A Norse family feuds

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By 2017-11-19

By Nirupa Mohan
Ceylon Today Features

The newest Thor film, brings back Chris Hemsworth as the title character, once again in his third stand-alone film. Thor: Ragnarok, the seventeenth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), follows as the sequel to Thor (2011) and Thor: The Dark World (2013).

The science fiction fantasy film made with a massive budget of 180 million, proved to be a financial success earning over 655 million dollars at the worldwide box office. The film was rated 93% on Rotten Tomatoes, 8.2/10 on IMDb and 3/4 on Roger Ebert, and has proven to be the better Thor movie to date based on rating.The film by director Taika Waititi, together with producer Kevin Feige, is based on Thor by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Larry Lieber.

The movie brings together a group of skilled actors who not only delivered their intended performance but also added their own individual personality traits to their characters, resulting in performances that make to movie feel like it has more than one star. The film is said to be mostly improvised and is clearly the boldest Marvel film in recent times, making it a self-aware film that's fun to watch.

The plot centres around Thor, who is without his hammer, is imprisoned and forced to fight Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), his friend and ally, in a gladiatorial style setting. Meanwhile back in his home world, Asgardians are in danger as the goddess of death, Hela (played by Cate Blanchett), invades and takes charge. The film pokes fun at the situation being a family conflict but also unfolds as a journey of self-discovery for Thor as a character, dabbed with comedy. At the same time, the film manages to stay focused on preventing the disastrous Ragnarok, but also on the importance of stopping Hela.

The team behind this film at Marvel studios have clearly taken a different direction with this superhero film, adding humour into yet another film in MCU, after Iron Man 3 and Ant-Man, making it a change for the title character.
The story, once again in a superhero film, puts together a team for the greater good, with the people of Asgard's safety as the priority. It's a fun and entertaining movie that keeps you wanting more, filled with action that makes an impact and humour that's scattered evenly at random parts of the film.

Unlike in previous films where Thor has always been a straightforward character with a more serious personality among the Avengers, this new film shows the title character in a different light, featuring him as a more down to earth simple character that is easy going but needs to step up and take a stand against his powerful sister.

The film is one that starts strong, but slows down rapidly before picking up some pace again towards the end. This is a must watch 130 minute Thor film, that's sure to leave viewers with a fresh take on Thor movies, while making the audience stop and think about Asgard, not as a place, but as people.

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