Monday, April 10, 2017
Geektified's review of the Thor: Ragnarok trailer
By Jim Scroggs
April 10, 2017
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It's funny how this trailer dropped today because the last few weeks, I've said to friends and family that expect a trailer for this film soon. I mean, it's seven months out and we hadn't gotten anything. But now we've gotten our first look at some amazing characters and pretty sweet moments, so let's dive into the retro-ness that is the Thor:Ragnarok trailer, shall we?
The trailer opens with a shot of someone being dangled down into a cavern. Turns out, that someone is our favorite god of thunder. Thor's voice is heard saying "I know what you're thinking. How did this happen?" The next shot is someone walking toward the camera but it cuts off right before we see their face. Thor throws Mjolnir and is caught by a bare hand. Let that sink in for a second. Someone caught Mjolnir. Cuts to black and Thor continues his sentence by saying "Well, it's a long story" and then fades up to the first glimpse of Cate Blanchett as Hela as she is stopping Mjolnir, in mid throw mind you, with a smirk on her face. She then channels energy to destroy the hammer and that's why we've seen Thor wield other weapons in the concept art for Infinity War. The pieces of hammer hit the floor, the Marvel Studios logo pops up, the amazing sounds of Led Zepplelin's "Immigrant Song" take over and transitions into another style of logo, similar to what was shown in the first GOTG Vol 2 trailer. It's a blue background with the words being beams of light and it definitely is in tune with what this trailer is.
Hella is shown again, this time in full headdress with the look of a 20 point buck (that's for my southern friends who hunt) and we also see Asgard but before Hela starts her take over. There's an Asgardian army ready for battle as she approaches them but she already claims that Asgard is dead. She pops her sword, a wave of fire and destruction rushes over Asgard but Thor is shown landing on another planet or city that has a bit of a Guardians of the Galaxy feel to it so he greets the natives but is promptly captured in an electric net. Our first look at Tessa Thompson's Valkyrie is of her dragging Thor away. The next few shots are a little out of place in a way but nothing bad by any means. Hela is shown in battle, possibly in Hel but it looks spectacular. A ship flies across a body of water then Thor is shown being drug and placed into a chair with some restraints to get his hair cut as Valkyrie walks away.
This is a sentence I've waited so long to type out. We see our first look at Jeff Goldblum as The Grandmaster and he's wanting to know what Valkyrie brought him. Her response: "A Contender" as a shot of Thor being taken away is shown. The next shot kind of surprised me at first considering who I thought it was. It's Heimdall, played by Idris Elba fighting in the wilderness but at first, It looked an awful lot like Bishop from Days of Future Past. I'm glad that Heimdal is here and I really hope he gets more to do and is used better. The next few shots are of a ship flying across a body of water, Karl Urban as Skurge shooting weapons at someone, Hela doing a back flip in the Asgard battle scene and Loki flipping daggers in his hands looking into the camera.
The voice of the Grandmaster is heard declaring "It's main event time" as Thor walks into the arena with shorter hair and red face paint. The door across from him opens, he puts on the helmet, The Grandmaster announces "And now, I give you, your incredible' and the door is smashed open by The Hulk as he roars to enter the arena dressed in battle armor. This is easily the best part of the trailer, even topping the destruction of Mjolnir. Thor's face lights up with joy and shouts "Yes!!!" Nobody else understands, especially The Grandmaster who looks confused with Loki sitting with him. Thor declares "We know each other. He's a friend from work" Hulk might not like that very much and Thor backs away. The ending sequence is Thor and Hulk running to each other ready to fight.
The Thor films have been a hard egg to crack and rightfully so. It wasn't quite Lord of the Rings or even Game of Thrones but I think with Taika Waititi and his vision, this will be the crazy, adrenaline filled ride that this franchise has needed but to be quite honest, I wanted a weird, metal and retro Thor movie and that's exactly what this is. Add that vision with the cast of Jeff Goldblum, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett and an appearance from (Spoiler) Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange, I really think Ragnarok will be the perfect lead in to Infinity War in May of 2018.
Thor:Ragnarok hits theaters on November 3, 2017