So we saw Thor: Ragnarok and I, personally, was somewhat surprised that it worked.
I mean, I don’t mean that it was a particularly *GOOD* movie. Nobody is going to be talking about it in the same breath as Godfather II or anything. That said, it was a charming, funny, and inoffensive movie that came out and told you what it was going to do and then it went and did it.
You had a handful of fun action scenes with likable (and absurdly good-looking) characters, a bad guy (er, gal) who had a lot of interesting things going on underneath the surface, Loki (a surprisingly strong character), Chekov’s Demon, and Jeff Goldblum playing Jeff Goldblum.
Much like everything else coming out of the Marvel Universe these days, it was perfectly competent, visually gorgeous, and the plot was better than you’d expect (I mean, as I said, you’re not going to be comparing it to Godfather II but if you were hoping to, you probably should have looked at the poster a second time before buying the ticket).
The plot was simple and straightforward: Thor is doing what he can to keep Asgard safe and comes back to Asgard to reunite with Loki and they go off to find Odin. After a brief cameo with Dr. Strange, we meet up with Odin who warns the boys that Hela (their sister) is coming back and she’s pretty ticked off. Hela then comes back and she’s pretty ticked off. Thor and Loki are cast away into some distant world where gladiator fights happen and we reunite with The Hulk (the current champion of the games). The movie shifts into the mode where we see Hela wreaking havoc on Asgard while Thor and Loki are at odds trying to leave the gladiator planet to get back to Asgard just in time to confront Hela, resolve the story, and tie everything together with a nice bow.
A handful of supporting characters to keep things spicy and we’ve got ourselves yet another surprisingly not-bad Marvel Cinematic Universe movie.
And given that DC is currently in freakout mode following the disappointment that was Justice League, the surprise is that Marvel so consistently provides a pleasant super-hero branded experience while other folks seem to be unable to wrap their heads around the whole idea of making a movie that everybody can enjoy.
You’d think that this wouldn’t be *THAT* difficult. Hey, even Thor: Ragnarok pulled it off.
So… what are you reading and/or watching?