper: those slow-mo scenes of her wrecking havoc are a thing of beauty... always I'm watching the 3D-versions in the giant FOV-filling view of the Meta Quest 3 headset. It elevates such visual movies. Highly-recommended for chasers of the ultimate movie-watching experience!

    Ragnarok does drag a little during the long middle-section on the junk planet, the jury's out on whether Goldblum's character really fit (felt more like an SNL sketch). And typically of MCU films there's a ton of logic-holes.

    It ends strong, with well-directed action and plenty of visually-arresting scenes.

    At the high-end of the 8/10 scale seems fair.

    Next: Black Panther.
  • peter-462-12592 - 31 December 2022
    Way too silly for it's own good
    I compare this movie to the other two before it and the biggest problem is that a once interesting and serious movie series has turned into a silly mess. Right from the start i noticed that something was off, Thor wasn't the same person anymore, i know that it's a Marvel film but the sudden change in tone and style is really bothersome and this movie is just like watching standup comedy but with jokes that don't work. Guardians Of The Galaxy has the same kind of silliness but i think it works better there, here it feels forced. What's sad about this is that you no longer recognize the characters personalities anymore because there is too much comedy and too little seriousness.
  • deadsirius-54582 - 27 September 2022
    completely destroys all character
    This movie completely destroys every bit of character development the first two Thor movies had. I absolutely fail to see how in the world is this anyone's favourite Thor movie. It's all just instant gratification and potty humour and one liners; none of the heart and soul the first two movies had. Loki's tragedy is played for laughs- you know the heartwrenching suicide attempt? Or the way his own father raised him to believe his species a monster. Nah, it's funnier to depict him as an ineffectual, backstabbing person who's so vain he wants giant statues of himself. Nevermind the ' I never wanted the throne! I only ever wanted to be your equal' from the first movie. Let's just tie him up and laugh at the only queer coded character.

    Let's ruin Thor's character too! All that growth the first two movies were leading up to is completely erased- he's not a king here, just a bully who finds an actual slave trader to be a better companion than his own brother he's known for thousands of years. You know the one who took a sword for him and saved his girlfriend?

    The subtext about Odin's imperialism? Pshh, he said one line about how he loves his sons and it's all forgotten, yay! Because how else would we make our audience laugh? Can't focus on those pesky emotions or critical thinking.

    This is what Disney's Marvel has done to it's audience; that they think this hollow shell of nothingness is a better movie than Thor 1 & 2. Sigh.
  • aryanvihan - 9 August 2022
    Hela deep dark city dead. And thor won. By suter. And thor in space. With on asgurd. And endgame. Or spider-man for form home or no way home.