Superhero movies have been taking the world by storm (pun intended) lately and Thor Ragnarok is no exception. Chris Hemsworth is a handsome guy and does a pretty good job as Thor in all his movies. This one was a little different, though.
I feel like it has always been implied that Thor has a sense of humor, but this movie may have been pushing the boundaries. We saw it recently in a Marvel movie with Deadpool being heavy on sarcasm and humor and Thor Ragnarok certainly followed this model.
Hemsworth, however, is not as natural in his delivery and some of the writing seemed like a stretch and force for laughs. Maybe I am not a big enough superhero enthusiast to get them all because a group of girls on the other side of the theatre was loving it.
We are introduced to a new character in this movie, a relative of Thor’s. I will omit names and major details but it was one of the twists I didn’t see coming. This character is all-powerful and quickly becomes the antagonist.
The battle that every Marvel and DC movie faces is cheesiness and this is one that I think this movie won. However, the fight scenes were well placed and not overdone and it seemed like every time you got bored a fight scene came up.
I will say this movie had a ton of build-up that seemed unnecessary. Maybe it was because I was tired, but I kept checking the time waiting for what I thought would be the last scene. Now, 2 hours and 15 minutes is not too long for a movie, but you need to be led along through it and not have it plopped on you all at once.
Also, I’m not sure I picked up on the theme of what Ragnarok was. It was mentioned in the opening scene but not expanded on or even brought up again until the final scene.
Now let’s talk about Loki. Pretty much everyone hates him, right? Well then let me be the minority here and say that I’m a fan. He has a pretty unlikeable personality but there’s this feeling through the whole movie that eventually he’s going to do something good.
My favorite character of all time and maybe the most likeable movie character is Corg. He’s like Groot, if Groot could talk, and literally everything he said had me in stitches.
Overall this movie is a 3.5/5 because it was fun and I can’t give Corg anything less or I would be doing him a massive injustice. I might have rated it higher if the comedy wasn’t as forced but overall it was still one of the better superhero movies I’ve seen recently.
If you’re trying to decide whether to see Thor Ragnarok or not I think it’s worth the trip to the movies. Don’t stream it, but don’t go late at night because you might fall asleep.
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