Trailers for Thor: Ragnarok made the God of Thunder’s upcoming fight against Hela, the Goddess of Death, look like a roaring, somewhat campy good time. And, if the first to social media reactions to the film are anything to go by, it seems like the new, explicitly funnier and weirder approach to Thor has paid off.
The film was screened for members of the press over the weekend, and though full reviews are under embargo until October 19, viewers were allowed to post their impressions to social media. Pretty much all the tweets seem to point to one thing: everyone should go see Thor: Ragnarok.
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Gemain Lussier from io9 thought that Thor: Ragnarok was “just plain fun. It’s hilarious from start to finish with quirky performances & exciting action.” Lussier also noted that Tessa Thompson, who plays Valkyrie, is the “MVP.”
Collider’s Haleigh Foutch echoed Lussier’s comments, adding that the first act is weak relative to the rest of the film.
Bustle’s Anna Klassen also lauded the film for its weirdness.
Kara Warner of People, meanwhile, gave praise to Cate Blanchett (who plays Hela) and Jeff Golblum (who plays the Grandmaster).
IGN’s Jim Vejvoda came in with a relatively lukewarm, but still postive, take on the film, while also highlighting the performances of Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Goldblum, Hulk (played by Mark Ruffalo), and Thompson.
Slashfilm’s Peter Sciretta wrote that the movie was one of the funniest Marvel films yet, but said the film’s emphasis on comedy could work against it for some movie-goers.
Sciretta also praised Mark Mothersbaugh’s score for the film, but he wasn’t the only critic to praise the film’s music. The Wrap’s Umberto Gonzalez thought Thor: Ragnarok had “one of Marvel’s best soundtracks,” which isn’t surprising, considering how unique it seems to be from the film’s trailers.
Xilla Valentine didn’t just think it was the best Thor film, but one of the best Marvel films, period.
According to Cinemablend’s Conner Schwerdtfeger, Ragnarok’s emphasis on humor and character may change who people think of as their favorite Avenger (though whether he’s still considered an Avenger in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is kind of up in the air).
Thor: Ragnarok will premiere in US theaters on November 3.
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