The Best Marvel Movie Yet?
Thor: Ragnarok (2017): Imprisoned, the mighty Thor finds himself in a lethal gladiatorial contest against the Hulk, his former ally. Thor must fight for survival and race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela from destroying his home and the Asgardian civilization.
Hey, look! A superhero movie done the way a superhero movie should be done! Light, refreshing, and fun to watch, filled with charming and charismatic leads and a great villain. It seems simple, right? Well, that's exactly what Thor: Ragnarok is. This film, which is the only Thor film worth watching, moves briskly through its 130 minute run-time and is full of witty dialogue spoken by a cast that just seeps charisma, even from its relative newcommers. I mean in a cast that consists of Tom Hiddleston, Chris Hemsworth, Cate Blanchett and Jeff Goldblum, (oh, and an AMAZING cameo) you know you have lightning in a bottle when Tessa Thompson steals the show. In other news.....welcome to Hollywood, Tessa Thompson. And welcome to A-list status, Taika Waititi. What a great choice to have him direct this!
So, what makes this movie so good? Well pretty much the entire planet has already seen this sucker, but by far the biggest thing is the fact that it's FUNNY. This movie is laugh out loud funny from start to finish. It might as well be considered a comedy.....and honestly it was funnier than Guardians 2. Now this humor does hurt it at points, as the heroes would be in a life threatening situation and still spouting off one-liners, but is that really that big a deal? No. Also, this movie is colorful! I mean just look at the pic above. So many different colors. All the suits are diverse and are quite nice to look at. The movie is well acted by all parties involved, with Tessa Thompson leading the way. But really the strength of this movie can be traced to director Taika Waititi. Marvel took a big risk with this guy.....before this movie, his highest grossing film made somewhere around $5 million. But the guys over at Marvel knocked this one out of the park, as having Taika direct was a superb choice. I expect he'll have a lot more directing gigs in the future. Also, and this is just a minor thing, but I LOVED the fact that Doctor Strange was in this. It was a brief cameo, sure, but I just really appreciated the fact that FOR ONCE someone did something in the MCU, and another superhero actually acknowledged it! THANK YOU.
There's not much to say that's bad about this film. I guess my biggest complaint is that there's not enough of the villain in it. I LOVED Cate Blanchett as Hela. She's an extremely strong villain, but was not in this film NEARLY enough. It's really funny to me that this is the case, because a typical complaint of Marvel movies is that they have a very underwhelming villain. Well here, they finally have a great villain, but they just don't feature her enough! Geez, guys! Other than that, I guess the only thing I can say is I am starting to get fatigued as a whole about superhero movies. I'll keep seeing them, obviously, but it's getting harder and harder for me to not look at the latest Marvel movie as "just another Marvel movie," and I have a feeling that outside of Avengers: Infinity War, that feeling is just going to get worse and worse as time goes on. But still. This is a great movie, and that complaint doesn't do anything to diminish that. Just.....don't forget about other movies, please?
The Critique: Taika Waititi directs another strong addition to the Marvel franchise filled with great humor and entertaining action.
The Recommendation: At this point, I might as well ask.....who isn't going to see this movie?
The Verdict: 8/10 Great
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