“Thor: Ragnarok” Gets a Mixed Reaction from Comic Fans
“Thor: Ragnarok” is the latest installment of the Marvel cinematic universe and most recent appearance of the character Thor Odinson.
In this film, Hela the goddess of death(Cate Blanchett) casts Thor (Chris Hemsworth) across the universe.
Thor lands on a junk planet named Sakaar where he is reconnected with his brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston), and Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) who hasn’t been seen since the second Avengers movie, “Age of Ultron.”
We also get to see a new character added to team Thor, Scraper 142 (Tessa Thompson), who has bit more to her than is let on.
Together the team has to try and find a way off Sakaar before Hela takes over Asgard.
Whether you’ve seen the movie or not, I’m sure you’ve heard from someone that this was the greatest Marvel movie ever, and had you asked me before I saw the movie, I would have predicted the same thing.
Unfortunately I found “Thor: Ragnarok” to be pretty bad.
I saw this movie the first Saturday it was out with several members of the King’s Comic Book and Media Club, and we were all very excited about this movie. Some of us were excited to finally see Thor again, some of us were excited to see Hulk again, and some of us were excited to see how the movie would use the Planet Hulk storyline from the comics, which is where Sakaar and the arena were first seen.
Most of us left the theater very disappointed. I was actually furious, and that is why I waited a week to write this review. I know that I am very critical of the movies I watch, especially comic book movies, as I am a comic and movie nerd, so I look for the elements of storytelling that the average moviegoer doesn’t even know about. Throughout this review, I will avoid spoilers to the best of my ability.
The biggest thing that I think the movie did wrong was the humor, and not really in the sense that there was too much, which there was, but in that it was either in the wrong place or just didn’t add anything to the scene.
I know that comedy is kind of Marvel’s thing, but too many times it interrupted a very emotional scene and left me either feeling nothing or just groaning because I wanted it to stop.
The comic book nerd side of me also didn’t appreciate the comedy because for the most part, Thor isn’t supposed to be a funny character.
Yes, he is reckless because he’s an overconfident prince, but he’s not really a goofball. While he has been goofy in the comics, it mostly happens when he’s interacting with modern humans because he lacks understanding how Earth works, which causes this kind of humor. So I was expecting more of a socially coordinated and iconic Thor, rather than the arrogant man-child we got.
Hulk was a bit of a show stealer, and for the most part, I was usually happy to see him when he was on the screen because the immature and frequent jokes are exactly what I would expect from a Hulk that has finally learned to talk.
The other big complaint I have is how they handled Ragnarok.
For those of you who don’t know, Ragnarok is pretty much the Viking rapture. Now for a movie that is called “Ragnarok,” it has very little to do with Ragnarok.
One could argue that Hela’s attack on Asgard is Ragnarok, but in the first five minutes they clearly define Ragnarok, but the word “Ragnarok” isn’t even used again until the final showdown.
One thing that isn’t a huge flaw but still needs to be recognized is that women say most of the lines and scenes that move the plot.
That fact by itself is actually a good thing because we need more women in strong, significant roles in movies, especially comic movies.
However, the problem is that there are only three female characters of any importance, and out of those three characters only two say anything towards the plot, and the two characters that do say something are never in the same room.
I could come up with more reasons about why this movie was a let down because I really was excited for this movie, more than I had been for any movie since “Deadpool.”
Despite its flaws, there were some things I liked.
First, Cate Blanchett killed it as the MCU’s first main female antagonist. She was confident and overpowered to the point where you feared for the safety of the characters.
Second, Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston as Thor and Loki is always a win. The chemistry the two share on screen is incredible, and I would not be surprised if Hiddleston has been accepted as the fourth Hemsworth brother.
Third, whether you love or hate Jeff Goldblum in real life, you’ll love to hate him in this movie. His personality fits his character so well that even as a Goldblum hater, I want to see this character come back.
Fourth and finally, the fight scenes kept me on the edge of my seat. With all the fighters being gods and cosmic beings, nothing was held back. Buildings were brought down, hammers were flung, and yes Hulk smashed. Combining the epic showdown with Led Zeppelins’ “Immigrant Song” made it definitely one of my favorite fights.
So if you like epic fight scenes and you don’t mind a sea of poorly-timed jokes, “Thor: Ragnarok” might be worth your time.