Ian Hobbs’s review published on Letterboxd:
"What are you, Thor, god of hammers?"
In the ever-expanding universe consisting of 16 of some of my favorite films of all time, it's nice to see that when Marvel Studios decides to take a risk and give a somewhat unknown director complete freedom to do as they please, it's a complete and utter beauty. Taika Waititi's Thor: Ragnarok is a complete blast of beautiful visuals, laugh out loud comedy, and that hint of Marvel universe charm that comes in each film and I look forward to every time.
The very first Thor film is definitely under appreciated but I never really feel in love with it, and the second Thor, was a fine cookie cutter Marvel film that I never really have the urge to watch but if it's on, sure maybe I'll watch; and yet, Thor: Ragnarok - after just one watch - already outshines the first two and allows itself to be a unique and fresh film, all while still being true to what the character of Thor is; and I love it for that reason so very much.
It's simple really; Taika Waititi needs all the money in the world so he can do whatever he wants, because out of the two films I've seen from him, I love. What I admire so much about Ragnarok is that it made me curious and really care about he character and lore of the Thor universe. He dashes the film with some of the most beautiful visuals and then he he throws in that signature Waititi comedy that gets me every single time. The way he films action also gets you ramped up and cheering and I love that feeling.
The performances. What more can I say than utter brilliance from all across the board. Chris Hemsworth absolutely killed it here; he's hilarious, I mean so so funny, he's heartfelt, and just a straight badass. Tessa Thompson & Mark Ruffalo were both so great and I love their chemistry with each other and Hemsworth. Tom Hiddleston was so funny and he turned out so much differently than I thought and I loved it. Care Blanchett was perfect, although Hela wasn't; she was a pretty good villain just not as fledged out. Oh and Jeff Goldblum should be in every movie.
Honestly, if you would have told me a few years back that the third Thor film would be one of the funniest films I've ever seen, and an actual space journey of brilliance, I would have laughed in your face. But after seeing it and being in complete awe at the simply masterful visuals, hilarious and dry humor that I find myself laughing at all the time, and some of the finest performances of any Marvel film, I can safely say Taika Waititi's Thor: Ragnarok is a blast of awesomeness from start to finish. And when's my Korg spinoff happening?