"Thor: Ragnarok"

Cate Blanchett delivers so much swagger as she struts in her wedged heels. She plays Hela, a long lost sister out to claim the throne as the Goddess of Death. She is one of the greatest villains I have seen in years in any superhero film. Tessa Thompson plays Valkyrie, a fighter who wants to forget her past, with vigor, emotion and cool. She is a excellent addition to the cast. Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo and Tom Hiddleston are back in uniform as Thor, The Incredible Hulk/Bruce Banner and Loki, respectively. Director Taika Waititi plays Korg, a character who is the absolute comic relief of the film. Jeff Goldblum outrageously plays Grandmaster. Idris Elba returns as Heimdall. Karl Urban and Anthony Hopkins are a part of a strong supporting cast.

The film is visually stunning. It is entertaining with a great story. Writers Eric Pearson, Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost stay true to bringing the characters from the comic book into the film. There are also recaps throughout the film to help the audience keep track or understand something has happened in a previous film. The use of “Immigrant Song” by Led Zeppelin is interesting and commands the action scenes. With the cast additions, the “Thor” franchise has been invigorated.

Side note: Tom Hiddleston has a “Ryan Gosling SNL” moment in the film. I was underwhelmed by the credits scene. Still, let Thor remembering his strength as the God of Thunder be the inspiration for the end of your 2017 and basically your life. (You need to see the film to understand the last sentence).