“Kneel before your queen.“
I enjoyed the first Thor movie and its epic feel that really hasn’t been replicated in other Marvel movies, despite some pacing issues. The second one was fine, shining in the interactions between Thor and Loki amid a serviceable but somewhat lackluster plot and paint by numbers villain.
Third time is the charm here, and this was a flat out blast. Ragnarok feels like a music video come to life in places in the best way possible. Thor and Loki again provide the movie’s emotional core, and with a logical plot that still manages a couple of nice twists and a larger than life antagonist the layered story shines. Of course on top of all of that are healthy layers of action and humor.
Said humor largely works and several awesome moments had me unexpectedly laughing out loud. However in other parts it admittedly tries way too hard, and the characterization of a certain green supporting cast member felt really odd, with depth and consistency often sacrificed for running gags. The movie also drags just a touch in the middle and the use and/or absence of certain characters from the previous movies was … interesting. On the other hand, there are also great new cast additions.
Overall though I thought this was fantastic, with a strong story featuring compelling characters and numerous fun moments.
4 replies on “Thor: Ragnarok Review”
I’m just glad that Portman isn’t in this movie. I could not STAND her in the previous 2 movies and when I heard that she wasn’t going to be in this, I was thinking “I might actually like this movie.”
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I wasn’t a fan of her performances either, but a lot of that had to do with her being given pretty lousy material to work with. In some ways it’s better she’s not back for this one, but on the other hand given what a key character she played I admit I would have liked more than a throw away joke to explain her absence.
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