Playing Thor as a Comedy
As the Ultimate Marvel Fan I am not entirely sure how to process Thor: Ragnarok.
Fans of the comic/sci fi genre always viewed the source material a powerful drama. These characters are real and not to be made fun of.
Hollywood on the other hand viewed the characters as a joke to be played for laughs. The 1960s Batman and a comic Lex Luthor in 1978's Superman are prime examples.
Then came Batman in 1989. Batman and the Joker were no longer a joke. They were real. The audience responded with Batman raking in $411 million (in 1989 dollars) on a $35 million budget.
It took a while but a dramatic version of X-Men appeared in 2000. Again the audience responded with the X-Men movies pulling in $5 Billion.
While comic relief was always present in Marvel films drama and realism was always the driving force.
The movie trailers presented Thor as a drama. But now we come to Thor: Ragnarok being played as almost a full out comedy.
So we come from the X-Men where Magneto was a victim of the Holocaust to a Thor laugh-fest.
I will give major points to Cate Blanchett as the Goddess of Death. She helped keep the story grounded in drama.
The Hulk-Thor interactions and much of the rest of the movie is humor based. As a purist that rubs me the wrong way. I will say the Hulk portions were done very well.
Bottom line: is the movie entertaining? Hell yes . . . in a bucket of popcorn put your brain in neutral kind of way.
My opinions on movies often change with repeated viewings. Time will tell on this version of Thor.
Rated - 8 out of 10
|Hela the Asgardian Goddess of Death is based on the Norse goddess, Hel. The ruler of Hel and Niflheim, the character has been a frequent foe of Thor.|