I’m not a huge fan of comic book super-hero movies, but I was in Illinois with Robin visiting our son, Noah, and he wanted to see it. I was pleasantly surprised, and enjoyed the film a lot. It’s my second-favorite comic book movie of 2017, although it’s still a couple of notches below “Wonder Woman.” The film has a decent plot, good fight scenes, occasional suspense, a terrific ensemble cast, and excellent special effects. What makes it better than most movies of this genre, however, is the fantastic performance by Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and the consistent humor throughout the film. The movie also has a nice message (that one’s power stems from his/her inner resources rather than from anything external).
The film starts off with Thor being held prisoner by the fire demon, Surtur. He escapes, but then gets captured by an alcoholic ex-warrior (Tessa Thompson) who takes him as her prisoner on the planet Sakaar. The Grandmaster of Sakaar (Jeff Goldblum) then makes Thor a gladiator, where he has to fight The Champion, who has never lost a battle!
Elsewhere, Odin (Thor’s father, played by Anthony Hopkins) has left their home planet of Asgard, and Thor’s evil, megalomaniacal older sister, Hela (Cate Blanchette), has dreams of taking over Asgard and ruling the entire universe! Thor’s brother, Loki (Tom Hiddleston), is also creating problems for Thor.
I’d rather not “hammer” home a major endorsement, but, if you are in the mood to see a super-hero comic book movie, this is a good one!