Thor: Ragnarok

Thor: Ragnarok ★★★★

Apparently, the only way to save self-proclaimed strongest Avenger Thor from a dark and unremarkable hell is to cast him in a buddy comedy-type film, only this time, he's joined by many buddies, all of them the same kind of confused, yet mostly just here to have a good time. Here, nobody plays the team's straight man, not even the drunken ex-soldier who finds Thor in a dump heap, not even Thor's treacherous little brother whose very presence demands that you throw things at him, not even a great Hulk of a monstrosity who likes to smash things IN THE FACE, not even the failed revolutionary rock man, and especially not the early-2000's emo-rocker chick of an elder sister, who, at the end of the day, is just looking for someone to love her the way she deserves.

Throw in some 80's bangers that'll lighten the mood at any party, mention the Avengers and the MCU only sporadically and only 'cause you want to make fun of them, and let Jeff Goldblum run wild on your special intergalactic set. Even if you do this at the expense of turning everyone into Tony "I Got a Quip Up My Sleeve" Stark, it's all totally cool, as long as the film resembles something that's completely different from the safe formula Marvel has become known for.

Saving the world and about two more planets has never been this fun, nor has it ever had more heart. Thor's a big doof of a jock - seldom polite, but always well-meaning - and they better not forget that by the time Infinity Wars rolls around.

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