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« on: November 06, 2017, 06:32:47 AM »

Sooo on Saturday evening it was off to our favourite local independent cinema for the third installment of Thor.  I waver between watching every single trailer for a movie I'm intending to see, and watching as little of them as possible in order to go into the movie with no preconceptions.  Ragnarok is one where I tried to watch as little as possible, although I couldn't help but see the early viral videos of Thor wandering around on Earth doing funny things.  This didn't sit well with me as I associated Thor with a fair bit of seriousness, considering that the first was directed by Kenneth Branagh of Shakespearean legend.

I was met with a movie that I wasn't expecting at all.  And I'm still of two minds about whether I fully accept it.  This is a comedy.  It's a space comedy not unlike Guardians of the Galaxy, but even more wacky and not a little camp.  It's taken the recent Marvel direction of comedy in movies like Ant-Man and Spider-Man Homecoming and amped it up several notches, and while it's good, I wish they had leaned a bit more on drama and emotion to give it some balance and variety.  There are some dark and abruptly brutal parts of the movie which I won't reveal for the spoilers, but overall, this is a movie that the kids would laugh at throughout.

There are dozens of Easter eggs and references to previous comics and even Australian/New Zealand culture in this film, courtesy of the director Taika Waititi.  Things like this are great for the fans, although I wonder how scriptwriters draw the line between delighting the audience and being clever for clever's sake.  The soundtrack has a lot more popular music and less orchestral score, something which makes it differ from the previous installments, too.

All in all, I recommend this film if you are open to the idea of a Thor space comedy.  Lots of action, great cinematography and direction, some very surprising bit parts (watch the Thor-Loki reenactment very closely) and fun characters make this an enjoyable ride.

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« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2017, 10:06:39 PM »

I kind of feel the same way, although I thought the comedy actually hurt the film in some places.  There are several dramatic scenes in the film that get completely undercut by a sight gag or a snarkly line.  I didn't want the film to be too dark but I did want the drama to be taken a little more seriously.

Maybe I'm finally starting to feel the superhero film fatigue that I know a lot of people are feeling.  As even when I like the film, its the flaws I seem to be remembering more.

I did like Hela.  I thought they did a good job bring the character to life and her costume looked better then I thought it would.   Considering the character has one of the more outlandish costumes.  She only has the horns form some of the time.




So-I liked the movie, but its flaws were pretty easy to see.
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« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2017, 09:04:59 AM »

It had it's problems but overall it was a fun movie.

I went to see it with my Dad and sister. When Jeff Goldblum appeared for the first time and we saw what he was wearing we turned to each other and were like "Ooooohhhhh... No no no... Noooo."
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« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2017, 07:23:46 PM »

It had it's problems but overall it was a fun movie.

I went to see it with my Dad and sister. When Jeff Goldblum appeared for the first time and we saw what he was wearing we turned to each other and were like "Ooooohhhhh... No no no... Noooo."

Yeah.  When Jeff Goldblum's character was revealed I thought, "what?  Jeff... Goldblum?  He's here?  And he's playing... what??"

And I also agree with @WingedSerpent that the comedy hurt the movie in some places.  There were some moments which could have been more effective had they not slapped a comic comment afterwards.  It's a bit like what Joss Whedon was doing in many Buffy episodes, and 80's Hong Kong cinema was notorious for it.  Something really dark and nasty happens, and then suddenly it's all candy canes and winking at the camera.
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« Reply #4 on: November 08, 2017, 01:12:59 PM »

I think people may be overselling the degree to which it's a "comedy." The tone is genrally lighter than the usual Marvel movie, and Jeff Goldblum is funny as the comic relief, but I didn't think it was quite as much of a comedy as GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY or SPIDERMAN: HOMECOMING. The director is definitely better handling the interplay of the characters than he is with directing action or effects scenes, though.

Anyway, it's a nice change of pace overall. I think Marvel has to be running out of steam by now, but they still keep tweaking the formula just enough to keep my interest---most of the time.

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« Reply #5 on: November 09, 2017, 12:34:27 PM »

This movie reinforced my latest realization about myself: I'm more and more finding women in their late 40s/early 50s very attractive. I guess that's normal since I'm getting older, too, lol.
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« Reply #6 on: November 10, 2017, 10:35:09 AM »

Just saw it last night. Someone was channeling The Fifth Element hard when they were making this movie.
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« Reply #7 on: November 10, 2017, 06:57:09 PM »

Someone was channeling The Fifth Element hard when they were making this movie.

That...is the the best description of this movie I've heard so far.
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« Reply #8 on: November 10, 2017, 09:16:06 PM »

Someone was channeling The Fifth Element hard when they were making this movie.

That...is the the best description of this movie I've heard so far.

My reaction was that the director was smoking dope and chowing down on mushrooms, and made everyone on set do the same.
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« Reply #9 on: November 17, 2017, 11:16:47 PM »

It wasn't a comedy.  It was an action movie.  Sure, it was an light hearted action movie with a lot of humor, but it felt more action adventure than comedy to me. 

Also it did have some nice serious moments.  Especially between Thor and Loki. 

Most importantly though, it was a fun movie.  I loved Dr. Strange's  brief role. 
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