Yep. You read that right. A bold statement, right in the title. However, let me put this straight – Ragnarok is the most enjoyable movie, not the best one. I am an Iron Man fanboy, so this is why the first and the second Iron Man movies are my favourite Marvel movies (a biased reviewer is a biased reviewer). Still, Ragnarok is in my top three. Here’s why.
Why Ragnarok is worth seeing
You will immediately notice the similarities with Guardians of the Galaxy. Marvel took a safe bet reusing the Guardians atmosphere, mainly because both movies were received very well by the audience. And to my opinion, this one will be even better received by Marvel’s fans.
The previous Thor movies were good but not great, and this is probably because the Thunder God was not placed well in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Before this instalment, the Asgardian hero was portrayed mostly as a serious, nobleman, with a sense of duty (I am excluding the first couple of minutes from the first Thor movie). The problem here is that there is already a superhero with these characteristics – Captain America, for example.
In this movie, however, Thor is a funny guy who does not take himself very seriously. You can tell that Chris Hemsworth has never been more comfortable in the skin of Odin’s son. He may be foolish or naive, but he is learning from his mistakes. Also, the chemistry between Chris Hemsworth and Mark Ruffalo (Hulk) is paying out great. Every scene between them is a gem. Jeff Goldblum, although not crucial for the movie, was at his Goldblumiest and did not disappoint. Loki is doing Loki things, as usual, but there is also a growth in the character, which I suppose will be used for Infinity Wars.
It’s worth mentioning that this is the first picture, after the first Avengers movie, where the villain is really a threat. Marvel is known for their “weak” antiheroes which can be beaten quite easy when the movie is near its third act. However, Cate Blanchett’s portrayal of Hela is nothing short of “weak” – and this is where I will stop because…spoilers.
To put it short, the movie is not taking itself seriously, and this is good. Thor finally found its own place in the MCU. The movie gives the character its own uniqueness, which (hopefully) will be transferred to the next Avengers instalment. Thor: Ragnarok is of the most enjoyable comedies of the year. The fact that it is a superhero movie is just a bonus.
If you want to watch a genuinely funny movie, then Ragnarok is definitely for you. However, if you want to see something more serious, you might wanna wait for Black Panther.
PS. I intend to keep the movie reviews for a while, so I plan to make my own rating system, which I will use to rate the movies and make the posts more interesting. Let me know if you have any ideas!