Imprisoned, the mighty Thor finds himself in a lethal gladiatorial contest against the Hulk, his former ally. Thor must fight for survival and race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela from destroying his home and the Asgardian civilization.
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THOR: RAGNAROK (2017) 93%
Rating: PG-13, for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and brief suggestive material.
The latest installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is a complete blast from start to finish: cheeky, snappy and self-referential. The threat of cataclysmic mayhem hovers over the proceedings at all times, but director Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows, Eagle vs. Shark) somehow manages to keep things brisk, light, and frequently zany. And he’s got an excellent cast to work with here. This time, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) must team up with his old friend and fellow Avenger, Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), and an alcoholic bounty hunter (a charismatic Tessa Thompson) to stop the villainous goddess of death, Hela (Cate Blanchett), from triggering the predicted destruction known as Ragnarok. As is so often the case in these comic-book blockbusters, there are massive battle sequences in which entire armies of men perish, but their deaths are quick and bloodless. At the film’s start, Thor must take on a huge, fiery monster, which might seem scary for younger viewers. Thor and Hulk also brutally battle each other in a coliseum setting. While Blanchett is clearly having a blast camping and vamping it up as Hela, she also might be frightening to littler kids. And there’s a scattering of profanity throughout. I brought my 8-year-old son to a screening and he loved it, but there was one image involving Thor’s eye that he found disturbing. But if your kids are familiar with these characters and this world, they’ll have a great time. Fine for viewers around 9 or 10 and older.
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