Ragnarok hopefully won’t spell the end for ‘Thor’

The MCU’s Thor movies have often been the most criticized and the most desperate ones in need of an overhaul. With Ragnarok, Thor finally gets a movie worthy of living up to the superhero movie standards Marvel has cornered for the past decade.

Ever since Iron Man, the superhero genre is not just a one-trick-pony. There is an unprecedented amount of respectability geared towards these big-budget would-be B-movies. Thanks to modern technology and a love of source material, filmmakers have brought their beloved childhood friends to life in the best ways possible.

It is for this reason that Thor: Ragnarok may be tough to review, at least on its own merits. Firstly, we always just assume that these Marvel movies are at the very least ‘good.’ But secondly, and most importantly, these movies are part of a world, one that I believe is leading to the biggest movie possible (I used to think that was The Avengers, but that has been done already, twice). So how can we judge a newborn when compare to its seemingly infinite siblings.

If anything, I think Thor: Ragnarok makes the best case for it to be judged as a standalone. It certainly makes references to its earlier installments and, of course, features creatures from its own universe. But this Thor does something different with its production. The most prominent deviation is the focus on humor. My word is this movie a joy to sit through.

For example, the movie starts off with our titular character, Thor recounting his adventures whilst chained up and caged. To whom is he speaking with? Well, that was my first big chuckle of the movie. It sets the tone for a film filled with hilarious moments.

Did it really take us this long to realize that just the mere presence of Jeff Goldblum alone is enough for a good laugh?

And why did it take this long to find the ridiculous potential a Thor can bring?

I have never so much as even touched a Thor comic. Perhaps they are compelling, thought-provoking, and serious. But we aren’t there yet cinematically. The first Thor movie took the obvious route with a fish-out-of-water story. Unfortunately, I did not see the second installment, although I often see it as the worst of all the Marvel movies. It took until it’s third installment for someone (that being director Taika Waititi) to see how Chris Hemsworth can deliver both deadpan investment in his character and boyish admiration for the same character and envision that as a recipe for a big-budget near-comedy.

There have been many entertaining movies this year, more than last year by a long shot. But Thor: Ragnarok might be the most fun I’ve had at the movies this year, at least with a big-budget superhero film.

Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song” often makes my blood start pumping, but this movie gives that a whole new meaning.

If you follow Norse mythology, you would know Ragnarok is the end of times. I really hope that isn’t true of the Thor movies.

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