Perfectly acceptable as an action movie but inspired as a comedy--which is probably where the Thor franchise should have been aiming from the start.
This viewer ... was wowed in fits and starts, but mostly filled with a new, ungrudging respect for Hemsworth.
Cate Blanchett's Hela is hella mean, hella snarky and hella striking with her hair slicked back into antlers.
The idea of pairing the oft-dull Thor with a series of oddball companions is an inspired, if necessary, move - so much so that it's baffling it has taken Marvel this long to smarten up.
"Ragnarok" is supposed to play for laughs, but it feels like the joke is on the audience.
It's witty, it's weird and it goes against decades of bloated, overserious comics fare.
What it lacks in urgency - which is a lot, given that the story involves an extinction-level threat to Asgard and All Who Therein Dwell - it makes up for in alacrity.
The only thing I enjoyed more than the comedy in Thor: Ragnarok was a climactic battle sequence synced perfectly to Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song."
Director Taika Waititi's take on the God of Thunder plays a bit like the rock mockumentary This is Spinal Tap: it's front-loaded with jokes, built around a severe humbling, and full of silly bombast.