Thor: Ragnarok

Thor: Ragnarok ★★

Thor: Ragnarok shows us that Marvel does occasionally strive for originality, but originality doesn’t mean shit if you can’t make an interesting movie, and Ragnarok is a movie that never really finds a tone to stick with, nor does it have anything to say. Everything is a setup for either A. a fight or B. a gag. The humor is almost as Reddit-y as Deadpool which is really saying something. Some of the art direction and visuals are beautiful but the movie is CGI'd to the point where it's distracting. Like, the whole movie looks like an FMV from a bad RPG game. Thor and the Hulk have zero chemistry and while Ruffalo is still the best actor in the MCU, they give him so little to do in this movie.

And Marvel still sucks ass at making villains. Look, I love Cate Blanchett but her character is so uninteresting. There's potential for nuance and they never dive into it, it's as if Marvel executives thought "well, everyone loves Cate Blanchett! And we can dress her up like Angelina Jolie in Maleficent and everyone will think that's dope. That's all we need." (EDIT: Forgot to note that considering how Thor is the most inherently "sci-fi" property Marvel does, and considering their income, there is no reason for the costume design in this film to be so uniformly ugly)

Black Panther showed us Marvel can occasionally make a movie that is thought-provoking and ambitious. Thor: Ragnarok feels like its antithesis. I appreciate Marvel trying to make a Pulp Superhero movie, but at the end of the day, it's still a Marvel movie.

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