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Thursday, November 09, 2017

Ragnarockin' It


As my brother Sean puts it, Thor: Ragnarok is "the Flash Gordon-iest movie since Flash Gordon." And that's a good thing; this film knows exactly what it is, a lighthearted adventure story with just a touch of drama and pathos so as to give the stakes some heft without diminishing any of the fun.

Stuff I loved:

  • The performances, particularly Hemsworth, Hiddleston, Blanchett, and Ruffalo
  • The kickass score
  • The opening sequence - Thor vs. Surtur
  • The Thor/Hulk bromance
  • The well-executed Dr. Strange cameo
  • Korrg and his insect knife-buddy
  • The clever banter and wit
  • The escape scene
  • Hela is one of the better Marvel villains, with a solid motivation and a sense of genuine menace
  • The notion that Asgard is a people, not a place
  • Valkyrie was cool
  • Jeff Goldblum!
  • Jeff Goldblum's no-nonsense helper
  • Great colour palette on the garbage planet
  • Great spaceship designs
Stuff I thought didn't go over quite as well as it should have:
  • Loki's gimmick is starting to wear thin; in particular, the major twist of The Dark World is given an anticlimactic finish here
  • Despite the epic scale of the climax and the major change to the status quo, I was expecting something...weighter to lead into Infinity War
  • Both post-credit sequences were rather underwhelming
  • No Howard the Duck cameo! For shame
All in all, though, this was a whimsical, tongue-in-cheek ride--a refreshing change of pace from the more portentous Marvel films. 

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