It’s been a while since I went to a Marvel Movie on opening night. Opening weekend, yes, but not opening night. I hadn’t actually been planning to see Thor: Ragnarok in theatres, but when a friend proposed a group dinner and movie, I decided to join the group more for the company than for the movie.
I was kind of dreading Thor: Ragnarok. I wanted to love all the Thor films the way I love the Iron Man films. I really did. I don’t though.
Thor itself was pretty good. Not as good as I wanted it to be, but a solid film. I added it to my film collection without hesitation.
Thor 2: The Dark World disappointed me. I’ve secretly called it Thor: The Boring World. It will go in the collection eventually for completeness sake, but I haven’t gotten around to picking it up yet. It wasn’t bad, exactly. Just boring. I almost fell asleep in the movie theatre, something that’s only happened once: when I saw Dances With Wolves. I tried watching The Dark World again on streaming and promptly fell asleep when I was home. I didn’t even drowse for Only Lovers Left Alive and that film is beautiful, but one of the slowest paced films out there made in the modern era.
Thankfully, Thor: Ragnarok had everything that I liked in Thor and nothing I disliked from Thor 2. It was dark enough to be dramatic and humorous enough to keep it from turning into a sulking emofest. I enjoyed it thoroughly. I will likely see it again in the theatre if I can manage it and it will come into the Marvel Movie collection once it comes out on disc.
I might pick up Thor 2 at that time, too. I need it for completeness sake. Probably not, though.