Patrick Jensen’s review published on Letterboxd:
This year has been great for the MCU, if you ask me. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Spider-Man: Homecoming were both very enjoyable, and with Thor: Ragnarok, Disney/Marvel has made the most entertaining superhero film of the year in my opinion. The best superhero film of the year is still Logan, despite the issues I might have had with it.
First and foremost, this film is easily the best of the three Thor films. Not just because I found the previous two films rather bland, but also because this is the only film there I've seen Thor as a relatable character. Chris Hemworth is, for once, allowed to imbue Thor with some personality, and not just do the whole Shakespearean shtick he was reduced to doing in the previous films. His comedic timing is actually pretty damn good, in contrast to his performance in Ghostbusters 2016. We didn't just see him as a God of Thunder, but also one of Rock N' Roll, because Hemsworth was allowed to actually have fun with his character. It means a lot for a superhero film to have a relatable character, and director Taika Waititi seemed to have a great understanding of that.
This is not just Hemsworth's show, though. Tom Hiddleston is great as Loki, which is almost expected; Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie was a badass female warrior, who turned out to be a great addition as an ally of Thor; it was great to see Mark Ruffalo as Hulk again; Jeff Goldblum will always be a God in my eyes; and finally Cate Blanchett was delightfully campy, yet terrifying as Hela, one of the few villainesses to actually outmatch Thor. Outside of the characters, I also have to mention that this film is gorgeous to watch, and fun to listen to as well. There's a great array of colors and creative designs, as well as a great score and soundtrack, which fully embraced the Marvel aesthetic you would find in a comic book. Yes, this is one of the few Marvel films where I've truly felt that the film embraced its roots and, thankfully enough, never took itself too seriously. Taika Waititi definitely has my deepest respect for that.
My gripes are not many, but I will still address them. Some of Hela's scenes were unnecessarily filled with expository dialogue, and it was distracting. Especially since there's a scene halfway through the film where visual exposition was used brilliantly. Why not stick to the quicker and more efficent visual exposition? I also found the climax a bit underwhelming, seeing as how much the rest of the film had been. Another thing that I found a bit bothersome was the character of Skurge. Why did they get Karl Urban for what felt like a throwaway part? He's better than the material he's given here, and I felt a bit let down here, as I got pretty got excited when I heard he was cast for this film.
In conclusion, Thor: Ragnarok is the best of the three Thor films, and also the most fun superhero film of the year in my opinion. I recommend it for fans, but not to the elitist snobs who just want to bitch and whine about "the death of cinema".