Review: Thor Ragnarok

I will try to avoid spoilers in this review, but I can’t 100% guarantee I won’t “spoil” some…. surprise?

I had to put a question mark there because that is my greatest criticism.  I didn’t feel like this movie was surprising.  I went in thinking “Ok, I expect to see this, this and this character” (100% from the trailer even though one of them wasn’t in the trailer) and then “I think they could make other and other work in the right way if they wanted to” (I hit 50% there).  I reached over when something happened in the first ten minutes and I knew I had been right about them including one of my guesses.

It was a fun movie. I thoroughly enjoyed my two (ish) hours watching it.  I liked how engaged the audience of my theater was (I find it fun when everyone laughs and people squeak and stuff).  I enjoyed the music but, again, I don’t feel like it was making a new treatment of the movie in any way.

Thor is a very action-oriented character and they did try to give him some lines but honestly, I don’t feel like he made giant movements as a character in this film.  In the first Thor movie we see his biggest development from stuck-up ass to something like a hero (though still not very humble). This movie did a better job of him being confident without being an ass about it.

This movie also proves (in my world) that Jeff Goldblum generally makes any movie he’s in good (or better than it would be without him). Granted, I haven’t seen his entire filmography, but what I’ve seen – he handles his characters well.  This is a pretty different character than I’ve seen him play elsewhere – and it was kind of awesome.

Good, but not world-changing – I would review this movie as a “Go See It” 4/5.  I think most people (if they like super-hero movies of any stripe) will enjoy it and it is definitely worth the theater sound-system/experience.