Mark Ruffalo (as Hulk), Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson and Tom Hiddleston in a scene from the movie Thor: Ragnarok.  Supplied by Marvel.
Mark Ruffalo (as Hulk), Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson and Tom Hiddleston in a scene from the movie Thor: Ragnarok. Supplied by Marvel. Marvel

Ragnarok delivers the Thorsome goods

AFTER the long and mighty wait for us Midgardians, Thor Ragnarok arrives on the big screen.

And let's just say, it's everything one could have wanted, and more.

Aside from the eye candy that is Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and Tom Hiddleston (Loki), the movie brings a reinvented approach to its audience third time round.

And with the addition of the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Dr Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), from other Marvel movie classics, this thunderous flick makes the most of its all-star cast in hilarity, action and dialogue.

Imprisoned on a strange planet, our mighty Thor finds himself in a lethal gladiator battle against his 'co-worker' the Hulk.

Thor must fight for survival and race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela (sister and first born of Odin) from destroying Asgard.

His plan, to form a team, return home and face Hela and her undead army head on.

Easier said than done when his 'team' isn't as eager as himself.

Banner's alter ego (Hulk) has been happily reigning champion of the Grand Master (Jeff Goldblum) for two years. Unbeknownst to Banner when he's transformed back.

Chris Hemsworth and Mark Ruffalo (as Hulk) in a scene from the movie Thor: Ragnarok. Supplied by Marvel.
Chris Hemsworth and Mark Ruffalo (as Hulk) in a scene from the movie Thor: Ragnarok. Supplied by Marvel. Marvel

The always conniving and mischievous nature of Loki is and old and too familiar game for this brother, who unwillingly let him fight by his side.

Thor also comes to the realisation that his captor was the only surviving Valkyrie (an all female Asgardian Army who had faced Hela in the past) and only after some long and hard convincing, joins the battle too.

Marvels' special effects are exceptionally mind-blowing. The colours, electrifying, energising and effectively empowering.

And in some ways, where Marvel has missed the notion of a villain with substance (particularity with Thor: The Dark World) Cate Blanchett has pieced some empathy into her character as the first born and rightful heir to the throne of Asgard - despite, of course, being Goddess of Death.

But what makes Thor: Ragnarok the best of it's three part movie series, is that it doesn't take itself quite as seriously as it's preceding films. Characters throughout the film often broke in and out out of their 'formal persona' in a bid to explain themselves, dumb-down their motives, and essentially provide laughs for the audience throughout the story.

It was almost as if Deadpool had been sitting in the directors chair through some of the scenes providing advice on how to make the most out of the film.

One character, I'd definitely like to make mention of is Korg (Taika Waititi) who teams up with Thor to help save the day.

His gentle and friendly New Zealand accent is hilariously contrasting to his rock-like muscular status. Not to mention the conversation he shares with Thor about the God of Thunder's Mjolnir.

Whichever way you look at it, Thor Ragnarok ticks all the boxes for epic action, humorous banter and eye-catching scenery and costumes. Bring on Infinity Wars!

Thor: Ragnarok

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Hopkins, Benedict Cumberbatch

Rated: M

Reviewer: Tamara MacKenzie

Verdict: 4 1/2 lightning strikes out of 5



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