Well, I know I’ve been falling a little bit behind but sometimes that’s what happens when you trying to write a novel. So I may not be getting in the one post a week but I’m somewhere in the ballpark.
Last weekend, I went to see Thor: Ragnarok. As some of you may know, I like to look at the films that are in my genre and comment on the writing since, well, that’s what I do. I’m one of those individuals that always pays attention to the details beyond the acting. Writing for me is crucial because if you don’t write a good story then you really don’t have a good film. It doesn’t matter how many’s special effects or top name actors that you have it. It all starts and ends with the story. Being as these genres are things that I’m quite familiar with and right to a degree (their close cousins to the things I create), it’s right up my alley to give my 3 1/2 cents on what the writing in these works.
The first thing that I have to note is that when the movie was released to the critics, it got a whopping 93% on Rotten Tomatoes. Color me impressed. When I had seen the trailers, that is not what it looked like to me but maybe I was missing something so when I got ready to go see the movie, there was a part of me that were is waiting to be surprised.
I was surprised. I was surprised that it wasn’t that good.
I am definitely the odd man out on this. The movie has been doing well at the box office and comic fans are salivating over it. I’m just not one of them.
It’s not that the movie was awful. It wasn’t. The abject silliness that went throughout the whole movie just got out of control. There was a one-liner and then another one-liner and then another. It didn’t take the ramifications of what was happening seriously. I mean, we are talking about Asgard’s total destruction. Yes, there needs to be some comic relief but for the whole movie to be this comedy-fest just brought it down to the dregs of mediocre. It certainly wasn’t a build up to a great climax for a trilogy.
Another thing that bothered me about the whole film was in fact that it didn’t stay true to the source material. Again. Hela being the goddess of death was ridiculously powerful and you can add to that deeply shallow. The Grandmaster — an Elder of the Universe — (extremely powerful beings in Marvel) was a bumbling idiot. I normally like Jeff Goldblum but it was a travesty to see such a powerful character brought to such stupidity. Major supporting characters (Fandral, Volstagg, and Hogun) were killed quickly, without any kind of respect. It got to a point where if you didn’t know anything about the source material, you really didn’t care about Asgard’s destruction. That was all the back drop for a good laugh. That is because of bad writing though it was because of bad decision making at Marvel Studios for the expense of a buck. Big bucks in telling, superficial, hokey, banal stories.
All fiction writers, to some degree, have to perform research in order to build a believable world. When doing movies based on comic book heroes, the source material is where they should go for the major plot points of anything that goes on with that hero. To deviate so far away from Thor in terms of the character as well as how seriously Asgardians took the coming of Ragnarok, the whole movie was an exercise in how lazy somebody can be as a writer and how patronizing they can be to the fans.
All in all, at its best, the movie was mediocre. C or C-. I’m not real sure why it was so popular with the critics but I can guess it’s because the source material has been jettisoned for other reasons that the scope of this post can’t cover.
I’m looking forward to Black Panther because I’m confident they are going to take the first black superhero seriously.
A lot has been happening but for now, it’s time to get back to work. I’ll let you know here real soon.
See you in the Tapestry!