The social media embargo has broken on ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ and the first critical responses seem to be very positive, with particular praise going to the soundtrack.
Directed by ‘Hunt For The Wilderpeople’s Taika Waititi, the critics are saying that the New Zealand director’s brand of comedy works perfectly with Chris Hemsworth who turns out to be an amazing comedic actor.
The film is released October 27 and stars Chris Hemsworth alongside Tom Hiddleston, Tessa Thompson, Mark Ruffalo and Cate Blanchett.
The initial consensus on Twitter was that the movie is the funniest MCU film outside of the ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ series and is easily the best Thor film yet. “Laughing beginning to end”, one critic noted.
Another made the important note that the film is self-contained meaning that you won’t need to have seen the other 16 MCU to follow the plot. Hulk’s ability to speak, as revealed in the latest trailer, elevates the character to “scene-stealer” status.
Check out a selection of reactions to early press screening of ‘Thor: Ragnarok” below.
— Eric Eisenberg (@eeisenberg) October 9, 2017
— Conner Schwerdtfeger (@ConnerWS) October 9, 2017
Thor: Ragnarok is just plain fun. It's hilarious from start to finish with quirky performances & exciting action. Tessa Thompson is the MVP. pic.twitter.com/7GyYG4IZZ5
— Germain Lussier (@GermainLussier) October 9, 2017
— Umberto Gonzalez (@elmayimbe) October 9, 2017
Btw, #ThorRagnarok is solid MCU fun. Great music, Blanchett is awesome, looks/feels like an 80's video game. Slight, but wholly entertaining
— Scott Mendelson (@ScottMendelson) October 9, 2017
In further, more extensive reviews, the praise continues to roll in. “In a world of portentous blockbusters getting ever darker, it’s a joy to see one throwing on the disco lights,” writes Time Out‘s Philip De Semlyen, while the BBC‘s Nicholas Barber “the wittiest and most straightforwardly enjoyable of Marvel’s blockbusters.”
Little White Lies‘ David Jenkins claims that “It just might – might! – be the greatest Marvel movie.”
The Independent’s Geoffrey Macnab is more middling, writing that the film is “fun in its own kinetic, comic book fashion but it doesn’t have any dramatic urgency whatsoever,” while The Guardian write that it’s “so winningly, unpretentiously funny. It basically throws up its hands at its own ridiculousness and plays it all for laughs – and it gets them.”
“I want to just make one thing perfectly clear today: A standalone ‘Hulk’ movie will never happen,” confirmed Ruffalo. “Universal has the rights, and for some reason, they don’t know how to play well with Marvel. And, they don’t want to make money.”