Thor: Ragnarok Synopsis: Imprisoned, the almighty 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.
Tagline: No Hammer. No Problem.
Release Date: November 3rd, 2017 | Runtime: 2 hr 10 min | Coolthulhus Earned: 3
Thor: Ragnarok Review
When I first walked out of Thor Ragnarok, I was fairly happy with my viewing experience. The little bit and I both agreed that it was better than the previous films, but not fantastic. A four star rating seemed about accurate for it. But, as time went on and I got some distance from the viewing experience, I realized that I wasn’t as fond of the film as I initially thought. Still definitely better than the last few Marvel movies, I’ve seen, though!
Chris Hemsworth shone in this film. He consistently kept me amused with his delivery, even if some of his lines felt a bit forced. I think he has a solid sense of timing, and he’s obviously not afraid to make a fool of himself. He’s owned the Thor role in such a way that I think it will be very difficult for anyone to ever try to step into his shoes.
Hiddleston’s Loki had me cackling at a few parts in Thor: Ragnarok. His funniest part is probably a few seconds that actually involve him not saying a word. His posture and the look on his face tell you all that you need to know. I don’t like his character overall, but dear Cthulhu, that was awesome. I’m snickering again just writing it up.
Mark Ruffalo as both Banner and The Hulk was one of the weakest performances in the film to me. Although, considering his job as Hulk is probably just voice acting, perhaps that is not being entirely fair to him. When he’s not in Hulk mode, he just felt tepid in comparison to his previous performances. Knowing he’s capable of more just left me feeling vaguely sorry for him in this one.
I just didn’t particularly like Hulk as he was displayed, and neither did my partner. It felt like we were supposed to laugh at the tired old cliche that someone who is physically strong must also be rather stupid. I didn’t mind it so much when he wasn’t speaking, I think, just because he was a manifestation of rage and therefore it was okay in a way. But the speaking thing and having him act like a petulant two year old just bored me, to be quite frank. I passed the “laughing at the big, dumb idiot” stage several years ago.
The humor in Thor: Ragnarok was, as usual, quite hit or miss. They definitely aimed for the lowest possible bar on funny several times. From literally falling down drunk to tight pants cracks, to gigantic anuses, it’s all there. Without Hemsworth and Hiddleston to carry the film, this could have been just another tried-too-hard Marvel movie. But their presence, combined with smaller cast of characters that didn’t all need their time to shine with the funny quips and whatnot, made it better.
Overall, Thor: Ragnarok was entertaining. In terms of don’t-think-just-veg, it succeeds fairly well. It’s not a movie I would buy, or go to the theaters more than once to see, but it was worth the cost of admission for a single viewing. It just wasn’t as great as so many of the reviews had made it out to be. (Or I’m just getting pickier and harder to please. That could have something to do with it.)
Because Miss L wants to do a review as well, here is what she says:
I would give Thor: Ragnarok 4 stars. Because, overall, it was kind of funny. My favorite funny part was when -mommy redacted to avoid spoilers- was running around in the never-ending circle passing -mommy redacted again-. But there was some parts that didn’t come into funniness.
My favorite character was the blue rock guy. I liked Thor too. I don’t know what I thought of the bad guy. Sometimes they didn’t seem like they would be so bad. There was no scary parts in it, though. And there was no triggers.
It was really loud.
But overall, I liked it.