Thor: Ragnarok is one of the best films of 2017 and Marvel’s best movie to date. I know that’s saying a lot, considering Iron Man and Guardians of The Galaxy are so highly regarded, but for now, I’m team Ragnarok. Director Taika Waititi (What We Do In The Shadows and Hunt for the Wilderpeople) has created something so refreshingly entertaining, it makes Thor and Thor: The Dark World look absolutely forgettable by comparison.
Thor: Ragnarok begins with Thor imprisoned on a foreign planet, hammerless and in a race against time. With Mjolnir gone and no way of getting home, Thor is forced to fight in a gladiator-like arena for his freedom. The only problem? The Grandmasters’ current champion is none other than the Hulk. Can Thor summon the strength to make it back to Asgard before Hela causes Ragnarok, the destruction of Thor’s kingdom?
One of the biggest highlights of the film is Hela, played by the talented Cate Blanchett. While she’s more than capable of playing any role, Blanchett rarely plays the villain, let alone the ‘goddess of death’. This is why it’s such a treat to see her embrace the anger and pain that makes Hela such an intense and dangerous character. I only wish the film took the time to go a little more in-depth into her backstory and motivations, but underdeveloped villains is kind of something Marvel is known for at this point. As things stand, Hela is easily one of the best villains in the Marvel Cinematic Universe thus far.