Give me a Disney prince any day. It’s just the era in which I grew up. That’s not to say I don’t admire the, ah em, “athleticism” of a super hero; I expected Chris Hemsworth’s (Thor’s) muscles, heck yeah, but a super story line, maybe not so much. Therefore, I had nominal expectations when seeing a preview of Thor: Ragnarok earlier this week.
Wrong again princess!
Marvel studios’ latest installment is funny!!! In a clever, not corny way. Ragnarok may mean apocalypse and end of days in Norse mythology, but that does not prevent Thor from projecting a playful and FUN demeanor in this, his third screen adventure .
Super anatomy, brains, and quick wit? More Thor!
Oldsters Steal the Show
This vintage princess/queen applauds the attention paid to heroes and villains of all ages. Finally! Enter 48-year-old Oscar winner Cate Blanchett as the kick-butt Hela, Goddess of Death. And Thor’s long lost sister. This first female lead villain in the Marvel franchise is athletic, gorgeous, strong, and approaching 50 years of age. She is poetry in motion, in the most evil of ways. Win one for the bad guys- she’s “Hela Good.”
This should sum up her awesome powers perfectly:
Another Thor newcomer, 65-year-old Jeff Goldblum fittingly plays 14-billion-year-old Sakaarian dictator Grandmaster. It is classic, over-the-top and subtle hilarity from this veteran actor. This scene-stealer had the theater audience going nuts rooting for him! Another villain win.
Oscar winner and 80-year-old Anthony Hopkins, Thor’s father and Asgard’s patriarch, reprises his role as Odin. Though he makes a cameo performance here, his wise old dad self imparts the wisdom that his son needs to save himself. And his civilization.
The Fiercest Super Hero Weapons Come From Within…
It is not hair nor hammer, that may save the day, but self discovery… Press releases have hinted at this hammer-less version of Thor. And I like it.
And not a Disney prince in sight.
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THOR: RAGNAROK opens in theaters everywhere November 3rd!
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