Directed By: Taika Waititi
Written By: Eric Pearson, Craig Kyle
Starring: Christ Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett
Run Time: 2 Hours, 10 Minutes
Release Date: November 3rd, 2017
Link to IMDb
They did it guys. After three attempts, they finally got it. They gave us a high quality and fun Thor movie!
I’ve made my qualms with Thor as a character clear up to this point. I’ve always thought he was boring, both in the movies and the comics. He’s way too powerful, and he has little personality. Luckily, this movie fixed that entirely!
By turning Thor into Naruto.
Think about it! He’s as dumb as a rock, he’s trying to get stronger to defeat a supreme power that threatens his homeland, he’s working to become the best leader he can, and he inspires good in those who are either completely neutral or previously evil. Look me in the eyes and tell me that he isn’t Naruto! All we need now is to hear him scream “Dattebayo!” and eat ramen.
This movie also marks the point in which Loki transforms from a villainous anti-hero to a full on hero. Honestly? I’m not sure how I feel about this. On one hand, it leads to some incredibly solid character moments in both this film’s ending and the beginning of Infinity War. On the other, it’s kind of disappointing to see one of the only good villains in the series transform into a hero. Still, I have to compliment them on the solid writing. His character arc is smooth, natural, and super well written. Me not liking the end result is purely personal preference.
Hulk’s use in the story is also great. While I’m not much a fan of Bruce Banner’s altered personality (especially not in Infinity War, but we’ll get to that), Hulk in this story is a ton of fun. He has more dialogue than a single line, and he has some of the funniest moments in the entire movie. His chemistry with Thor is fucking gold, and I’d watch a whole movie about those two just hanging out.
GIVE ME “THE ODD COUPLE” WITH THOR AND HULK, DAMMIT!
This movie also has some really cool visuals. They seem to have taken the style used in the Guardians of the Galaxy movies and put it to use with Thor, and I feel that it works really well! It may feel like it’s just copying the Guardians movies, but hey. If it works, why not? I’d take a rip off of something I like over the dull and boring visuals of the previous two Thor movies.
Now, I do feel that this movie is a far more flawed product than popular opinion would have you believe. While I do agree that it’s one of the more solid Marvel movies, I don’t think it’s a truly fantastic movie. And we all know the usual problems: flat cinematography, a boring one dimensional villain, and uninspired action scenes. But there’s one more issue that I personally have: the comedy.
There are a few jokes in here that I love, don’t get me wrong. This movie did get a chuckle out of me at times. However: the number of duds far outweighed the total successes. Many of them feel forced into their respective scenes, and they can spoil a moment. Worse yet: they’re not very funny. Comedy is subjective of course, but I personally didn’t have many laughs at all.
Aside from that, I don’t have much to talk about. It’s a solid, fun movie from start to end. While it’s comedy can be up and down, and the usual problems of this series are still here, the amount of entertainment I got from this one can’t be ignored.
Alright, that was fun. What’s next? I’m nearing the end now, so that would be… Black Panther.
I wonder how many people are gonna call me racist tomorrow…