Movie Review |“Thor: Ragnarok”

thorRagnarök means “Fate of the Gods” and is the equivalent of Armageddon in Norse mythology where many major heroes die including Thor.

“Thor: Ragnarök” exploded into theaters on November 3, 2017 and in five days has already made almost $500 million.  That is about as much as each of the previous Thor movies have made to date.

Marvel Comic Universe diehard fans will love this seventeenth edition to the film franchise. But for those who are cooler or lukewarm about comic book-based movies, this one will be worth making an exception.

The film is star-studded with Chris Hemsworth returning as Thor and Mark Ruffalo portraying what is being called “the most beautiful” cinematic Hulk to date because of ever improving CGI created appearance and movements.  Cate Blantchett is a strikingly believable goddess of death. And Jeff Goldblum, Anthony Hopkins, Matt Damon, and Benedict Cumberbatch are all also in the cast.

The new director for “Thor: Ragnarök,” Taika Waititi, has propelled the Thor movie franchise from middling to marvelous.  Never credited as a director before, he directed some scenes in “Doctor Strange” and has also played Thomas Kalmaku in “Green Lantern.” Waititi says he thought taking on “Thor: Ragnarök” would be a career-ending choice. However, as in the past, he has put that anxiety to good use by channeling it into the creative process.

It worked then and it worked this time.  And will likely work gain in the future.  Waititi is already in talks with Marvel for what the next Thor film will be.

“Thor: Ragnarok” (130 minutes) is showing at the Marshall Cinema with a PG-13 rating for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and brief suggestive material. Call (903) 935-5662 or visit for a full list of show times.  Then, plan to see it in a theater soon.

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