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On the one hand, I quite liked this film. On the other, I spent the whole thing wondering if the director had taken the script of a Guardians of the Galaxy movie and changed the names to make it a Thor movie.
The first scene has Thor in a cage for reasons never fully explained, talking to a skeleton. Huh? Then he starts snarking at Surtur, something that would be more in-character for Loki than Thor. Actually, the first time I watched it I thought that was Loki, in disguise as Thor. But no, it's Thor.
Then, in the space of minutes, Thor goes back to Asgard, reveals Loki has taken Odin's place, and sets off with Loki to find Odin, who dies just after they find him, and whose death is immediately followed by the appearance of Hela, whose existence in the MCU was never mentioned before this film. Talk about fast-moving.
Most of the rest of the film was enjoyable for how entertaining it is rather than for how good it is. There was one thing that I absolutely hated, though. Loki, as usual, tries to betray Thor, and Thor responds by... electrifying him. And then walks off, leaving Loki in pain with no way of stopping the pain. That was when this version of Thor came damn near crossing the Moral Event Horizon in my opinion. And this is never brought up again! Loki — Loki, of all people — seems to completely forgive Thor for it!
Hela's a great villain, but her scenes are so dark (massacring the soldiers, destroying Mjolnir, taking out Thor's eye...) that they clash with the comedic, light-hearted mood the rest of the film tries to convey. The result is a jarring Mood Whiplash. The truly good parts of the film are Loki and Doctor Strange, both of whom are unfortunately underused.
Loki, as usual, tries to betray Thor, and Thor responds by... electrifying him. And then walks off, leaving Loki in pain with no way of stopping the pain. That was when this version of Thor came damn near crossing the Moral Event Horizon in my opinion.
Awful things Loki has done to Thor:
Stab him when they were eight years old.
Try to kill him and genocide a planet.
Try to kill him by dropping him out a Helicarrier and murdering a friend of his.
Try to kill him and invade a planet.
Abandon his adopted father to die with his memory obscured.
Leave Thor to die by Hulk.
Try to betray Thor again and sell him to the Grandmaster.
Frankly Thor should\'ve caught the hint the second or third time.
I admit I find this a bit incoherent with what we saw in the original movie, but don\'t care that much because that was so damn funny.
It was a prank, bro
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