Remember how everyone hated \'Batman and Robin\' for being too silly? How the times have changed. 20 years later the grimmest page in a superheroís history gets turned into Ghostbusters 2016-like comedy and critics and many members of audience claim it to be the best thing that could be done to him. At first the comic mood works great, but it gets increasingly annoying as the film goes on and the stakes are supposed to rise. Every time drama temperature starts to build, it quickly gets broken with another joke. After a while you realize that it wasnít \'the calm before the storm\' Ė the whole movie is the calm during the storm. Even the deaths of Warrior Three, Scourge\'s Redemption Equals Death or Asgard\'s destruction end up leaving zero emotional impact. The inability to take the movie even a little bit seriously also results into characters looking like parodies of themselves. And in case of the titular character it ironically hurts his appeal. Unlike Tony Stark or Peter Parker, Thor is a pure Wish Fulfillment character running on Rule of Cool: the mightiest Warrior Prince of a superhuman race with a cool weapon, who travels between the worlds and fights larger than life threats. Every time he is portrayed as a comic loser, it cuts down on what makes him fascinating in the first place! Thor isn\'t the only one who suffered Badass Decay. Asgardians in general are supposed to be a Proud Warrior Race. When someone comes to invade Asgard, its entire population should be out there fighting. Yet, Hela is resisted only by a group of armed guards, while the rest of Asgardian population can only run into cover. To be fair, given Marvel\'s statements that these guys aren\'t actual gods, but Sufficiently Advanced Aliens, it makes some sense that their society has more in common with modern West than with actual Vikings (politically correct faces among them certainly help this view)... if not for the movies being really inconsistent about that. Thor and Hela are constantly referred to as \'God of Thunder\' and \'Goddess of Death\', their powers don\'t get any other explanation, Odin guides Thor from beyond the grave... Are these guys gods or aren\'t they? Make up your mind Marvel and stick to it! Not all is well with the filmís structure either. Planet Hulk, while a great story on its own, has absolutely nothing to do with Ragnarok. Once Thor gets to Sakaar, the main conflict of the story slows down until he returns. The scenes on Sakaar are fun and well... but the fact Hela is conquering Asgard at the same time, slaughtering Thor\'s people, makes it hard to relax and enjoy them. Basically, it feels like two movies crammed into one, and each of them would be better on its own. As a parody though, this movie would work pretty well, since itís flashy, pretty action-packed and if you donít take the movie at all seriously, it can be rather enjoyable. The problem is, itís stated to be a straight Thor movie. Not parody. And in this status, well, no. Just no.
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