Thor: Ragnarok ★★★

THOR: RAGNAROK is one of those Marvel movies with the hero's journey and the handsome and the jokes and the infinite CG and the cameos and the underwritten villain and the hordes of anonymous goons and wasn't this one supposed to be at least a little bit different?

in my infinite naïveté, i was hoping this would be a Taika Waititi movie produced by Marvel, and not just a Marvel movie directed by Taika Waititi. oh well. there are worse things! it's cute to see Marvel flirt with genre (a genre other than their own, at least), but one of these days they've gotta commit.

Cate Blanchett may be wasted, but she makes for a delightful goddess of death. jeff goldblum is jeff goldblum, and that's fun. parts of the film made me feel like i was watching a feature-length adaptation of the cover art from a Meat Loaf album, and that's… sure.