Alright, quick disclaimer: I adore the Thor films, and I have been waiting for this movie since it was announced. That being said…
Let’s start with the God of Thunder himself. I think it’s safe to say that the last two Thor movies weren’t great. They were an enjoyable two hours of your life, but they were just okay. And, trying not to be biased here, Loki definitely carried the films. This one, though, make you root for Thor not because he’s next to Hiddleston, but because Chris Hemsworth was able to explore. Thor has had funny quips in the past, but this was a new, fresh take on the character. And it worked magnificently. Chris Hemsworth delivered each line brilliantly, and didn’t make you feel like “funny” Thor and “serious” Thor were two completely different characters, which I think could have been an easy mistake with this film. I feel like this is the Thor we have been waiting to see on the big screen.
Speaking of humour, this film is full of it. The trailers and sneak peeks made me excited, and I knew it was going to be funny, but I have to admit, I was a bit skeptical. It didn’t seem like this kind of humour fit the Thor we know and love. Or Hulk for that matter. But, oh, how wrong I was. All of the jokes were perfectly timed, brilliantly delivered, and hilarious. I’ve seen it twice in the past two days (whoops) and both showings the whole crowd was laughing almost the whole movie.
Another unexpected perfect fit was Hulk/Bruce Banner in this movie. He fit so brilliantly, it almost makes you wonder why they hadn’t done this team-up before. The Doctor Strange cameo didn’t fit quite as well, but it was a nice addition that really helped move the story along without a really conveniently placed plot device.
Moving on to the new characters: Hela, Valkyrie, Skurge, the Grandmaster, and Korg. Cate Blanchett was incredible as Hela. Hopefully Marvel’s days of bad villains is behind them. Hela was horrible, didn’t have a random fatal weakness, and brought some amazing Asgard backstory along with her, a worthy adversary for Thor. Her henchman, if you will, Skurge was a really nice addition as well. He was a much more compelling character than the trailers have let us believe, and he is played spectacularly by Karl Urban. Thor’s new teammate Valkyrie, played by the wonderful Tessa Thompson, brought a previously overlooked part of the original mythology and also kicked some butt. She fit right in with the team, and I really hope to see more of her in the future. Now Korg. Korg was the unexpected icing on the cake. Played brilliantly by director Taika Waititi, he brings the most laughs. He’s a lovable character, despite being a pile of rocks, and honestly is just there for comedy, but it’s such good comedy. He was wonderful. Finally, Jeff Goldblum, who, like every movie he does, played himself, but did it wonderfully. He had some funny gags and was a colourful (literally and figuratively) addition to the film.
Now, I wouldn’t be me without taking a moment to talk about Loki. Tom Hiddleston was brilliant in the role, as always, but brought some new humour with him as well. Of course we get glimpses of his typical Loki, eyes brimming with tears and that eyebrow crinkle he does when he’s sad, but he brings a fresh take like so many other characters. And I feel by the end of the film we’ve made a major breakthrough on his character which is exciting.
And finally, Taika Waititi himself. The film was beautiful, especially the Sicaar scenes with all the vibrant colours. All of the ad-lib was especially appreciated. In one scene in particular, which I believe to be ad-libbed (no spoilers, don’t worry), Thor recounts a childhood story with him and Loki, and it is brilliant. There were also two fight scenes that used Led Zepplin’s “Immigrant Song,” and they were amazing. The action of this movie was incredible, and the fight choreography was astonishing.
Alright, Thor: Ragnarok. I’m still trying to figure out where it ranks in my Marvel movies, but it’s definitely in the top 3, and it is the best Thor film by far. If you haven’t seen it yet, run, don’t walk, to your nearest theater. You won’t be disappointed.