I was fortunate enough to have a chance to sneak out to catch Thor: Ragnarok last night.  I am going to have to agree with the others and endorse the Norse.

Cast, Crew, and Other Info:

Director: Taika Waititi
Writers: Eric Pearson, Craig Kyle

Chris Hemsworth as Thor
Tom Hiddleston as Loki
Cate Blanchett as Hela
Idris Elba as Heimdall
Jeff Goldblum as Grandmaster
Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie
Karl Urban as Skurge
Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner / Hulk
Anthony Hopkins as Odin
Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange
Taika Waititi as Korg
Rachel House as Topaz
Clancy Brown as Surtur (voice)
Tadanobu Asano as Hogun
Ray Stevenson as Volstagg
(Many more at IMDB.)

Premise

Hela is raised, Thor ends up trapped on a distant world where he is forced into gladiatorial combat with the Hulk.

High Points

The movie knows what the fans want, epic slow motion shots that would make an incredible poster.  They do not skimp on these.  The use of Led Zepplin’s Immigrant Song adds as much to the movie as it does to the trailer.

Low Point

There is a line where campy comedy goes from outrageous to over the top.  This movie jump ropes with that line, landing on the wrong side of it often enough be noticeable.

The Scores

Originality:  4/6  There wasn’t much that we saw in there that doesn’t originate elsewhere, but they combine the elements into a different result.

Effects:  6/6 You can see it in the trailers, and it only gets better with the final film.  I saw it in IMAX 3d, and it was stunning.  It’s fight scenes between giant wolves and green brutes that make you forget you’re actually just watching an animated movie.

Story: 5/6 The story is not complex, even with the surprises they put into it.  I do have to give them credit for actually making more lasting effects.  We will see how long those changes remain after this film, but the places that the characters end the film is drastically different from where they began.

Acting:  4/6 I’ve read that 80% of the dialog in the movie was improvised, which does make the lines feel more honest, but it makes if feel like actors quipping more than heroes bantering.

Production: 6/6 I don’t think there are any points that they tried to pull off that they didn’t.

Emotional Response: 6/6 Twenty-four hours later and my viking battle cries are still echoing around the house.

Overall: 6/6 I wouldn’t claim it’s fine cinema, but it’s a great adventure flick!

Total: 37/42