SPOILERS FOR THOR: RAGNAROK
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.