The Marvel Cinematic Universe is about to take the God of Thunder in a wildly new direction with Thor: Ragnarok and many fans are excited about the change of pace. Of course, excitement is one thing, but it doesn't answer a vital question: is Ragnarok any good? Reviews have started to flow in after recent critic screenings, and it looks like Marvel has a flawed-but-fun winner on its hands. In fact, CinemaBlend's own Eric Eisenberg gave the film 4/5 stars in his review, referring to it as a narratively hollow, but absolutely never dull, entry in the greater MCU. Eric wrote:
Building off of that enthusiasm, Uproxx's review of Thor: Ragnarok echoes Eric's sentiment by heaping praise upon the film for its originality and the sheer amount of fun packed into every frame -- even saying that it surpasses James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy in terms of pure weirdness.
Beyond that, Thor: Ragnarok's commitment to its weirdness will apparently reward audiences willing to embrace the irreverence and self-awareness. Unlike something like Captain America: Civil War, this is trying to have fun with the genre as a whole. The Verge's review says explicitly:
However, amid all of the praise that Thor: Ragnarok has received from critics so far, the folks at IGN have made sure to point out that (while it's very fun), director Taika Waititi has a tendency to lose sight of Thor's core conflict with Hela because he has so much fun adapting Planet Hulk during its second act.
Similarly, although Indiewire's review of the film is generally positive (they even refer to it as "Marvel's funniest superhero movie"), it sounds like Thor: Ragnarok doesn't quite stick the landing as it moves into its slightly more formulaic third act. This might not feel too surprising for some of you, as this is something that has become a frequent issue for Marvel films over the years.
With all of those reviews in mind, Thor: Ragnarok will hit theaters on November 3. Tickets for the God of Thunder's upcoming solo film are currently available, so if you plan to see the movie, you can always go ahead and get your seats, now.
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