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MOVIE REVIEW: Life’s too Hard to NOT See “Thor: Ragnarok”

I’ll talk about Thor: Ragnarok in a moment but first I’d like to address the big picture…
LIFE is hard.
If you need proof, just look around you. Everyone I know is going through something awful right now. I have friends who are fighting cancer, and friends who are caring for parents who are fighting cancer. I have friends who have lost their jobs, and friends who are trapped in jobs that they HATE. I have friends who worry desperately for their children, and who can’t turn the TV on at night because the bad news they see freaks them out even more.
In other words, everything seems to suck right now, for just about everyone.
Don’t we all deserve something GOOD? Don’t we deserve a moment to escape and feel light, or powerful, or maybe to just laugh our asses off?
Now, I’m ready to talk about Thor: Ragnarok.
Look, they’re not reinventing the wheel with this one. Thor has to battle another evil-being to save the universe with the help of his friends. The usual swoon-worthy suspects (Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Mark Ruffalo and even Benedict Cumberbatch) then spend the next two hours cracking-wise while gracefully taking down evil-doers.
Yes, it’s formulaic but by God, it’s a formula that works.
There’s a comedic element to these Marvel pictures though, that they’re usually not given enough credit for.
That particular element is elevated this time around by Thor: Ragnarok director, Taika Waititi. We knew this guy was funny from his work on Flight of the Concords, Hunt for the Wilderpeople and my personal fave, What We Do in the Shadows. I don’t think any of us expected the breadth of vision that Waititi brings to the Marvel universe, though. He introduces whole new worlds with the crisp precision of a long-time sci-fi filmmaker. Waititi also takes time out of his directing duties to play KORG, who will probably be your new favorite Marvel character.
Thor: Ragnarok isn’t a perfect movie. It slows when too much time is spent with The Hulk and Jeff Goldblum’s character is too over-the-top to ever be very fearsome. None of that really matters though when Cate Blanchett slinks onto the screen and destroys everything, from Thor’s hammer to any preconceived notions you had about women in their late-40’s.
Sure, I could find some gripes about Thor:Ragnarok, but why bother when the world already sucks, as it is?
Instead, I’d rather tell you to take a few hours away from whatever daily war it is you are waging. Use that time to see Thor:Ragnarok. If you’re anything like me, you’ll find that watching your fave superheroes kick ass while Led Zeppelin blasts is strangely cathartic.
No, Thor: Ragnarok won’t solve any of your problems. But it will sure make you forget about them for a while. (A)
Thor: Ragnarok is rated PG-13 and opens November 3rd. Parents can expect mild profanity and a few sex jokes, but nothing explicit. There is also the usual Marvel-level of violence seen in these pictures. Buy tickets in advance HERE.

7 Comments

  1. You need a life & better perspective. This movie was a huge waste of time. Way too violent. These actors deserve 10/hr.
    Horrible review & the movie is just as bad.

    Read a book

    1. Come on, Jane. Try practicing a little more kindness.

      Since you want everyone reading, maybe there is a book that could teach you some civility?

  2. I saw Deadpool because “EVERYONE” said it was funny with comic book violence.

    I am 65 years old. I was TOTALLY GROSSED OUT. I never wanted to see another movie like that ever again.

    My wife wanted to see Thor and made me go. IT WAS WORSE THAN DEADPOOL. PEOPLE GETTING PULVERIZED, THOR LOSING AN EYE. WHO THE HELL MAKES CRAP LIKE THIS?

    Yeah it was funny in the beginning, but the violence should have been rated X+.

    I am done with movies. ALL MOVIES. THEY ALL LOOK LIKE THIS NOW. NEVER, EVER AGAIN ANOTHER MOVIE FOR ME. ONLY PSYCOPATHS LIKE THIS STUFF.

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