THOR: RAGNAROK is easily the best Thor film out of the three, no question. Let’s get my rank of them out of the way: 3, 1, 2. Let’s also call out the elephant in the room: Thor The Dark World Sucks, in fact, I can’t decide whether that or Iron Man 2 is the worst Marvel MCU film. But that doesn’t mean that Thor Ragnorak even ranks close to that low. It’s wonderful. Wonderfully fun, and is in the top tier of Marvel movies such as the first Avengers, the first Iron Man, Winter Soldier, Civil War, Spider-Man Homecoming, and Guardians of the Galaxy. It’s the funniest MCU film since Guardians of the Galaxy. It is just an ingenious soft reboot of a character that even Chris Hemsworth admitted was starting to get scale. In this film, Hemsworth finally gets to release his inner charm and comedian, and it works wonders.
Here’s the thing we all know about MCU movies, they usually all fall under a consistent formula, I mean, why stop what is working? And they still have a minor villain problem. The villains this year, including Michael Keaton, the secret villain in Guardians 2, and Cate Blanchett are a step in the right direction. Since we have those two minor faults with MCU movies, it is the journey and execution that MUST matter. With Thor: Ragnorak, the journey is so incredible that you forget the formula and the fact that Cate Blanchett (has she aged in the past 15 years? I don’t think so, she still looks incredible) should’ve been in the movie much more than she actually is. Everybody in this movie looked like they had a lot of fun, and that probably had to do with the director.
You don’t know him, or if you are a film geek like me, you might actually know him quite a bit, with this, he is going to be thrust in to the big leagues. Taika Waititi, he has done movies such as The Hunt For The Wilderpeople and What We Do In The Shadows, brings his unique weirdness, quirkiness, and charm to Thor, and boy did it need it. The Thor movies were taking themselves too seriously. The first movie was colorful if really stale in terms of plot. The second movie was dark and super stale, but with this third film, everything is bright, energetic, a giant needle filled with adrenaline kicked up to the max. The jokes, action, story beats, are a mile a minute, and it doesn’t even stop until the end credits roll. The movie basically takes Thor versus his sister Hela who is trying to take over Asgard and then starting to rule everything in the universe that she doesn’t. Pretty simple.
But then we add multiple worlds, some great A-lister cameos (including some that aren’t just other Avengers), Jeff Goldblum going ultimate Jeff Goldblum, a cool trash world, some excellent action, great soundtrack and really great special effects. Chris Hemsworth has completely, I guess you can say retooled Thor, where he isn’t all serious and brooding the whole time, he has some, pun intended, major spark, and charismatically comes into the forefront of Marvel superheroes. Hulk is awesome here too. Tessa Thompson steals every scene she is in as Valkyrie, Tom Hiddleston does his thing to melt women’s hearts everywhere, and Jeff Goldblum was basically told by the director to just be himself. If you love Jeff Goldblum going bull Jeff Goldblum, look no further. I think he was having the most fun with this film. Anthony Hopkins is the only person in this that screams paycheck. And Cate Blanchett is a great villain in this, unfortunately a little halfway into the films she disappears for a little too long. Would’ve liked to see more of her, because she was menacing in this. Karl Urban is almost unrecognizable and Idris Elba, while not in this much, makes his presence known.
If there is one thing I didn’t like is that the movie does kill off several minor characters we have seen before like it is no thing, and I didn’t really appreciate that much. Granted those characters were not too much in the other MCU movies, but it’s like the writer of this film was just trying to find a way to never have to worry about them again. You’ll know it when you see it. Just a little disheartening.
Anyway, you know you are going to see it. Especially if you are a Marvel MCU completist. If you are on the fence…I can see why. You didn’t care for the first two. This one will completely change your mind, I promise you. Everything about it is great, and so much fun that this is one of the Marvel films you could watch over and over again without ever getting tired of it. Thor: Ragnarok rocks. ‘Nuff said.