Written By: Mathew ‘JJ’ Simoes
The first two films in the Thor franchise of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are consistently looked at as the weakest entries but Marvel is banking on the third time being the charm for their resident thunderous avenger with Thor: Ragnarok. From the trailers alone, the film is being touted as unique, action packed and hilarious and with the review embargo finally being lifted, critics are now giving their thoughts on the God of Thunder’s third outing in cinemas. So, what are critics saying? Well, Marvel seems to have finally gotten a Thor film right!
Thor: Ragnarok currently boasts a fantastic 100% fresh rating with all 33 reviews being positive. Critics are praising the acting, visuals and humor most of all. Check out what critics are saying below!
Mark Hughes from Forbes:
Thor: Ragnarok is outrageously entertaining, sure to please all ages and turn Thor into a far more popular character with mainstream audiences than he already was. The Thor-Hulk team-up is a powerhouse combo of hilarity and pathos that’ll be hard for other superhero films to top, and seems certain to make Ragnarok a tremendous hit with critics and viewers. Taika Waititi is already being mentioned as a filmmaker we’ll see returning to the MCU for additional films — a Thor sequel seems inevitable, based on the likelihood of Ragnarok’s success at jumpstarting the franchise and cleaning the slate for a new direction in Thor’s adventures. That’s great news not just for Waititi, but for audiences who like nice things. Because Thor: Ragnarok is oh so very nice, indeed.
Nicholas Barber from the BBC:
Thor: Ragnarok is the wittiest and most straightforwardly enjoyable of Marvel’s blockbusters. The screenplay, by Eric Pearson, Craig Kyle, and Christopher Yost, gives each of the characters something worthwhile to do and something amusing to say, and when its various strands are tied together in time for the momentous finale, even the most superhero-wary viewers will have smiles on their faces.
Chris Nashawaty from Entertainment Weekly:
There’s a lot more to the bloated story, but honestly, none of it is very interesting. In fact, it’s endless. You don’t care what’s happening or what’s going to happen next. We’re just led from place to place for a hash of foggy reasons that no one will ever remember 10 minutes after leaving the theater. But that’s not really the point of this movie. Ragnarok is basically a Joke Delivery System — and on that score, it works. The movie is fun. So to recap: Taika Waititi was mostly the right director for the job. Chris Hemsworth is hilarious. Tessa Thompson is going to be a star. And while Ragnarok’s story is an aimless mess, you won’t stop laughing. In other words, it’s a… B
Peter Debrudge from Variety:
Frankly, as heroes go, Thor is a big yawn: a virtually invincible guy with a hammer, built like a linebacker and woodenly played by the otherwise charismatic Chris Hemsworth (so great in “Rush” and last year’s “Ghostbusters”). Meanwhile, Waititi is someone worth celebrating: a small-time actor-director from far-away New Zealand who has leveraged a decade of eccentric, inventive indie features (many featured at Sundance) into a shot at helming one of the year’s biggest tentpoles. More heroic still, Waititi has managed to finally imbue Marvel’s dullest Avenger with a personality — even if said personality is little more than stony stoicism, best revealed in comedy riffs with hot-headed rival/ally the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo, whom we first meet trapped in mean, green, all-CG mode).
Sheri Linden from The Hollywood Reporter:
There are moments that might bring a viewer back to the day’s news: a citizens’ uprising, an exodus of refugees. But amid the strife and the battles — on land and sea, in arenas and in the air — it’s the loose-limbed laughs that amp the story’s comic-book formula. In the evanescent Ragnarok, even the shock of grievous bodily injury evaporates before our eyes. What will linger when the weapons are withdrawn is the knowledge that you’ve been prepped for the inevitable next chapter.
Alonso Duralde from The Wrap:
Directed by Taika Waititi (“Hunt for the Wilderpeople,” “What We Do in the Shadows”) with tongue firmly in cheek, this latest outing for the thunder god plays more to the giddy “Guardians of the Galaxy” crowd than to those who prefer their superheroes to be grim and gritty. But Waititi and screenwriters Eric Pearson, Craig Kyle and Christopher L. Yost know how to balance stakes and silliness, which is exactly what this movie needs. Audiences committed to the ongoing expansion of the Marvel screen universe will come away feeling respected for their devotion, while those who aren’t interested in the set-up for the next ten movies in the franchise can have fun and get on with their lives.
Jim Vejvoda from IGN:
Thor: Ragnarok is a goofy, kitschy- but- fun romp and the most purely entertaining of the three Thor movies, marked by its distinctive designs, ‘80s synth score, and assemblage of spirited characters. It’s carried by the excellent chemistry between Thor, Hulk, and Valkyrie, who give humanity to a visual effects-heavy spectacle that finally makes good on Thor’s title of God of Thunder. But it’s also a film fragmented by its clear preference for its B storyline (Sakaar) over its A storyline (Asgard). Thor: Ragnarok’s desire to go for the gag also hurts the movie in a few key serious moments that deserved to pack more punch than they did.
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