After a pair of middling films, to say that the Thor franchise was in a bit of a rut was perhaps an understatement. Thankfully for all of us, Marvel Studios decided to finally embrace the weirdo and Waititi came along to basically get rid of everything that didn't really work for Thor and Thor: The Dark World. Or in the words of Screen Junkies, "It's like the whole franchise got on Hemsworth's steam chicken diet."
As the movie's Honest Trailer notes, what makes Ragnarok really work is the unbridled commitment to the new formula for the Thor franchise. This film not only embraces Waititi-style idiosyncratic comedy, it also strips everything about Thor (the hair, the hammer, the unidentifiable sidekicks) away, gives the movie a breath of fresh air and an energy that is super compelling. The comedy is really highlighted here, as SJ point out that jokes take over the whole film: "Boring exposition scenes get tagged by jokes, bad ass moments get tagged by jokes and even heartfelt emotional beats get tagged by jokes." Thor is all the better for it.
SJ also really highlight the crazy colors and character designs, citing that the creators of the Thor comic books were "nerds on acid in the '60s." Thor: Ragnarok is in fact the first Marvel film to really embrace the look of a "classic Marvel comic book," so it's a smart move to embrace the visual design of the universe on the big screen. They even point out the new "sky beam" in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which is every time a character jumps out of a vehicle during a chase sequence to "take the bad guys on by hand." But lucky for Thor: Ragnarok, this film had the best chase sequence, as well as a pretty great bridge fight. Also, who knew that this would not only be the very best Thor film, Hulk movie, and Doctor Strange flick all in one?
Sure, Thor: Ragnarok may have relied too heavily on jokes, while taking a relatively serious source material and making it more of a lighthearted romp. But it mostly works, and it gives us a fresh, new look at a hero that's mostly been disappointing. After all: "This is a movie where an orgy spaceship shoots fireworks over the Rainbow Bridge, where Hulk fights a zombie wolf." And, we've got a cosmic Jeff Goldblum. What more could you want?
Source: Screen Junkies
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