The long-awaited Thor: Ragnarok is close to being released. Fans have been clamoring for any information and spoilers about the movie. Now our review is in, and it’s pretty funny and entertaining. But there are still some misses in the possible hit.
Here are seven things we took from Thor: Ragnarok and why its hilarity might also be its weakness. Warning: There are some light spoilers ahead!
1. Thor: Ragnarok has lots of laughs with some action
The movie follows Marvel’s formula of going self-aware and funny like Iron Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Spider-Man: Homecoming. The movie even starts off with Thor in a cage and in chains making fun of his predicament. This tone continues almost throughout the entirety of the movie, which is somewhat a good thing.
After all, if you can’t go totally dark like The Dark Knight, then poking into the absurdity of the God of Thunder bickering with his siblings is a good way to go. Thor, throughout the movie, is powerful yet a goofball. He is often hurting himself with his own power and from being unaware of new surroundings.
Then, of course, Marvel tries to tie the new movie to its universe. This can come off as an obvious plug for other movies, but in this case, it worked, as other characters, like Doctor Strange, are brought into the fold to push along the story. However, there is a downfall to Marvel switching hard to comedy with this installment.
2. Too much time is spent on obvious jokes and reveals
The movie has the runtime of 130 minutes, and that can easily be shortened. There is a point in the middle of the movie where some characters don’t know that Bruce Banner and the Hulk are one and the same. That’s understandable, but there is far too much time spent on jokes about why Banner seems so oddly familiar to the stranger who knows the Hulk. This would be fine if it paid off at the reveal, but it just wasn’t great so it felt like a waste of time.
There are other obvious jokes that the movie goes for, like what “Asgard” sounds like. Sure, it’s a weird name, but something we as an audience had to get over a long time ago.
3. Hela is an amazing villain who doesn’t have enough time with equally powerful characters
These movies are often as good as their villains. Hela is amazing, given she’s the Goddess of Death and has a long history with Odin. But a lot of her screen time is spent explaining that history, as well as terrorizing the people of Asgard while Thor and Loki are away.
Her terror mostly goes unchallenged, which is a missed opportunity for more action scenes that show what she can do.
4. The movie lacks heart
It’s hard to balance the tone of these movies. This one leans so hard on being light and funny that it’s easy to overlook the big emotional beats.
Early on in the movie, there is a big loss but we never get a breath to digest it. Hela’s entrance immediately happens, and our hero is set off on his new mission.
5. Jeff Goldblum as Grandmaster is a delight
There are a few cameos in Thor: Ragnarok, but Jeff Goldblum has been a big part of the movie’s promotion. This was a smart move, given his character plays a considerable part and is great every moment he is on screen.
Goldblum is a villain who doesn’t take himself too seriously. He’s eccentric and a huge fan of the Hulk, but still very dangerous.
6. Valkyrie leaves you wanting more
This movie is undoubtedly Valkyrie’s big introduction. She starts off not on good terms with Thor, but their relationship changes by the end of the movie. Valkyrie’s backstory is shared, but there is still a lot left to be seen about her character.
The good thing is that it’s obvious she is meant to return in the future, so her being on the sidelines this time is understandable.
7. The movie acknowledges its characters’ weaknesses with no hope of change
Loki is a fan favorite, and the reason why still comes across in this movie. He is still giving Thor a hard time even when they are supposed to be working together. But there is a point in the movie where it is acknowledged that Loki is always up to the same tricks.
He always turns on his brother at some point. He can’t ever just do the right thing. So when Thor points out to Loki his lack of growth, there feels like a real moment and opportunity there. However, there is no promise of this character growing in the future so it feels very empty.
8. The movie sets Thor, Loki, and Asgard in a new direction
In the past, Marvel has made some movies that posed interesting questions or dilemmas but gave no answers like in Captain America: Civil War. The good thing is, this isn’t the case for Thor: Ragnarok.
There are consequences to what happens in the movie, and it sets off our characters in a different direction that will leave you wondering what’s next.
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