I am a human. I have likes and dislikes. Yet every time I bring up my opinion of superhero movies (which is that “I don’t care”), I feel like a social outcast. Trust me, I want to understand the superhero genre…there’s just yet to be a superhero film that I’ve seen that will get me on board. Unless we’re talking about “The Incredibles.” “The Incredibles” is my jam, man. Nonetheless, here’s my opinion on the newest Marvel film, “Thor: Ragnarok.”
“Ragnarok” begins with Thor (Chris Hemsworth) in a cage. He explains that he was looking for the Infinity Stones when he was captured by the great demon, Surtur, to a skeleton that he shares his cage with. Surtur, tired of Thor’s rambling, releases him from his cage to shut him up. Surtur tells Thor that his father, Odin (Anthony Hopkins), is no longer in Asgard and that Ragnarok is on the horizon. Thor defeats Surtur, believing he has prevented Asgard’s apocalypse.
Thor returns home to find Loki (Tom Hiddleston) impersonating Odin. After a threat from Thor, Loki offers to take him to their father. They find him in Norway. Odin reveals that he will soon die and that, with his death, their older sister Hela (Cate Blanchett) will be released from the prison he put her in. Before Thor and Loki’s time, Odin and Hela conquered the Nine Realms together. In the fear that she was turning evil, Odin locked Hela away. Now Hela’s back and she’s got one thing on her mind: revenge.
Now, even though most of the Marvel cinematic universe is lost on me, I do have some favorite movies from my childhood. I remember my brother and I watching the original “Spiderman” and “The Hulk” films again and again. To this day, The Hulk will always be my favorite Marvel character (Bring back Ed Norton!!). I avoided all trailers before watching this film and only read a two-sentence plot description, which revealed that he would be in this film. I feel I would have enjoyed the plot of this film a whole lot more if I didn’t know The Hulk was in it.
The concept for this script being comprised mostly of improvisation is a great concept in my mind. One of my favorite films, “In the Mood for Love,” was made in a similar way. However, it didn’t pay off for me with “Ragnarok.” The entire film was one corny joke after another and I’m not a fan of straight-comedy films. My throat was sore from sighing so much by the end.
In the end, the best way I can describe this film is that it is, yet another, passable film, something Hollywood is well-acquainted with at this point. A movie that falls somewhere in between being bad and being great.
There were some things I liked about “Thor: Ragnarok.” The camera tracking on Mjolnir (Thor’s hammer) when he was fighting Surtur looked so cool! I loved the colors on the Bifröst Bridge, and Idris Elba did a great job as Heimdall, the bridge’s faithful sentry who aids in the salvation of Asgard.
On the other hand, there were things in this movie that I found inexcusable. During the fight scene between Thor and Surtur, there was a shot when Surtur’s head was cut off. The framing, overall, was lazy. They would try for symmetry and it just looked awful or boring. Shots were cluttered or colored so blandly that they all seemed flat. I’ll admit it, I don’t like “Immigrant Song” by Led Zeppelin, and I don’t think it made any scene it was featured in more awesome. It just made it seem lamer than it already was. Also, if you need to include two Easter eggs in the credits, then you don’t know how to make a movie. I’m sorry. It was just so pointless.
The story itself was not engaging at all. People have told me the reasoning for this is because we’ve already met these characters, they don’t need anymore character development. But I would go so far as to say that I expect more from the movies I watch. I don’t want to waste my money on a film that doesn’t make me feel anything. A movie that encourages passive movie-watching is not a good movie, in my opinion. In conclusion, if you enjoy “pictures of people talking” and are fine with viewing a subpar version of everything a movie can truly offer, go see “Thor: Ragnarok.”