I have said before, that just because a movie is funny, doesn’t mean that it’s any good. This rule was born from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 That movie and Thor: Ragnarok contain similarities because they are both heavily influenced by the 80’s. The main difference, and the most important, is that Thor: Ragnarok is a comedy through and through. Not only is it more funny than the Guardian movies, but it has an appropriate tone for the narrative that truly guides the story.
Thor: Ragnarok is the first true comedy from Marvel Studios. It was made as a comedy, not just a movie with added jokes. The story was built with jokes in mind allowing it to flow seamlessly. This gives the movie a prominent advantage when it comes to how you experience the movie. It isn’t the occasional one-liner that hits you either, the whole movie is built upon jokes. What also helps to immerse the audience is the soundtrack.
Marvel movies have a history of not having truly memorable music. There are certain sounds or themes for characters that might be remembered, but there is no distinct sound for the Marvel Universe. This movie doesn’t change that fact, but the music does stand out and adds a great touch to the whole thing. It really pops and adds a whole other level of enjoyment to the movie. What is even more satisfying is when the music from the trailer plays. Many times a trailer will either have music absent from the actually movie or not have it playing in the scenes promised from the trailer. Thor: Ragnarok has the great music from the trailers in key moments making it truly great.
The visuals for this movie are actually crazy. Crazy on how good they look and how artsy they feel. This movie, more than any other Marvel movie, has great and beautiful imagery that I would have loved to see in 3D. Movies continue to have breathtaking visuals, but the framing of shots really put this movie on a different level. Movies continue to have breathtaking visuals, but the framing of shots in Thor: Ragnarok really put this movie on a different level.
The story overall was good. It wasn't a tonal wreck like the Guardian movies were; it knew it was a comedy and planned its story accordingly. It was funny. Truly the redeeming story of the Thor brand. I would see it on a big screen if I were you.