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Thor: Ragnarok Blu-ray Review


“Thor: Ragnarok” is a fun, but uneven MCU film.

In “Thor: Ragnarok,” the God of Thunder finds his life being turned upside down (to put it gently). His father is missing, he learns Loki is alive, he loses his hammer, and he winds up on a junk planet (Sakaar) run by the villainous Grandmaster where he encounters “a friend from work,” a fellow Asgardian, and a rock alien ally (Korg). Meanwhile, on his homeworld of Asgard, all hell is breaking loose as Hela and later a destructive being known as Surtur endanger the entire planet and its citizens.

While I appreciate that director Taika Waititi and writers Eric Pearson, Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost’s “Thor: Ragnarok” feels fresh and different from previous Thor and MCU films, it is a strange movie that is a bit all over the place. Combining the popular comic book arcs of “Planet Hulk” and “Ragnarok” as well as other MCU ties is an interesting creative decision, but ultimately, it feels overstuffed. Is it fun to watch Thor and Hulk battle in the arena, the colorful Jack Kirby inspired images, the Dr. Strange cameo, and iconic villains battling against Thor and his allies? Absolutely, but the story itself feels like it’s in a hurry as it essentially races through (and alters) these two major comic book storylines as well as other story elements.

Story aside, the humor itself has been a big topic of debate. Now, we all know humor is subjective, but I think that is perhaps most apparent with “Thor: Ragnarok.” Many critics and fans have found themselves drawn to Taika Waititi’s brand of humor and it does indeed work wonders at times. At other times, however, it feels like Waititi is trying too hard as certain jokes feels like lingering improv or they just flat out land with a thud. As others have also noted, the humor does undercut the drama at times which is a valid criticism. Ragnarok isn’t exactly a humorous situation, but I did tend to find that the humor in the film was placed at the right moments…mostly.

Where “Thor: Ragnarok” really comes alive is with the characters. One would think that Thor and Hulk would have the best moments here, but that’s not actually the case. The new characters really steal the show especially the bad-ass Valkyrie (expertly played by Tessa Thompson), Karl Urban’s conflicted Skurge (who actually has a really complete and emotional arc), Taika’s scene stealing CGI rock creature character Korg, Tom Hiddelston’s beloved Loki (who has many of the film’s funniest moments), and Cate Blanchett’s Hela (the actress seems to be having a blast being bad). The only new character I just wasn’t on board with was Jeff Goldblum’s Grandmaster. I’m normally a big fan of Goldblum as an actor, but most of the Grandmaster’s scenes were the comedic moments that fell flat for me.


Presentation: 2.40:1 1080p. How does it look? A colorful and perfect transfer.

Audio Track: 7.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? It should come as no surprise that this 7.1 track rocks.

Extras: DVD copy, Digital copy, Disney trailers, 5 deleted/extended scenes (nothing special here), 2 8-bit sequences (which are essentially like animated storyboards), a goofy gag reel, a new Darryl short film titled “Team Darryl” that features Grandmaster, a self-explanatory look back at the MCU titled “Marvel Studios: The First 10 Years- The Evolution Of Heroes,” a featurette on the evolving Thor character in the MCU “Getting In Touch With Your Inner Thor,” a featurette on the bad-ass new new female characters “Unstoppable Women: Hela and Valkyrie,” a featurette on the fan favorite CGI character Korg called “Finding Korg,” a featurette on the Sakaar planet titled “Sakaar: On The Edge Of The Known And Unknown,” an extra on the story and comic book inspirations titled “Journey Into Mystery,” a weird and often comedic solo commentary by Taika.

Overall Thoughts: Flawed as it may be, “Thor: Ragnarok” is an entertaining MCU film. I foresee this being a hot seller on Blu-ray, 4K, and DVD throughout 2018.

March 2, 2018 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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