Thor: Ragnarok Is the Break You Need from the Marvel Cinematic Universe
Let’s get one thing out of the way, this movie is not for everybody. If you don’t like the Whedonesque comedic banter that’s become a staple of the Marvel superhero genre, you will absolutely hate this movie. In fact, it may grossly offend you. So, you don’t need to keep reading. Just don’t watch Ragnarok. Stop. Close the page and move on with your life.
To be honest, my mind is a little all over the place, because I just loved the movie so much. It’s exactly what I’ve been wanting for years. You don’t know, guys. You don’t know how long I’ve wanted this.
Firstly, its genre is perfect (comedy with a side of bad-assery), if you’re into that kind of sense of humor. If you’re not, then I already asked you to stop reading ages ago. GTFO I already helped you.
After years of dramatic plot lines where we’re all supposed to be consumed by the grey areas of being a superhero, the blurred lines between best friend and literally a killing machine, the trauma of going into space and envisioning all your friends' deaths, the guilt of innocent lives lost while you’re trying to protect the planet from LITERAL ALIENS BUT THEY STILL WANT TO MAKE IT SEEM LIKE IT’S YOUR FAULT THAT PEOPLE ARE DYING FROM ALIEN ATTACKS? Stop. Stop trying to make me angry all the time. I’m so tired.
And they did stop. This movie is like a rejuvenating massage in between all the seriousness and epic ethical dilemmas of the Avengers timeline. Now that I think about it, they’re probably just prepping me for the upcoming Avengers dramania by calming me down first, but I’ll take it. I'll take it in all its glory.
I was excited when I walked into the theater, and I probably shouldn’t have been, in retrospect, because have you seen Thor: The Dark World? But I love Thor as a character too much, and someone spoiled the fact that the Hulk was going to be in the film (I found out the night before, and God it kills me to think about how close I was to actually being surprised to see him while watching the movie). Hulk is my favorite. He’s everything to me. It was great to see his character finally utilized to be a part of a film’s dialogue and chemistry, and for the Hulk/Banner dynamic to be more thoroughly explored, although I imagine that a lot of it has to do with the vastly improved performance-capture process and visual effects technology. And then to see that they borrowed elements from Planet Hulk? Good God I was practically delirious with joy when I understood the reference. I love understanding references. It makes me feel like I’m part of some elite little club where I’m friends with the Mark Ruffalo, Craig Kyle, and Christopher Yost. In fact, my love for understanding references is probably the only reason I like Batman v Superman, because that movie was literally only comic book references + gross Zack Snyder things. I’m digressing, but I really hate Zack Snyder. Man of Steel was our red flag and we should have stopped him then.
OH and I need to tip my hat to Mark Mothersbaugh for the music, because it was definitely a standout soundtrack. It’s got the usual superhero epicness doused in nostalgia, and a lot of it felt like a nod to Stranger Things, which I didn’t hate.
But yeah, no, this movie was great, and I’m sorry that I can’t pick at it a bit more and be angry about certain things. I loved it. It was so good to just have everyone let loose for once, especially with Thor. This movie is the break you need, and your breather in between all the Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero drama.