Disney and Marvel have uber confidence in their upcoming Taika Waititi-directed feature “Thor: Ragnarok,” so much so that the social media embargo for the film has lifted a full month out before its release in cinemas in the United States. Full reviews aren’t due until next week with the film’s global rollout commencing later this month.
Early social media reactions for Marvel films from the junket crowd are always strong, and yet here there’s an interesting and unexpected division this time. The good news is everyone seemed to like the film, but the caveat is several reviewers aren’t fully enamoured with it.
Almost all praise the comedy and call Tessa Thompson’s performance as Valkyrie the standout one, but the film’s short runtime has led to a few comments of it being ‘slight’. Here’s a sampling of reactions:
“Tessa Thompson is hands down the best part of #ThorRagnarok. She rocks. Hope she’s New Avenger someday. Also Cate Blanchett has fun. As for rest of the movie it may be divisive. I thought a lot was hilarious (if not too long) but felt like I was only one laughing at times. The works building is great. Taiki has a vision. It’s just gonna be interesting how it plays. I’ll also say I loved Jeff Goldblum but that was a given. Idris Elba also has a beefed up role which was nice.” – Gregory Ellwood, The Playlist
“#ThorRagnarok is a ton of fun! Self-contained MCU plot, but character work is awesome, and the adventure a thrill. Best of the Thor movies!. Hulk is once again the scene-stealer, and a lot of it is that he can finally talk. Great to see him back on the big screen. #ThorRagnarok” – Eric Eisenberg, Cinema Blend
“Btw, #ThorRagnarok is solid MCU fun. Great music, Blanchett is awesome, looks/feels like an 1980s video game. Slight, but wholly entertaining. Thompson is great too, a subversion of the “bad-ass” female action figure. At its best, #ThorRagnarok has an occasional GHOST PROTOCOL vibe.” – Scott Mendelsohn, Forbes
“#ThorRagnarok is laugh out loud funny from start to finish. Stumbles a bit in the first act, but it triumphs when it gets weird with it. All the new #ThorRagnarok characters are knockouts, but Tessa Thompson walks away with this movie. All hail Valkyrie.” – Haleigh Foutch, Collider
“Thor Ragnarok is one of the funniest Marvel Studio movies thus far, definitely the best Thor film. Loved Mark Mothersbaugh’s score. Jokes and characters are front and center to the action & drama. This will be the thing people will either love, or dislike, about the film.” – Peter Sciretta, Slashfilm
#ThorRagnarok is the best Thor movie BUT still think it’s really good not awesome. Hemsworth, Hulk & Tessa all great, though. And Goldblum” – Jim Vejvoda, IGN
“Thor: Ragnarok is just plain fun. It’s hilarious from start to finish with quirky performances & exciting action. Tessa Thompson is the MVP.” – Germain Lussier, io9
“I just saw #ThorRagnarok and Marvel has 100% done it again. Great action, tons of laughs, and some fantastic superhero action. #SpidermanHomecoming is still my favorite Marvel movie of 2017, but #ThorRagnarok is easily the best Thor movie to date” – Conner Schwerdtfeger, Cinema Blend
“THOR RAGNAROK is hilarious & weird & offbeat & retro & sublime. Love how Marvel let Taika Waititi make a movie that’s Waititi-ish as hell. Jeff Goldblum is glorious in Thor Ragnarok, but didn’t expect anything less. I mean look at this man.” – Kevin Polowy, Yahoo
“#ThorRagnarok is SO much fun I almost can’t take it. The best: Thor movie, Cate Blanchett scene stealing, Jeff Goldblum Goldblum-ing. Also re #ThorRagnarok, pretty pls @Marvel @thorofficial gimme all the GIFs of Cate Blanchett & Tessa Thompson SLAYING their scenes.” – Kara Warner
“#ThorRagnarok was not good. Hemsworth’s performance was strong and probably the best thing about it. Worst part was script.” – Mikaela Farahmand, Screenwriter
“#ThorRagnarok: a goofy good time. Easily the funniest non-Guardians MCU flick – EVERYONE in it is funny. Great music (Mothersbaugh), fights. Kudos to @TaikaWaititi for crafting a kickass, hilarious MCU movie. Well done, sir. #ThorRagnarok.” – David Daniel, CNN
“Thor: Ragnarok” opens October 24th in the UK, October 26th in Australia and New Zealand, and November 3rd in the United States.