Thor: Ragnarock- Fun Enough

 

 

Thor: Ragnarok I feel, is the most standardized Marvel movie. Thor: Ragnarok has good special effects, nice action set pieces, fleshed out characters and a story that is engaging. In turn, it also has all the minute elements that drive me crazy about Marvel movies in general.

Thor: Ragnarok starts off with Thor’s (Chris Hemsworth) father Odin (Anthony Hopkins) dying. Odin tells Thor that Hela: Goddess of Death (Cate Blanchett) has been released. In an ensuing fight, Hela banishes Thor and Loki (Tom Hiddleston) to the other end of the universe in a planet where Thor has to win an arena battle and travel back to Asgard before Hela takes control of the land and the people.

Thor: Ragnarok meets the minimum requirements of what you would expect from a Marvel movie. It has fun action sequences, character-building elements, and storytelling that is easy to follow and engaging. Ultimately, those are the main elements that make a good Marvel movie and that makes Thor: Ragnarock a success.

The Positives of Thor: Ragnarock

The bits that are the most fun are far and away the scenes where Thor is banished and has to fight in an arena to gain freedom. His opponent is a surprising one which I will leave you, the viewer to find out (even though they spoil it in the trailer). This creates interesting an funny dynamic between the characters both in and out of the battle.

The action sequences are also well choreographed as you would expect. This time, Thor: Ragnarok decides to take its influences of action sequences through previous entities of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, specifically Doctor Strange when there are action sequences occurring through interdimensional time travel. Blanchett gets action sequences reminiscent of the infamous Kill Bill action sequences 1 person against the 99 extras.The climactic battle sequence was also well chreographed.

Finally (For the good aspects at least), I would like to praise Thor: Ragnarock for making a story that is easy to understand particularly being the third installment of the franchise. You don’t have to know what happens in the first two to know what is going on in this one. Normally, it takes me awhile before I understand what is going on in a franchise if I start halfway in. It makes it easier for not only me to enjoy it, but for newer viewers as well.

Now comes what I think the sucky part of Thor Ragnarock. Unfortunately, it is what a lot of what I think a lot Marvel movies suffer from which is the ill-placed gags that don’t usually work.

The Annoying Gags of Thor: Ragnarock

Thor: Ragnarok, unfortunately, does not move as smoothly as I would have expected from a Marvel movie and that is because of the jarring tone. Thor: Ragnarock aims to have the mix the humor of Deadpool while trying to be as serious as Captain America: Civil War. Doctor Strange manages to balance the tons better than in Thor Ragnarock

This is mainly due to the ill-placed and predictable gags that Thor: Ragnarock possesses. You just know that when a villain is monologing there is going to be an ill-placed gag and when there a climactic scene, you guessed it, is an incoming gag. Marvel has to dilute the gravitas and disrupt the film’s momentum to insert a smarmy joke. It is like a compulsion. There are times when it is funny but most of the time, it really isn’t.

Nevertheless, the humor is an element of the movie, but the main elements of the movie (action, characters, storytelling) Thor: Ragnarok gets right. Unfortunately, I don’t see a point of difference in Thor Ragnarock with the recent Marvel entries like Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 2 or Doctor Strange, but by no means is it a bad movie. It is entertaining to watch, easy to follow and never felt too long. ⭐⭐⭐1/2

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Guardians of the Galaxy- The First One

The five Guardians, sporting various weapons, arrayed in front of a backdrop of a planet in space with the film's title, credits and slogan.

Guardians of the Galaxy is one of those movies where positive reception from fans and critics alike was a near-certainty. Guardians of the Galaxy is one of those films people will look back on because it was an innovator especially for 2014. Guardians of the Galaxy mostly works because of the humor, drama, and likability of characters which is what drew me into liking this film.

The plot: Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) steals an orb that has the power to destroy life in order to sell for cash (not knowing the powerful nature of the orb at the time). This gets him in a tangle with bounty hunters Groot (Vin Diesel), Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and Drax (Dave Bautista) who have to work with each other to defeat a bigger enemy called Ronan

The plot summarized: I am Groot

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I want this to be on my drivers licence

I liked Guardians of the Galaxy. Did I love it? I’m not so sure. What I credit Guardians of the Galaxy in doing is getting a film containing a multi-star cast over with critics and audiences and myself as that is a tough task to accomplish. I also appreciate it for being innovative by being a superhero movie that wins the audience through humor while mixing in a tinge of drama. In most superhero movies pre- Guardians of the Galaxy that was the other way round.

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The power of dance knows no bounds. If only this was used on Doomsday in Batman vs. Superman, it might have made more sense. Shots have been fired.

The problem is, I am watching Guardians of the Galaxy for the first time in 2017 is that I have seen many superhero movies doing exactly the same thing: Using wacky jokes in order to be liked. Power Rangers, Suicide Squad, The Lego Batman Movie, and Deadpool have also tried to succeed by using lots of in-jokes and meta humor to varying degrees of success. Still, I would rank Guardians of the Galaxy second behind Deadpool out of the movies that I mentioned. That’s a good ranking considering the other movies could have refined what Guardians of the Galaxy paved.

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Peter explans to Drax the meaning behind slitting a person’s throat by putting his finger on his throat. This goes for nearly thirty seconds. It’s a rare movie where a lot of the humour comes from explaining jokes or gestures.

I liked the meta humor to a point. That point was reached when the would be a dramatic point in a conflict in which one of the main characters (mainly Peter) would interject by saying jokes when I thought it was unnecessary as it patronized the main villain Ronan. It watered down the payoff of key fight scenes in the movie. It made me believe that the heroes were not taking the main antagonist Ronan seriously. If the Guardians of the Galaxy treat the villain like a joke, I see no reason to take the threat seriously and therefore I don’t care for the Guardian’s fates. It felt like the movie was selling itself short.

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I say that this secne where the guardians unite is a good scene however Rocket the raccoon believes they look like “A bunch of jackasses” You be the judge.

What wasn’t sold short was everything else in the movie from the character development of all four Guardians of the Galaxy as a cohesive unit from bounty hunters who are all in for themselves to the bonding through grief in order to work together and destroy the villain. The emotional payoffs of the four characters worked and made me want to see them fight and win.

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The special efferects are great. It’s not exclusivly purple like Battlefield Earth. There are a variety of colours and textures that are pleasing to the eye in this movie.

The special effects were wild and beautiful to look at most of the time. Marvel have this thing nailed down where they show a lot of colors and shades in their special effects and you never feel like you are drenched in it. Doctor Strange, in my opinion, is still the best superhero movie for the GCI that it had, but Guardians is yet again a close second. It adds a lot of life to the movie and it’s always got me in wanting to see it.

So, Guardians of the Galaxy is not as perfect as what people made me believe, but I am still happy with the final product. Like a lot of three-star movies I give, all they need is some refining and it would have gone a long way with my enjoyment of it. Still, like any three-star movie, I cannot deny I enjoyed it ***3/4