freddie_kayy’s review published on Letterboxd:
The fact that this Taika Waititi's weakest movie, yet the MCU's funniest is a perplexingly fascinating study of Auteurism within superhero movies. The grasp of the studio is present, but it's a chokehold from a fluffy teddy bear, as the significant style of deadpan seen in What We Do in the Shadows and Hunt for the Wilderpeople is very much present in Thor: Ragnarok.
A boastful, impressive opening sequence cues us in for one of the most hilarious introductions to a Marvel movie since Deadpool. Ripped straight from the tone of a Led Zepplin album (and featuring such tune), I delighted in my seat. This change of pace, familiarity with a Director's comedy and gorgeously mad visual flair was all I needed to see.
Then the rest of the movie happened.
Don't get me wrong, there are some truly fantastic moments in the 2nd and 3rd act of Thor: Ragnarok. The banter between characters is something you'll be dying to see more of in Infinity War and I really hope they have the nuts to continue with this brand of character dialogue. Every scene where Thor is talking to either Loki, Banner or a giant blue rock monster called Korg (played by Taikai Waititi himself, with glorious New Zealand-isms) steals the film so much so, that you'll never want to see the main villain, Hela, for the rest of its duration.
The plot is, admittedly, half and half. Whenever something is happening outside of Asgard, I'm in love, when we go back, I groan internally. Jeff Goldblum gave a considerably better, funnier and more interesting performance as an antithesis to Thor than Cate Blanchett, making her the main antagonist was a colossal error in judgement.
Verdict: I can't help but feel a tad disappointed in Ragnaork and that's saying something seeing as this brings some of the most creative, humorous, colourful and deadpan creations to the MCU that I've laid eyes upon. This is importantly laughter inducing but is it enough to save these films from eventual obscurity due to weaker plots and villains? We'll see, only time will tell.
(Also missed the mark to put Stu in as Marvel canon, tut tut)