The Movie: 7.3/10
Thor has never been one of my top “super hero” characters. I have always had some fun with the movies, but as most people who read my reviews know, I don’t read the comics or graphic novels so movies are my only way into the Marvel universe. What this means is that I know only what the movie makers decide to show me. I get it, Thor is a Nordic god with a long long legendary mythology with lots of stuff and lots of details that I don’t have swimming around in my head while I watch the movies, so I do think that means I don’t have that same affection a lot of Thor lovers have.
What I have never really liked about Thor movies was a certain lack of commitment to being either hardcore gritty or goofy funny. This time around, Thor Ragnarok goes fully goofy and uses all the comic fantasy elements to its advantage. I know their world is at stake and the destruction of the Thor people is pretty darn bleak but it’s not done in dark foreboding way. They address the weight of the situation while keeping the full otherworldliness that someone from another dimension deserves:)
The story for Thor doesn’t do much for me either, if I’m honest. I get it, in his world he’s powerful and they rule a bunch of other worlds under his father, Hannibal Lector. They are warriors who fight off big bad guys from taking over the realms they are supposed to protect. On Earth he’s super powerful and his fighting abilities help us puny humans battle the bad guys too. The thing is, the whole Loky thing and now finding out about a sister (who is really cool by the way) and the tension with this one place being so perfect and ripe for destruction by its enemies…..it’s just not that captivating to me. I’ve watched Star Trek episodes in which I get more attached to worlds and planets in just a couple of minutes than I have in all the Thor movies combined for this crew on, whatever the name of the planet is.
As for how it looks and the big special effects and the spectacle of it, yes, fun and entertaining. I had a good time in the fantasy of it, and how it never tried to venture into the darkness of a Nolan Batman movie.
Overall I had a good time with Thor and his adventures to different places, and yes, Jeff Goldblum was very cool:) The junk planet is awesome and we get another dose of woman power in a lead character who is there as part of the team, not just a sidekick. I recommend Thor Ragnarok if you are a completist, or if you want to enjoy the less heavy Marvel movies and just go along for the ride on a rainbow every once in a while.
- Director Intro (2 Minutes) – Taika Waititi mostly talks about himself in this hilarious commentary. If you are a fan of Flight Of The Concords this is a must.
- Getting In Touch With Your Inner Thor (6 Minutes) – A look at Hemsworth’s performance of this more mature version of Thor.
- Unstoppable Women: Hela & Valkyrie (6 Minutes) – A close look at Hella & Valkyrie played by Cate Blanchette and Tessa Thompson.
- Finding Korg (8 Minutes) – Director Taika Waititi plays Korg in the movie and here we see how the digital trickery comes to life.
- Sakaar: On The Edge Of The Known And Unknown (8 Minutes) – A look at the Junk planet that plays a major part in the film.
- Journey Into Mystery (6 Minutes) – A look at some of the original Jack Kirby art from the Ragnarok comics.
- Gag Reel (2 Minutes) – Fun on the set.
- Marvel Studios: The First Ten Years The Evolution Of Heroes (5 Minutes) – A promotional piece that sets up the next movie in the franchise Avengers: Infinity War.
- Deleted Scenes (6 Minutes) – Mostly extended scenes nothing that should have been in the film, for completists only.
- 8-Bit Sequences (3 Minutes) – Animated storyboards that were used to frame the major battle scenes.
- Audio Commentary With Director Taika Waititi
- 4KUHD, Blu-Ray & Disney Digital Copy
Audio & Video: 10/10
Thor comes to 4KUHD and Blu-ray with a massive Hulk Smash. This fully digital fun movie looks amazing on 4K and Blu-ray with the HDR lighting of the 4K disc slightly improving on the 1080P version. Skin textures and costuming are so crisp you can see the stitching. Flesh Tones are lifelike even on alien creatures. This is a theatrical presentation at home and is as impressive as home video gets.
The DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 lossless track submerges you into Thor’s world with amazing separation and dynamic range. One thing I did notice here was volume was a bit weak, but a few tweaks of my receiver and Thor was firing on all cylinders.
Overall Score 7.5/10