This (again) is not a review so much as a collection of reactions – in bullet point form, because there’s nothing like shooting my thoughts out into the wild. Assume spoilers are ahead, if you’re the sort of person who fears that sort of thing.
- For a film called Ragnarok, whose trailer had huge dramatic shots of Hela crushing Mjolnir, fire over Asgard, and lots of fighting in general, this was a colorful, light-hearted movie.
- Pretty 80s. Sakaar made me think of Ready Player One for some reason, as did the Grandmaster, despite the fact that no egg-hunting of any sort was involved.
- A+ use of “The Immigrant Song.”
- Thor and Loki were both goofier than I expected. I keep getting surprised by how effective tasers are against the god of thunder (and the god of mischief, to boot)
- Likewise, it’s odd to me that Dr. Strange’s reflexes are fast enough to surprise them.
- Loki playing Odin and watching plays about himself makes perfect sense, while simultaneously confusing the part of me that expects more gravitas of him. Maybe that is my fault for expecting the consummate Slytherin where I should be braced for the Weasley Twins.
- On the other hand: surely the Weasley twins would never be ashamed of “Get help” if it continued to work.
- Karl Urban and BTCC’s accents always make me laugh so hard, because what are you?
- Hela’s pretty one-note, but she’s more interesting than the Destroyer, Laufey, Malekith, Algrim, or Surtur. Not as interesting as Loki, I guess.
- I looooved Korg, who was apparently played by the director. Something about motion capture + straightforward delivery + his voice = instant hilarity.
- Valkryrie’s arc was very satisfying to me. The old battles and painful defeats, the escape to a life of drudgery, the heavy drinking, the decision to face death on her feet: all this was conveyed so neatly.
- I cackled at the idea of Odin being left in an old folks home.
- I don’t like the concept of leaving actresses out just because you don’t feel like paying them…but…I was relieved Jane was gone. Farewell, Utter Lack Of Chemistry Foster.
- The Grandmaster is a good time.
- Fenris is just a big puppy?! I couldn’t suspend my disbelief and see him as a huge wolf. He just looked like a puppy on a tiny-scaled set.
- Mjolnir being a mere focus of power reminded me of silent, wandless magic. Thor going all lightning-punchy was amazing, but it reminded me of nothing so much as Pikachu.
- Thor swearing with Midgardian curse words struck me as…impoverished, really. Why would you say “I want to get the hell out of here!” when you used to say things like “Know this, son of Coul” and “This mortal form has grown weak! I need sustenance!” and “Do I look to be in a gaming mood?” Presumably this was part of the “less grim, more fun!” action plan, but…semi-archaic verbiage IS fun.
- I was amused to see Tessa Thompson’s Scrapper 142/Valkyrie described as ‘Thor’s love interest’ in articles thereafter, because I didn’t get any such vibe. But he knows her enough and respects her enough that any further development would be more believable than anything with Jane Foster, so I’m all for that.
In short: good times! Now, if only it didn’t take 37 hours to watch all 17 of the movies involved in this universe.