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Thor: Ragnarok is One Hela-of-a-Fantastic Movie!

THOR: RAGNAROK is now playing in theaters everywhere!

Thor: Ragnarok is one Hela-of-a AWESOME movie! Don’t see Thor: Ragnarok because Chris Hemsworth is one Hela-of a hot man, Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) is one Hela-of-a friend, Loki (Thomas Hiddleston) is the brother that you hate to love, or Cate Blanchett, playing Hela, is one Hela-of-a BAD ASS. No, not any of these, see it because it’s a freaking stupendous! Thor: Ragnarok is so much more than a comic book story, it’s about family, loyalty, friendship and fearing the unknown is perfectly normal, you have to push through to come out the other side.

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Loki (Thomas Hiddleston ) sending Odin, his father (Anthony Hopkins) away, broke my heart. As the movie progressed I'm reminded that as we grow older, so do our parents. It’s important to not cast our family members aside, if we may keep them close by, then do so, we don’t know how much longer we’ll have them around. Let alone, what’s in store for us, family is everything. Family doesn't have to blood, family is whom you choose as your friends, whom you have in your life, love them hard, be grateful for every second, the good and the bad, this is what bonds us. Memories, love, hopes, and dreams.

The dynamics between Loki and Thor is your typical love, hate, envious brotherly relationship. Those closest to us know how to push our button, hide secrets and play mind games with us. Thor: Ragnarok underlying storyline is about family, love, and acceptance. No matter what family secrets are lurking in the closet, face them head on because, in a moment, everything you thought you knew about your world and family can be turned on its head. A family secret can erupt at any moment, which brings us to our BadAss character played by Cate Blanchett, who is Hela - the Goddess of Death!

I loved Hela, yes, she’s the Goddess of death but let me tell you, I felt her pain. She was used by her father to do his dirty work, then locked away because he had accomplished what he needed and completely erased her from the family line. You bet she’s pissed, rightfully so, wouldn’t you? Hela is not a woman to be messed with, her anger, determination and sheer hate had consumed every fiber of her body. Being imprisoned for years, allowed the fury inside her soul ignite to a point where it was unextinguishable.

Now, here’s the breakdown of the Thor: Ragnarok cast, buckle up, you’re in for a ride. Thor crash-lands on a junkyard planet called Sakaar, where he reunites with old friends Hulk/Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo,) and makes new ones along the way. Tessa Thompson is mind-blowing as an alcoholic, bitter Asgardian Valkyrie, oof, so much resentment and conflict within her, she nailed it. Karl Urban who plays Hela henchman (FYI: extremely handsome) is the good guy, his kind eyes will keep you in a trance. Taika Waititi is an eight-foot-tall rock creature/monster, Korg, who steals all the scenes he’s in with his funny one-liners. But the piece de resistance, Jeff Goldblum as the Grandmaster, the eccentric alien dictator of a scrapyard planet his off the cuff mannerism, weird disposition, quirky attitude and just downright an oddball is the BEST! I wonder if Mr. Goldblum has these character traits in real life, he played the part to perfection.

Here’s the thing the movie is not only entertaining but funny. The opening scene Thor in a cage hanging upside down and he’s talking to us, the audience, “Oh no, Thor’s in a cage! How did this happen?” From the beginning to the end, you’ll either be laughing or in wonderment in what’s happening. Thor: Ragnarok must NOT be missed, you’ll love it. I will tell you, kiddos age 8 and up would be fine in seeing this movie, some of the fight scenes might be a little much for a younger child. From Thor (2011,) Thor: The Dark World (2013,) to now, Thor: Ragnarok, this is one is outstanding.

I want to take a moment and thank Disney for giving me the opportunity to pre-screen Thor: Ragnarok and attend the Press Junket. It's an honor and privilege to be included, I’m so very grateful for it. Can’t wait to hear from you and what you thought about Thor: Ragnarok, email me once you’ve seen it. x

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