Thor: Ragnarök is a musical masterpiece (Movie Review)
I wrote this many years ago and did not publish. So I will now.
From the trailer to the movie, I can’t believe how good the musical score was in Thor Ragnarök movie. It made me feel like a kid again. I don’t think I had this much fun in a long time from watching a superhero flick. Most of these types of movies are drowning in intense soundtrack and very touchy-feely. The closest one I can think of right now is the Dead-pool movie. But it’s more of an anti-hero movie than a hero movie. From the awkward Thor moments to the perfectly placed fight sequences, it was like playing a one awesome video game. It was more of an adventure movie than a hero fights villain movie. I laughed so hard when Thor was hanging around his chains and misses that timing on the hammer return. I love the way he pays no attention to Surtur and his prophecy. Because he knew he was going to find out a way. In a way, he was cocky, but in a good way. As soon as the hammer returns, he breaks off the chain, the Led Zeppelin’s Immigrant song hits you. That gave me the chills to the bone.
What makes that song special?
Well, other than it’s perfectly placed, it gives a feeling of fulfilment, enjoyment, and a feeling of chase or an escape. Which was perfect. Another major thing to note that it was when Thor was at his full power and boasting with such confidence and hope.
Then in the next scene and onwards we see that his father was dying, Loki is still alive, his sister returns and crushes his hammer and his hope altogether. He gets stranded in Sakaar for the most part of the movie. I don’t want to ruin the plot, so I will stop right here. Now the same song is used the second time when he fights Hela, and he has a vision of his father reminding him of his destiny. He reminds him that he is the god of thunder and Thor finally realizes it and blasts her with lightning and descends on to the skeleton warriors with Immigrant song playing in the background. That’s when you know that Thor has returned.
He got his faith back as well as his powers, and he is stronger than ever. I think that’s Ragnarök. The movie tells us the Asgard is its people, not the place. But there is one more fact that the whole prophecy is not just about Asgard but also about Thor and his Ragnarök. To leave the Thor odinson behind and let the Thor king of Asgard be born.
This entire setting is familiar to the Spider-Man 2 movie. Peter loses his powers and goes on a journey to discover himself and get it back with a few months worth of a difference in perspective.
So why was this so important to me. For the most part, I believe as humans, we will have ups and downs. For all the time we are being looked down upon ourselves and times we lose faith, we still have to look forward and push towards. Yes, there are times when we lose hope. We lose our way. But with help and some self discovery we will attain it back, but it not be the same as before. It will be different. It will be better. It will be stronger. All we have to do is to keep our faith and push forward.
I also, got introduced to synthwave from this movie and has quickly become my favourite genre in the past couple of years, along with lo-fi, EDM, 80s rock and chill.