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Thor: Ragnarok
| Friday, 11.03.2017, 05:56 PM |   (116 views)

Grab your popcorn, sit back, and prepare for the spectacular journey that is THOR: RAGNAROK.

According to Norse legend, Ragnarok is the cycle of death of the cosmos and its rebirth.  Or, basically, the end of everything.  The demise of the Gods.  The ascension of Death. That’s per Cate Blanchett, who plays the ruthless Hela, Asgardian goddess of death, elder sibling to Thor and Loki, ruler of Hel and Niflhelm.  At one time, Hela was Odin’s enforcer, enabling Odin to rule Asgard and the other Kingdoms.  Till her evilness became too much for Odin to bear and he thrust her from the family and from Asgard.

But some evil cannot remain buried. 

And Hel, stronger than Chris Hemsworth’s Mighty Thor, can also teleport and has the ability to read minds.  She can crumble Thor's mighty hammer.  All while looking smashing in a skin-tight latex jumpsuit and a headdress of antlers that come and go.

Manipulative as always, playing both sides of the fence, Tom Hiddleston’s Loki is back to his old tricks. Completely untrustworthy, he has managed to create the doorway that allows Hela to return to Asgard.

For supreme eye-candy, you really can’t go wrong with Hemsworth, who spends a good portion of the film half-dressed.  But he’s not Director Taika Waititi's only beauty shot. 

This film is visually magnificent.  From flying horses to devastated landscapes, it makes you want to hit the pause button just to take a better look at the detail.  How much of it is CG?  Who cares?  The artistry of those who created this film is all up there on the big screen.

The dialogue is sarcastic and smartly written.  You can tell how much fun the actors had with their roles.  Recognizable cameos come and go throughout Ragnarok, so keep your eyes peeled.  Other Avengers are part of this tale, including Doctor Strange, who gives Thor and Loki the first chapter on what, and who, they will face ahead.

Much of the witty repartee goes to Jeff Goldblum's Grandmaster, who, according to Marvel lore, is brother to the Collector, and one of the elders of the universe.  Grandmaster has imprisoned Thor, mocks his power, and forces him into a battle to the death, in a Coliseum setting,  with that world's Champion.

Waititi plays a dual role in Ragnarok, as Director of the film, guaranteed to break many box office records, and as Korg, a rock-like character who, I predict, will be as beloved as Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy

You want legends and warriors?  Demons and Angels?  You’ve got them a plenty in Thor: Ragnarok.

The theme of redemption plays a major role with multiple characters in Thor: Ragnarok.  Honor lost and found, the greater good. Retribution on a universal scale.

To divulge any further casting or scene details here would only do a disservice to readers and fans. Go.  See.  Enjoy.  And then go again. 

Oh, and stay past the credits.  Way past. 

Lisa Blanck is the Associate Editor for In Focus Magazine.  She spent nine years in advertising, marketing, promotions and live special events at Nickelodeon and MTV networks. She also worked as an on-air host for local cable access programs. Lisa has covered the Florida Film Festival for the past twenty-one years as well as the World Peace Festival. She's a featured columnist for ShelterMe.TV, was featured on for more than six years, and has been a columnist for the Focus In Newspaper and now for In Focus Magazine. 

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