'Thor: Ragnarok' rocks!
After being mostly absent from the silver screen for the last two years, Thor: Ragnarok sees the return of the God of Thunder - quite unlike we've seen him before.
The movie opens up with the Norse God covered in chains and describing a plot to protect his homeworld of Asgard. It should be simple work, but for the Goddess of Death, Hela. What follows is a galaxy trek not dissimilar to Guardians of the Galaxy, as Thor assembles his team, cutely named 'The Revengers'.
The most noteworthy member of that team is the incredible Hulk. Yes, that's right, the movie may have Thor's name on it, but there are more than a couple superheroes in this film. Thankfully, for everything that's packed into Thor: Ragnarok, the final product is a well balanced ride.
Whereas most action adventure movies have a concrete story and pepper in a comic-relief scene or two, this movie does the opposite. It's a laugh fest from start to finish, with a few scenes to establish a narrative. That's not to say Thor: Ragnarok is hurting for substance. In fact, for all it's non-stop humour, I was particularly impressed with how invested I was with the story, even if the movie at times treats it as an afterthought.
As for the humour, nine out of 10 times I would be upset. Upset that I was laughing so hard I couldn't catch the next joke in the dialogue. Thor: Ragnarok never takes itself too seriously and begs you not to, either. It's perfectly comfortable embracing the more ridiculous elements of the franchise for what they are.
For what felt like the longest time, the character of Thor was never truly defined. His best moments came from interactions with others, but a strong sense of who Thor was, never truly came across.
Thor: Ragnarok may have the Hulk, but it's certainly Thor's show, as Chris Hemsworth gets to show off his perfect comic timing, and delivers his best turn as Thor yet.