I saw Thor: Ragnarok a couple of days ago, so I thought I’d do a quick and dirty write-up. It will contain spoilers for anyone who hasn’t seen the trailers.
I’ve said before that I’m not entirely… comfortable… with stories about multiple gods. I’ve got a review drafted where I talk about that, and I don’t want to do it every time I write for this site (but so far I have), so: let’s brush that aside. I can suspend my disbelief and have fun.
It’s called Ragnarok, and the villain is the goddess of death. It lives up to that.
So, has Marvel put aside its constant need to be full of humour and jokiness? Is it finally taking itself seriously?
No. Some people have complained about Marvel undercutting all their serious scenes with comedy – they won’t like this movie.
It mostly lives up to the trailers, although one scene (one of my favourites in the trailer) is only on screen for about a minute, and during the Hulk’s intro I wished I hadn’t seen the trailer at all.
The Ember Island Players scene is awesome; keep an eye out for the cameos. Cate Blanchett is amazing as Hela.
I never bought their Valkyrie as Valkyrie (well, maybe once) – I wanted to call her Valkyrie In Name Only, or vino. Given the amount she drinks in the movie, she’d probably like that. She was a great character, by the way. Just not the right great character.
The score is very interesting; by Mark Mothersbaugh (of Devo fame), it sometimes sounds like a typical modern score, and at other times sounds retro – like Stranger Things. Immigrant Song is used well – but for a movie so full of Australianness, it doesn’t use Thunderstruck by AC/DC at all. (Would’ve been perfect in the arena scene.)
It calls back to earlier MCU movies, but you don’t really need to have seen them for this (the other Thor movies are recommended, though).
It does leave you with a couple of questions:
Did I blink, or did I miss the fate of Fenris? (I blinked.)
Did we see the resolution of Hela’s story? (I don’t think so.) Is she left open to be Thanos’s would-be girlfriend in the next movie?
While this isn’t the best MCU movie, it’s still a good one. I highly recommend Thor: Ragnarok to those who like Marvel’s output so far; not so much for those who like the DCEU’s serious take on superheroics.