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Movie Review: Thor 3 – Ragnarok

Sometimes you leave the theater loving a movie, but after giving it a little thought it starts to diminish. Other movies don’t make an immediate impact, but after some thought, and rewatching, becomes a favorite. I think Thor: Ragnarok will be one of the few films that accomplishes both. I enjoyed the movie throughout, and walked out impressed, and I think this will be one of the most enjoyable MCU movies over time. Right up there with the first Guardians.

What sticks out most is the humor. It starts off funny, and just gets better and better. And I never felt that the humor was forced.

It looked like all the actors had a good time making this movie. I feel that special recognition should be given to the writers and director. The character of Thor has come a long way since the first Thor movie. While not perfect, there’s a really good growth arc that came out in the writing, directing, and of course, the acting by Chris Hemsworth.

What really stood out was how well the actors used expressions to add depth to the story. It shows a maturity of direction that is rarely seen in action movies these days.

Lastly, and I don’t want to spoil anything, but the story comes around full circle in a beautiful way. Of course the good guys are going to win in the end. But it’s so much more meaningful when it comes with a price. Kudos to the writers for creating a story that’s easy to follow yet isn’t entirely predictable.

Movie Grade – A

Mark Ruffalo Sneaks in a Hulk Movie

We’ve had two prior Hulk movies that no one was happy with, and then Avengers rolled around. Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk was the one we’ve been waiting for, giving us a charming, understated underdog in his version of Bruce Banner. His friendship with Tony Stark was enchanting, fitting the two characters perfectly, while Banner’s surprising, tentative relationship with Black Widow was satisfyingly organic. Suffice to say Ruffalo could sell the big green goods.

All well and good. So, will we finally we get a proper Hulk movie? Apparently there are rights issues. Spiderman had rights issues, and it worked out just fine with Marvel’s Civil War and Homecoming. But at this point in the MCU (Phase Whatever), I’m not sure a Hulk standalone would fit. He’s showing up in a co-starring role tonight for Thor: Ragnarok (on a Thorsday, even), and his story will continue through Avengers 3 and 4 (the Infinity Wars).

According to this quick interview, Hulk gets his mini-movie snuck in over the course of the Marvel ensembles. I guess we’ll have to be content with that. If Ruffalo is fine with it, we can be too.

Mark Ruffalo on Hulk Movie  [<—- You Tube link]

But tonite, it’s hammer time! See you at Thor 3 …Rotten Tomatoes so far has it as the highest-rated Marvel film yet. I can’t wait.