The First ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Reviews Are In, With Three Big Standouts

Critics are now posting their thoughts on “Thor: Ragnarok,” and it’s clear they like it — more than the previous “Thor” movies — and they seem to agree on what they like best:

  • The humor — calling Taika Waititi’s film one of the funniest Marvel movies yet.
  • Mark Mothersbaugh’s musical score.
  • Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie as the film’s “MVP.”

Here are a few of the early reactions:

#ThorRagnarok ⚡️ABSOLUTELY ROCKS! I was totally blown away by the story, action, effects, performances, & one of Marvel’s best soundtracks!

— Umberto Gonzalez (@elmayimbe) October 9, 2017

Btw, #ThorRagnarok is solid MCU fun. Great music, Blanchett is awesome, looks/feels like an 80’s video game. Slight, but wholly entertaining

— Scott Mendelson (@ScottMendelson) October 9, 2017

Thompson is great too, a subversion of the “bad-ass” female action figure. At its best, #ThorRagnarok has an occasional GHOST PROTOCOL vibe.

— Scott Mendelson (@ScottMendelson) October 9, 2017

#ThorRagnarok is magnificent. They added so much humor that goes perfect w the action. @TessaThompson_x is Badass @MarkRuffalo is incredible

— Xilla Valentine (@BlogXilla) October 9, 2017

After seeing #ThorRagnarok I can say that @chrishemsworth‘s Thor will become many people’s No.1 favorite Avenger. The guy shines in this.

— Conner Schwerdtfeger (@ConnerWS) October 9, 2017

#ThorRagnarok: a goofy good time. Easily the funniest non-Guardians MCU flick – EVERYONE in it is funny. Great music (Mothersbaugh), fights.

— David Daniel (@CNNLADavid) October 9, 2017

Also re #ThorRagnarok, pretty pls @Marvel @thorofficial gimme all the GIFs of Cate Blanchett & Tessa Thompson SLAYING their scenes

— Kara Warner (@karawarner) October 9, 2017

#ThorRagnarok was an absolute BLAST! Hysterical and seriously kick ass! Also @taikawaititi is a riot!

— Jenna Busch (@JennaBusch) October 9, 2017

#ThorRagnarok is the best Thor movie BUT still think it’s really good not awesome. Hemsworth, Hulk & Tessa all great, though. And Goldblum!

— Jim Voodooda (@JimVejvoda) October 9, 2017

#ThorRagnarok is a ton of fun! Self-contained MCU plot, but character work is awesome, and the adventure a thrill. Best of the Thor movies!

— Evil Eric Eisenberg (@eeisenberg) October 9, 2017

Thor: Ragnarok is just plain fun. It’s hilarious from start to finish with quirky performances & exciting action. Tessa Thompson is the MVP.

— Germain Lussier (@GermainLussier) October 9, 2017

Thor Ragnarok is one of the funniest Marvel Studio movies thus far, definitely the best Thor film. Loved Mark Mothersbaugh’s score.

— Peter Sciretta (@slashfilm) October 9, 2017

#ThorRagnarok is laugh out loud funny from start to finish. Stumbles a bit in the first act, but it triumphs when it gets weird with it.

— Haleigh Foutch (@HaleighFoutch) October 9, 2017

All the new #ThorRagnarok characters are knockouts, but Tessa Thompson walks away with this movie. All hail Valkyrie.

— Haleigh Foutch (@HaleighFoutch) October 9, 2017

The technical work on this movie is spectacular too. Visuals are stunning & Mark Mothersbaugh’s score might be Marvel’s best.

— Haleigh Foutch (@HaleighFoutch) October 9, 2017

‘Thor: Ragnarok’ has a few surprises I didn’t know about. One of them is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G and possibly the funniest scene in any @Marvel movie.

— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) October 9, 2017

‘Thor: Ragnarok’ music/soundtrack is fantastic. And some of the visuals are insane. Seeing again as soon as I can. Another @marvel winner.

— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) October 9, 2017

Loved ‘Thor: Ragnarok’. @TaikaWaititi did an awesome job. Movie is loaded with his trademark humor. Laughed beginning to end.

— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) October 9, 2017

Check out more initial reactions at Thor’s own special hashtag. Full reviews will be posted after the embargo is lifted, but it looks like a fresh score is ahead — maybe not top of the heap, but high. (DC fans, this is not bad for you, “Justice League,” or the DCEU. It’s OK for people to like another Marvel movie.)

“Thor: Ragnarok” stars Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk, alongside Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie and Cate Blanchett as Hela the Goddess of Death. Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Karl Urban, and Anthony Hopkins co-star. The movie arrives in theaters on November 3.

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