Thor: Ragnarok was even better a second time around to watch this month. The film was first released early November and was not scheduled to appear in the 37th annual HIFF film line-up. Close to the end of the festival, the Halekulani announced that they would be added the film to the line-up as a special screening program followed by a Q & A session with the director of Thor: Ragnarok, Tika Waititi. Tika Waititi was one of the Honorees of the film festival this year and was awarded the PIC Trail Blazer Award.
“The Hawaii International Film Festival’s PIC Trailblazer Award is given to a cinema artist of Pacific Islander heritage who broadens the scope of Pacific Islander stories onto the world stage, producing award-winning work in independent and global cinema, becoming a trendsetter in their field and a cultural ambassador that shines a spotlight on Pacific Islander culture in mainstream media.” -Presented by Halekulani
The film is a must see this year, especially with the well-known collaborations going on between Marvel superheroes. In this movie, Thor is faced with another superhero recognized throughout the Marvel universe, The Incredible Hulk. The film starts off with Thor returning back to his home realm of Asgard after defeating a mighty hell demon from another world. Upon returning, Thor notices that his home is completely decorated with statues and appraises of his supposedly dead brother, Loki. Only to find out that Loki is the one behind the madness and that he has sent their father to live on Earth.
With their father gone, Asgard has become vulnerable to attacks and soon after his death follows. Following the death of their father a new character is introduced, a long lost sister of theirs that they had no clue existed until the death of their father. Hela (sister) is more powerful than Thor and Loki put together, she demands that the throne belongs to her and will not accept otherwise. Soon after a fight breaks out, Thor and Loki are lost on another planet and are soon trapped in Ragnarok with more surprises along the way.