I went to see Thor: Ragnarok, and all I got was this dang cup. Okay I also got hurting sides from laughing so much. And I got a happy kid who loved it. LOVED IT, I tell you.
I guess I should start by admitting that while I love the Marvel movies and have seen every one of them, I’m probably what many would call a fake fangirl, because I never read the comics. Now that half our readership hates me, let me go on. I knew of Iron Man and Thor and the Hulk. I read lots of Viking lore and myth, but I didn’t really start reading comics (except Tank Girl) until I saw the first Iron Man, and I was hooked. So maybe I’m not the best person to review this movie, but I’m gonna anyway.
Thor: Ragnarok is, if you don’t know, the third of the Thor movies. And it is far and away the best of them. The first Thor is right up there in my top tier of Marvel movies with the first Iron Man and Guardians of the Galaxy, but this one, it blows them all out of the water. The only bit of this movie I can take umbrage with is how they handled Odin. It differs so greatly from the myth that it pulled me out for a split second, but again, I didn’t read the comics and am not sure how well that follows them.
Otherwise, in my humble opinion, this movie is perfect. The music was on point and reminded me a lot of Guardians. The colors were bright and bold and just fun. That’s what this movie was, it was FUN. Taika Waititi brought the fun and the humor and the nostalgia (hello, Willy Wonka), and I think that it was much needed at this point in the series. After how heavy Civil War was and how emotional Guardians 2 ended up, this was a much needed punch in the gut.
Among the things I loved (which was all of it really), Jeff Goldblum as the Grand Master was inspired casting. Korg was the best side character that steals every scene ever. Heimdall’s finally getting to do more than hold the sword was great. And Thor’s finally using the thunder in an all encompassing glowy blue eyes ending battle was epic.
I can’t wait to see how the ending of Ragnarok plays into the upcoming entries into the MCU. And I won’t lie, I hope this isn’t the end of Loki, as I was so, so glad to see him semi-redeemed (though I still think he grabbed that tesseract).
Overall, this was a 5 star movie. I danced in my seat. I laughed. I even shouted at the screen. Movies like this are why I love going to the theater!