Posted: Posted November 6th, 2017 by Jet Presto
All right. I wasn't gonna go on the opening weekend, but I had spare time tonight. Figured I'd get out of the house.
Kinda just throwing out thoughts at random here:
- Initially I had mixed feelings because I still don't really like a Thor that jokes...but the jokes were actually really good and I kept laughing because they were funny. So, that was strange to be laughing while thinking, "This isn't really Thor, though." It's a credit to Taika Waititi's ability as a comedic director to go down a direction I didn't really like at first, but made me laugh anyway.
- Once I sort of settled in, it is a fun and funny film. This is one that I'll probably enjoy watching again (which is kind of a big deal for a Thor film).
- I loved the cast. They all did so great. Taika Waititi as Korg might easily be the best comic relief character in any comic book movie so far. Excellent performances, even from Cate Blanchett who might still kind of fit your typical generic Marvel villain role, but is visually one of the more interesting ones.
- Veeeeeery happy with the score! I've been a downer on how Marvel scores just all sound the same and don't stand out. This time, they brought in Mark Mothersbaugh, and he provides the most unique-sounding score of the entire Marvel brand so far. Never thought I'd say this about a Marvel film, but it was really good!
- The overall structure is pretty generic, but I appreciate Waititi's adherence to smaller scope structural things. Made it feel like someone was actually paying attention while making it.
- Pretty good action, even if humanoid CGI figures jumping around still looks clunky.
- Really liked the Skurge B-plot. And also liked Loki's arc.
- Wasn't crazy about the whole Volstagg/Hogan/Fandral stuff. I know they've basically been minor characters beyond, like, 30 minutes in the first film, but I think they deserved a little more than what they got.
- Appreciated what it ultimately brought to the Thor status quo.
Easily the best Thor movie (which doesn't say much). But it also was maybe the funniest one, in my opinion. I'm *still* not crazy about a Thor that cracks wise, but at the same time, the comedy is actually really good, and when they need him to be Thor-like, he is. Overall, I think this goes up there as one of the most unique and complete Marvel films.
I really, really, really can't wait until the Stan Lee cameos stop, though...
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