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'Thor: Ragnarok' Is Hela Good

The comic sensibility of director Taika Waititi — and a lush, airbrushed-van visual aesthetic — make this the funniest and prettiest Marvel film yet.
A Star is Shorn: Chris Hemsworth's God of Thunder gets a cosmic makeover in Thor: Ragnarok. Source: Marvel

Ragnarok, an incontrovertibly bitchin' word that refers in Norse myth to the final, winner-take-all smackdown between good and evil, is an awfully heavy subtitle for a movie as affably insubstantial as The Mighty Thor's mighty third.

Catching us up on what your friendly neighborhood Thunder-God (and your friendly neighborhood Incredible Hulk) were doing while they were absent from last year's the movie earns the backhanded compliment of being the best picture by an Asgardian mile, and the more sincere one of being not in the least a chore to sit through. It's funnier and prettier than most of the other Marvel movies, having figured out that adopting the visualsoundtrack Ragna-rocks (I am getting choked up thinking about all the 10-year-olds who will see this thing and shortly thereafter download their very first Led Zep.)

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