Ragnarok is awesome. SPOILERS START NOW. And not only was it awesome, it’s the best Marvel movie yet. It’s even better than Guardians of the Galaxy.

Tom Hiddleston as Loki
As it turns out, Loki as a good guy is basically just Tom Hiddleston. Who knew?

What makes Ragnarok great is that they clearly were just trying to make a good bridge movie for Infinity Wars (and the third Avengers movie, which is apparently happening). By the end of the movie, Asgard is gone, so Thor and Loki don’t have to split their focus, and Loki has stolen taken (he can’t steal it. It’s his) the Tesseract, inadvertently leading Thanos to Thor and Loki’s ship.

Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. as Steve Rogers and Tony Stark.
“Hey Tony, how come Thor and Loki are more popular than we are?” “I don’t know, Cap, maybe it’s because you don’t know how to have fun, you keep picking stupid fights, and you haven’t smiled since the end of Winter Soldier.”

Other less good Marvel movies were less good because they didn’t have developed characters, and they were also trying to push a message. I liked the second Captain America movie, but I don’t want to rewatch it. I’m also not a fan of any of the Iron Man movies because he’s usually all alone. My theory is that Robert Downey Jr is so expensive that they can’t afford anyone else.

Natalie Portman is, fortunately, not in Thor: Ragnarok.
“What you mean I’m useless and no one likes me?”

Maybe I should just mention which MCU movies I do like, and why. I’ve made a list here. Every other Thor movie is on that list because of Thor and Loki and in spite of Jane and company, but fortunately, they’re gone this time. As are the warriors three (four? I don’t know if Sif counts. She’s still alive. I think she’s in Agents of Shield?). The director clearly wanted to get rid of every character who didn’t work in one fell swoop, and he did it well.

Hulk, Thor, Valkyrie, and Loki.
“So, do I have a name, or…?”

What I liked about Thor and Thor: The Dark World was Thor and Loki, and what I hated about Thor and Thor: The Dark World was Jane and company, so Thor: Ragnarok is the perfect Thor movie. It’s just Thor and Loki handling a crisis. Sure, the Hulk and Valkyrie are involved (and the latter will probably end up with Thor because we can’t possibly have female characters who aren’t involved with someone) but their involvement makes sense, and it doesn’t overshadow Thor and Loki.

Chris Hemsworth as Thor in Thor: Ragnarok
This trailer moment is amazing because they CGI’d over a massive spoiler.

The movie’s also really funny. Although, some Marvel fanboys were complaining about this. Apparently, Thor’s actually a really dark character. Okay…? Even if that’s true, Thor is from another planet that’s been destroyed and almost everyone he ever knew is dead. That’s pretty dark. The movie needs humour to balance that out.

Henry Cavill as Superman in the DCMU
“I know my movies are terrible. I’m sorry.”

The one issue that might not be an issue depending on how Marvel handles it is what I’d like to call the Superman issue. Superman’s problem is that he’s all-powerful unless someone has kryptonite. This makes him less relatable than other superheroes. Prior to Ragnarok, Marvel’s Superman equivalent was Captain America, but Civil War obviously changed that up because I don’t think Superman is a fugitive…or maybe he is. Does anyone know?

Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston behind-the-scenes.
“And then I said, “I’m sure Justice League will be just as good as Ragnarok.'”

Anyway, Thor is apparently all-powerful and uses lightning, which makes sense because thunder doesn’t actually do anything. It’s an after-effect of lightning. But now that it’s been established that “Lightning Thor” can beat the Hulk, does that make him boring? It’s not like Thor has his own kryptonite…well, I guess Loki is Thor’s kryptonite, but like if Superman became friends with kryptonite and worked to protect it, which would definitely make Superman boring. Once again, this is why we need humour! Thor is not that interesting if he’s not with Loki and not making jokes.

Tom Hiddleston as Loki
“Just let me use my ‘evil Loki’ voice once.”

Speaking of Loki, he’s still awesome. I actually didn’t know what to write until I read a Marvel fanboy review that said Loki is useless. Loki. Useless. The entire driving force of Thor and The Avengers. Sure. I swear, I don’t know why these people don’t just make their own movies if they hate the movies other people make so much. Anyway, Loki’s obviously not useless. He makes Thor interesting. Without Loki, Thor is essentially an escape from a Shakespearean play…or at least, he was prior to this movie. He’s funnier now, but he still needs Loki.

Jeff Goldblum as the Grand Master
“So, I’m the Collector’s brother? Are we ever going to mention that? Nope? Okay.”

Jeff Goldblum was awesome as the Grand Master (No one could have played that character better. He was hilarious), and Benedict Cumberbatch’s cameo was great. It was awesome to finally get context for that random scene after the Doctor Strange credits, even if it was exactly what I figured. Thor gets over Loki banishing Odin pretty quickly and they go to Earth to find him, but Doctor Strange temporarily kidnaps Loki because Loki is a danger to Earth. Everyone really needs to get over the whole New York thing, and movie-goers in general need to get over the fact that superheroes destroy public property. It’s not real life; it’s just a movie.

Thor and Loki discuss their plans.
“So the plan is you’re going to betray me, yet again, and I’ll forgive you, yet again. Sound good?”

So, yeah. Thor: Ragnarok is awesome. It has all the good parts of previous Thor movies with none of the bad. What did you think about it? If it’s not your favourite Marvel movie, I get that. Marvel makes a lot of good movies. What IS your favourite? And if you hate it, I’d love to hear why because I really can’t see anything wrong with it.

 

Review overview

Characters10
Editing10
Music10
Plot10
Rewatchability10
Actor Bonus: Tom Hiddleston10

Summary

10Thor Ragnarok is the perfect Marvel movie. It even makes the last two movies better.

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