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“Thor Ragnarok” is directed by Taika Waititi, who wrote and directed “What We Do In The Shadows” and “Hunt For The Wilderpeople,” two of the 21st century’s best movie comedies. The “Ragnarok” footage I’ve seen makes me laugh. Steve Strange pops in. Jeff Goldblum employs the Hulk. I’m excited.

The critics are beginning to weigh in:

Entertainment Weekly says:

... Thankfully, the newest — and unquestionably funniest — big-screen Marvel adventure, Thor: Ragnarok, seems hellbent on finally unleashing Hemsworth’s real secret weapon: his humor. With the exception of Deadpool and the Guardians of the Galaxy films, Ragnarok may be the only Marvel-hero movie that feels like it’s first and foremost a comedy. And on those terms — and those terms only — it’s a triumph. … Grade: B …

USA Today says:

... By far the best of the solo films starring Chris Hemsworth as the hammer-wielding warrior, Thor: Ragnarok (*** out of four; rated PG-13; in theaters Nov. 3) is a fantasy romp infused with director Taika Waititi's signature goofiness (Hunt for the Wilderpeople). It’s zany to a fault, though: The adventure leans hard into the campy Flash Gordon vibe and slapstick humor, so much so that when the third act save-the-world stuff comes, it doesn’t feel completely earned. … The best surprise of Ragnarok? Both sides of Hulk, the rage monster and the insecure genius, get more to do than in their prior two Avengers appearances. Even tonal issues can’t upend the magic this movie taps into putting Thor and Hulk together as new best buddies, whether they’re throwing down in an arena or having a bromantic heart-to-heart.

The Associated Press says:

... Thor gets to join an irreverent comedy sideshow on the planet Sakaar — a sort of wasteland at the end of the universe run by a Grade-A weirdo who calls himself Grandmaster, played, fittingly, by Jeff Goldblum. It’s this section that is pretty amusing and where Waititi’s irreverence really gets to shine with pratfalls and witty writing. It’s no surprise that this is right up Goldblum’s alley, but the real delight is Hemsworth who knows just how to subvert the Thor character without turning him into a total mockery. He’s a real comedic talent, which audiences got a taste of in “Ghostbusters.” And Tessa Thompson is fantastic as Valkyrie, a hard drinkin’ fighter with a secret past she’d rather forget. … the most fun of the Thor movies by a long shot, but it is still very much a Thor movie for better or worse. … **½ out of four.

Variety says:

... while it’s not saying much, “Thor: Ragnarok” is easily the best of the three Thor movies — or maybe I just think so because its screenwriters and I finally seem to agree on one thing: The Thor movies are preposterous. …

The Hollywood Reporter says:

... The relatively laidback angle on all the murderous spree-ing gives Chris Hemsworth a chance to find the comic groove beneath the title character's beefcake godliness. He does it expertly, and the self-mocking humor is all the more welcome given Thor's essential blandness. Even Anthony Hopkins' high-ground patriarch feels a tad looser … it's the loose-limbed laughs that amp the story's comic-book formula. In the evanescent Ragnarok, even the shock of grievous bodily injury evaporates before our eyes. …

“Thor Ragnarok” hammers U.S. cinemas Nov. 2.

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