Thor: Ragnarok was released on Digital HD today, so what better time to talk about this redemption for the God of Thunder’s franchise? The Thor films are often regarded as the worst of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). At times they feel like less fun than the rest of the MCU, and, at other times, they feel more campy than the other films. Thor: Ragnarok was a welcome change to the film franchise, focusing more on the fun than the myth.
The First Thor Films
The first Thor film is fun, but lacks depth. I enjoyed the mythological story. It feels like it came straight from a book of myths where the hero learns a valuable lesson. However, I disliked most of Natalie Portman’s character. She quickly bounces back and forth from a serious scientist to a flirty schoolgirl and delivers some of the cheesiest lines in the MCU.
While the first film was mythological and fun, Thor: The Dark World feels more myth and less fun. The film seems to take itself too seriously at times with dialogue heavy sequences about realms aligning and a cosmic weapon. The best moments of the film are when it realizes just how absurd the whole thing is, like Thor hanging his hammer from a coat rack. The most redeeming quality for both films is Tom Hiddleston’s performance as Loki.
Less Myth and More Fun
In contrast, many have called Thor: Ragnarok one of the best films in the MCU. The film broke from the typical Thor film by being more comedy than fantasy. Critics called it exciting, funny, and above all fun. There’s also a shift from mythology to the cosmos. Chris Hemsworth gives us his best performance as Thor simply by appearing to finally have fun with it.
In this episode of “Thing In A Minute,” I use Thor: Ragnarok to analyze the formula for fun movies. I compare fun movies to a roller coaster ride, where there are thrills upon thrills and, at the end, you can’t wait to ride again.
About Thor: Ragnarok
Thor: Ragnarok has a 92% on Rotten Tomatoes. It also earned an 88% Audience Score, the highest of any Thor film to date.