So. This was intended to be funny. And of course, it was. Mainly in the slapstick forgettable way – kind of like Guardians of the Galaxy vol 2, which was a romp while it lasted but gone the instant it ended.
Thor: Ragnarok will stay a bit longer, mainly because it so clearly is part of a longer game, acting as a bridge towards The Biggest Explosion Ever (aka Infinity War). And those parts are not funny, at all.
I did smile quite a lot, I will admit to that. But Ragnarok is about Thor coming of age, centred on Thor’s identity crisis. And identity crisis are serious stuff, yes? Especially when triggered by an evil bad-ass and extremely powerful older sibling.
But, ah – this is a super hero story, introspection and self-doubt is for Bergman films, so how credible can they make it?
Not at all, it seems, because the darker streaks gets embedded in cheap laughs.
But. One of the things with super hero flicks based on super hero comic books is that credibility is not required. We go into the theatre checking our disbelief at the door, and as long as the film is entertaining, the hero wins the day, and (most) of his or her friends survive the day, we’re good.
And Thor: Ragnarok entertains, people mainly survives, and so all’s well.
(I still think that MCU would benefit from being a bit more Shakespearean, it has the potential. It would add some flavour for the adults watching, making it more than a explosion galore show-off intended to excite testosterone kids.)