Thor: Ragnarok

Thor: Ragnarok ★★★★

What are you, Thor, god of hammers?
-Odin

It took Taika Waititi to have Thor go full Banzai. In 2013 when I watched Thor: The Dark World I said that the comic book was like the Buckaroo Banzai of the Marvel Universe and then in 2015 I wrote that Thor was "The Flash Gordon of the Marvel Cinematic Universe". Wish I wouldn't have said either, because now I have nowhere to go with Thor: Ragnarok because now THIS really is the Flash Gordon and Buckaroo Banzai of the Marvel Universe all rolled into one. The other film had some of the elements, but this one has ALL of the elements AND the tone. Those studio executives let Waititi go wild without knowing the consequences.

It's the craziest Marvel movie to date and this franchise has two movies featuring a space raccoon and a talking tree. Chris Hemsworth embraces the goofiness of what it means to be a "god" walking among men. The Hulk actually talks more in this one film than he has in the last 15 years of film, which is weird it took this long since he's been talking the whole time during the last 65 years of comic books. Tom Hiddleston could play Loki in his sleep at this point. Jeff Goldblum goes Full-on-Goldblum like never before, which is what I would expect from a "Space-Goldblum" called The Grandmaster.

Some people got their panties in a bunch because the character of Valkyrie wasn't cast with a white person... because you know, the ongoing epidemic of white people having a hard time getting roles in Hollywood and such. So after seeing the movie I can confidently say that Tessa Thompson wasn't cast in the role because of a "diversity quota" but because she is fucking fantastic in the role. She comes in at 5'4" while easily coming off as one of the toughest characters in the entire film... and this film has Thor and Hulk in it! I honestly could have done with more of her in the film.

The sad part is that I don't think we'll be seeing most of the new characters in the film again. I want to see Korg again. Most certainly want to see Valkyrie again. And "Space-Goldblum"? He needs to be in every Marvel movie going forward. If some of these characters have been confirmed for the next Avengers movie or whatnot, I wouldn't know... tend to avoid spoilers. The greatest Marvel film? Not quite, but it might damn well be the most fun. It easily closes the gap between the "other Marvel movies" and the Guardians of the Galaxy movies.

Yeah I liked it. I want to hang out with Korg.

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