Excited for the latest installment from the Marvel Universe (in theaters 11.3.17)? You should be!!! I’m thrilled to share all the reasons why in our official Thor: Ragnarok Movie Review!!
As part of my recent #ThorRagnarokEvent press trip (at the invite of Disney), I attended the Thor: Ragnarok World Premiere where I had the pleasure of seeing the movie in the same theater as the cast, their families, filmmakers, and more (with a direct eye-line to Chris Hemsworth the whole time – FUN!). And I’ve been DYING to share about the movie since. You guys… IT.IS.SO.GOOD! I need to see it again, but it might be MY FAVORITE of ALL the films in the Marvel Universe so far. No matter where it ranks for you, be prepared to be thoroughly entertained for 130 minutes! While there are all kinds of out-of-this-world characters & action that you expect in a Thor film, throw out ALL your other expectations of Thor based on the other movies. This is something different…it’s something BETTER! So, here’s my top 7 (no-spoilers) reasons you should plan to go see Thor: Ragnarok when it hits theaters on 11/3!
1. A different look & feel for Thor. This is true not only for the style of the movie, but for the character himself. As we’ve seen in the movie trailers and posters, Thor is missing his classic long, blonde locks and his trusty hammer, Mjolnir. We see his personality in a slightly different light during the course of this movie too. While I love Chris Hemsworth, the previous Thor movies are definitely not my favorite in the series. In talking to some of the cast, you get the sense that Chris maybe felt that way even himself. So, this is a fresh change that everyone involved in the film was noticeably excited about. And I happen to LOVE what they did with this one!! Different, but good different. So, you’ll HAVE to go see it just to see what you think on that note alone! 2. HILARIOUS – from start to finish. Director Taika Waititi, who is known for some hilarious comedy, did SUCH a good job with this. I did NOT expect to laugh so much. I mean, there’s a Goddess of Death and serious stuff going on…and yet it’s still funny! There are NUMEROUS scenes that are completely “laugh out loud” funny. The juxtaposition of this notion of “ragnarok” (like literally the end of everything) and comedy might seem like it couldn’t possibly work, but I really think they did it so well. The quippy one liners, the hilarious interplay between Hulk/Bruce Banner and Thor, getting to see more comedy from Chris Hemsworth – it’s much more “Guardians-esque” that way and everyone in the packed-house theater the night of the the premiere all seemed to thoroughly enjoy it.3. Jeff Goldblum – in a perfectly quirky Goldblum-y way. Seriously…if you’re a Jeff Goldblum fan, you will LOVE him in this movie. His role is SOOOOO perfectly Jeff Goldblum that it makes the whole thing ever funnier. Completely kooky and eccentric and weird and hilarious and just, YES! I can’t imagine anyone else playing this role in the movie.
4. Amazing CGI Hulk! Honestly, I get nervous about characters that need a lot of CGI. But Hulk in this movie is INCREDIBLE. He looks SO much more like Banner than in this than any of the previous films. And we see Hulk for so much longer. It’s really well done!
5. Cate Blanchett as Hela. Cate Blanchett tends to be amazing in her roles anyway. So, it may come as no surprise that I think she is great as Hela. And it’s important to note that this is the first female villain we’ve ever seen in a Marvel film! Cate plays the angry, cunning, wicked, power-hungry Goddess of Death very, very well!
6. The musical score, especially Led Zeppelin ‘Immigrant Song’. The music goes along with the whole different tone for the film in general. We hear Led Zeppelin’s ‘Immigrant Song’ not only in the teaser trailer, but in the movie itself. And it just works SO well! While the music isn’t quite as integral to the movie as either of the Guardians films, the whole score really does help set the unique tone in Thor: Ragnarok in a way that the previous Thor movies (and really any of the previous “Avengers” character movies) didn’t have. ‘Immigrant Song’ works PERFECTLY for the scene it plays in during the film.
7. HILARIOUS cameo scenes. I’m NOT giving away any more details on this because I don’t want to spoil it for you. But I want you to know that there are two cameo scenes with other very famous people in this movie so you can look out for them (though I don’t think anyone could miss it)! Both scenes are HILARIOUS and are actually rather integral scenes to the movie. So, have fun during those!
*Bonus Reason (in case you needed one more reason to see the movie): A gratuitous shirt-less Chris Hemsworth scene!!! Here’s a little peek of that for you… (You’re welcome! 😉 )Clearly I thoroughly enjoyed the movie with all its action and comedy and quirkiness and retro-vibe. And, I absolutely canNOT wait to go see the movie again – and see it with my husband and friends so I can finally ACTUALLY TALK ABOUT IT without giving away any spoilers to anyone. It’s HARD y’all!
So, make plans to see Thor: Ragnarok in theaters 11.3.17!!!! It’s sure to be a Hulk-smashing hit! And if you’re a parent of young kids with more questions about the movie, please read on!!!
Is Thor: Ragnarok appropriate for kids?
Like all the other movies in the Marvel Universe, Thor: Ragnarok is rated PG-13. So, for the ages the movie is targeted to (teenagers & adults), the movie is absolutely FANTASTIC!! BUT….I’ve already fielded the “is it appropriate for younger kids?” question from friends. To help you make a decision on what’s right for your family, I’m sharing a few examples of content below that parents/younger viewers might be especially sensitive to.
*SPOILER ALERT* (I’m trying to stay as vague as I can while still sharing some helpful parent-review info, but some might find the following information to contain spoilers. So if you don’t want to know anything more about the movie at all, STOP READING NOW!)
- Language & Innuendo . For a PG-13 movie, honestly the bad language is pretty mild (no f-bombs or anything like that). However, there are swearing lines – some of which are done with emphasis and stand out.
Also, there is definitely some innuendo and sexual references in the film. Here are some of the moments that stood out to me while watching with my “mom eyes”: Mild innuendo about Thor’s hammer (that will likely go right over younger kids’ heads), an exchange about an “orgy” (and yes they do say “orgy”), some jokes/innuendo about seeing Hulk naked, and a whole bit about “the Devil’s Anus”. For those really familiar with the Marvel Universe movies, I’d say the language & innuendo is somewhere in the Guardians of the Galaxy realm. Possibly more than Vol. 1, but not as much as Vol. 2.
- Violence & “Scary” Characters & Death. I mean, Hela is the “Goddess of Death” after all – and yes, that means everything you think it might mean. Let’s just say that she is intense and she does NOT mess around (ie. people DIE. Lots of people DIE). There is also another character in the film who is quite scary as well. So, all of that could definitely potentially be an issue for younger kids.
Given that, our boys (ages 10, 7, & 5) will not be seeing it just yet, but we can’t wait to watch it with them when they’re older. In the meantime, Mr. Mom Endeavors and I already have our tickets for a fun date night with friends for the very 1st showing on 11/2! We cannot wait!
What are YOU most excited about in Thor: Ragnarok?
Like it? Pin it!
Disclosure: Disney hosted me in LA in order to attend screenings and to participate in group interviews & media events. As always, all opinions, experiences, and love of Disney are entirely my own!