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Thor Ragnarok's Review as a Nepali Audience

By Bishal Deep Basnet on Nov 06,2017 - 16:21

Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok — the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization — at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela. But first, he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger — the Incredible Hulk!

I had to sacrifice a day of work to watch this movie and almost got into multiple accidents because of traffic. But Thor: Ragnarok was totally worth the work-skipping. However, the Civil Mall QFX Cinema Hall was pretty packed but we managed to get 2 tickets for Rs. 450 each. 

It is a difficult task to write a review on a good movie without spoiling it though. But let's just say flat out that Thor: Ragnarok was one of the best things I've watched this year. If I were to neglect the fact that I'm a Marvel fan, I would rate this movie a solid 9 out of 10. 

Not gonna lie though, Nepali Cinema Halls aren't the ideal ones. But I mostly didn't even notice all the distraction as I was having way too much fun watching the movie and was deeply invested in it.

To put it bluntly, Ragnarok is a mix of non-stop action, comedy, and a fair amount of plot. It's not very high in profanity either, so you're guaranteed to have a good time watching Thor with your family. If there's one Hollywood movie I'd recommend for 2017, then it would definitely be Ragnarok.

According to the director, the actors were put in a free environment during their scenes so most of the comedic bits are improvised; which makes it genuine and very fun. 

Ragnarok’s humour is as broad as it is eccentric, preserving Waititi’s sensibility while delivering consistent belly laughs at every turn. There are wank jokes, arse puns, vampire gags, pratfalls, in-jokes, snarky asides and buffoonery to suit every palate. The director himself is the comedy standout, though. As rock-hewn gladiator Korg, Waititi claims the champion’s share of killer lines, stealing every scene he’s in with softly spoken Kiwi commentary.

If there’s a weak link in the line-up it’s Blanchett’s Hela. She’s one-note and outshone by Ragnarok’s other major new character, Tessa Thompson’s surly Valkyrie, at every turn. Hela’s scenes, while essential to the plot, feel an unwelcome distraction, leaving us, like Mjolnir, aching for a return to the Thunder God’s side.

Meanwhile, joyous though its clowning is, the film occasionally feels too glib. Heavier emotional beats, including wide-scale slaughter and the loss of a major character, are all but swept away in a format ill-equipped to deal with sobriety. But in a film that manages to pack fire demons, zombies, a giant wolf, a dragon, a goddess of death and the Sorcerer Supreme, it’s hard to feel too short-changed by an occasional lack of gravity.

Like a cosmic fever dream, Ragnarok is a disorientating cocktail of riotous colour and batty antics that seem almost unreal after the fact. Try to fit it into an established mould at your peril, but roll with this and you’ll discover not only a top-tier addition to the MCU but one of the most flat-out enjoyable comedies of the year.

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