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Thursday
Nov022017

Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

I left October exactly as I’d found it, with a conflicted sense of what kind of movies are (and are not) recommendable. I felt half-bad steering people away from the gorgeous but pointless and overlong Blade Runner 2049, and here I am, about to burst the bubble on Thor: Ragnarok. It, too, is gorgeous and, for the first half, remarkably funny, imaginative, and unpredictable. But the God of Thunder’s (Chris Hemsworth) space-road-trip with Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and a rogue Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) soon gives way to cookie-cutter comic-book-movie bullshit. Cate Blanchett plays yet another genocidal villain with daddy issues (just how many illegitimate kids did Odin have, anyway?) who mows through CGI foes like…well, CGI foes. She also draws power from her home planet—a concept that worked so much better in Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2, six months ago. Leave after hour one. Sneak into Blade Runner 2049. Repeat.

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