With one of the most exciting trailers of the year, Thor: Ragnarok was one of the most highly anticipated movies for superhero fans everywhere. Well, opening weekend is here and the fans won’t be disappointed. Marvel is back and better than ever.
With all of the issues I’ve had recently with some Marvel movies, I went into the theatre for Ragnarok with nothing but excitement. I’m a big fan of the Thor movies and with the Hulk, I couldn’t see how this movie could fail. While I do have some minor nitpicks I noticed that I wasn’t crazy about, this movie has landed among the greats of the superhero genre.
The key aspect of this movie is comedy. Above all else, expect to laugh so hard your face hurts. Thor has always had major comedic potential and I’m glad Marvel is fully showcasing it. Hemsworth’s spot on timing and and incredible delivery shines again as he slays the funniest hero movie Marvel has released yet. Every character got the chance to get a laugh out of the audience as nearly every scene had laugh-out-loud moments. Of course one actor got the chance to prove their comedic chops as two different characters as Banner and Hulk got some one-on-one time with Thor.
Seeing Hulk again should be enough to get seats filled, but Marvel spoiled us with even more. Seeing multiple characters but in a less chaotic and overwhelming situation, compared to the likes of an Avengers movie was both refreshing and satisfying. We got to catch up on many aspects of the Marvel world in a more intimate way. Banner’s struggle with Hulk continues, Doctor Strange finally seems invested in the superhero universe yet is as selfish as ever, and Loki is still a mischievous mastermind with a soft spot buried deep for his brother.
Heroes and villains aside, this movie had a great cast. Cate Blanchett rocks the role of Hela. She nails being the psycho, entitled older sibling. With some previous experience being a highly powerful immortal being, the role fit wonderfully. Of course I couldn’t do this movie justice without discussing Jeff Goldblum. Like everything else in this movie, his Grandmaster was hilarious. He was predictably unpredictable and a quirky hypocrite. Any scene with him was set in stone as a good one.
While the movie could primarily be listed as a comedy, it still had plenty of heart. We’ve seen Thor take a back seat to the other Avengers in previous movies but now he gets his time to shine. He takes on the role of leadership and under his somewhat stupid and semi-arrogant nature, matures a lot throughout the movie. Loki and his brother share just as many tender moments as they do mischievous ones and we see their family dynamic in a way we never have before.
With its retro vibe, the poster for this movie is one of my new favorites, if not my favorite, from the Marvel catalog. It’s bold, it’s unique, and it’s not just a close up of the main hero. Not only does the poster have some major character, the soundtrack does as well. Following the retro theme, this soundtrack mixes some classic 60s and 70s sounds with an epic score. It’s interesting and exciting enough to listen to outside of the movie and jam out to.
Technically speaking, this movie was spectacular. There was never a noticeably awkward moment with Hulk’s CGI, which is no small feat. He looked nearly as realistic as every actor in the movie. Marvel loves to wow us with immersive worlds, beautiful stills and yet again they delivered. Asgard was breathtaking to see in a wide shot, the new worlds we saw were massive and unique, and every high speed scene made you want to slow down the movie to notice all the details.
There were only two scenes in the entire movie that I felt looked a bit fake. The scene on the cliffs overlooking the beach could have been filmed on location and was edited in a way that didn’t sit well with me but this was a minor scene that caught me off guard. The only other instance I could tell CGI was heavily used was during one of Hela’s earlier fight scenes. It’s understandable with such a huge scene to use CGI but it did take me out of the moment.
Neither of these scenes were bad in any way, it’s actually quite a feat that in such a huge movie there weren’t more. With so little CGI awkwardness and a few continuity errors with hair or minor details, Marvel again washes out the competition with such realistic fantastical worlds and characters.
If you had any doubts about this movie or were considering waiting for it to leave the theatres before watching it, just go. It’s beautiful enough to justify an overpriced ticket. With massive fight scenes, side splitting humor, and one of the best stories Marvel has put out recently, Thor: Ragnarok is a must see as a new superhero classic.
Let me know what you thought of the movie. Do you think Marvel outdid themselves? How do you like it compared to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Spiderman Homecoming, their other recent releases? As always, if you have any recommendations, I’d love to hear them and check them out. See you soon!