Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Thor's Back, Baby

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Thor's Back, Baby

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Byline: Darren Hallesy darren.hallesy@qt.com.au

Thor: Ragnarok

Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Cate Blanchett, Tessa Thompson, Idris Elba, Tom Hiddleston, Karl Urban, Jeff Goldblum.

Director: Taika Waititi

Rating: TBA

Reviewer: Darren Hallesy

Verdict: 4/5 stars

WHEN Chris Hemsworth first appeared as Thor, he probably had no idea just how big a ride he was in for as the muscled God of Thunder.

While the first movie was a ton of fun in 2011, the sequel The Dark World in 2013 while successful, was a bit of a drag. Now, in 2017 has the four years away from the character given Thor a new lease on life?

Filmed in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast, the latest instalment of the Marvel franchise finds our muscled former Home and Away star Chris Hemsworth returning to the role that made him a superstar.

Far away from Earth and his home world of Asgard, Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok, the destruction of his homeworld. Held captive by the powerful Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum) who offers his fans fights to the death, Thor must survive a battle against the current champion (The Hulk) while somehow finding a way to escape and get back home

If he fails, then it will mean the end of Asgardian civilisation at the hands of an all-powerful new threat -- the ruthless Hela (Cate Blanchett) who plans to start with Asgard, then dominate the universe once again.

After losing his hammer, and getting his butt whooped, Thor realises that he will need help to take down Hela and sets about recruiting a team willing to band together to do what has to be done.

In short that's the plot, and while it seems a bit light summarising it here, it really doesn't matter because this movie flows so well, with no chance to catch your breath. …

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