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Thor: Ragnarok: how formula writing ruins good movies

Jon Otero, Staff Writer

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Thor (Chris Hemswroth) faces a new foe, his sister, Hela (Cate Blanchett) in Thor: Ragnarok. After years of imprisonment in the dark realm Hela comes back and bans Thor and Loki (Tom Hiddleston) to another world controlled by the Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum). There Thor meets the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), and other companions that help him escape this new world and take down his sister.

The newest installment to the Thor series is technically good. Everybody plays their part very well, although some acting is a bit exaggerated.

Thor comes across as a brat and is extremely cocky, Hulk is a big grumpy kid, Loki is the trickster, the Valkyrie is the drunken master type and the Grandmaster is an over the top psychopath. The casting for each character was well done, and the actors stay perfectly in their roles.

The story is well done but it takes away all the drama and mainly focuses in comedy, coming very close to satire, not to say that is bad. The story presents the dramatic side when Hela enters Asgard and kills about half of the population. Viewers can see the despair, but on the other hand we have the comedic side when Thor enters the tournaments and is in a bit of a pickle, trying to escape. In other words the story doesn’t really take itself seriously.

The dialogue is well done. Since the movie has more of a satirical spectrum, the conversations have punch lines and serious moments are sometimes ruined. Nonetheless, they are funny and well done.

It was well directed by Marvel standards. The music created a great atmosphere of 80s action movies, and it pulls off that style by miles. Many shots in the movie capture the moment to the fullest.
Viewers can understand what is happening in action scenes and don’t get lost in the rapid editing. The world design is also beautiful from the rooms to the landscape, having great CGI to back it up.

Even though the movie is overall a good film, it lands on the generic film pile. Nothing new is brought to the mix: only fighting, cheap jokes and tough or “crazy” characters. Marvel just copy-pastes the same story into every movie they release. Thor: Raganarok has not been an exception. I can’t deny that I had a good time, but I will say that I’m tired of the same formula: polished garbage.
They need to come up with something innovative and game changing. For example, Deadpool brought new material to the table for with its R-rating and dark humor. Marvel needs to learn from Fox and change their formula. Even so the movie was fun and a good popcorn film if you enjoy action and comedy.

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