I had a grand old time here. Ball busting-ly funny and the dramatic moments really landed for me. I didn't really feel the tonal shift all that much and pretty much just rolled with it. This movie had me in its pocket from the get-go. Especially that first scene with Skurge.
-walks into frame- "My stuff"
This is probably the most I've liked Loki in any of these movies. His "YES! THAT'S WHAT IT FEELS LIKE!" moment utterly destroyed me. And the emotional payoff at the end was plenty sweet as well. Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie was AWESOME and yeah I found it plenty strange how Sif is completely wiped from existence (and the Warriors Three get wiped off the board with nary a tear) but I like the hot, drunken mess that is Valkyrie so much more so I'm good with it.
I love Hulk. I think he's a great character in his many facets. Be they the complicated examination of Banner's psyche as some writers play it. Or the lovable green oaf as portrayed by others and specifically here. And boy oh boy did I love everything with him here. They've really excelled at making the character work on screen, especially with the amount of screen time here. I like it a lot when Hulk's a bit of a wild card that might be a boon or a detriment to any situation at a given moment. And they play with that a bit here which I hugely appreciated. Wish we could have gotten more with Banner and his worries about not changing back. I really think there was enough there to support a full on PLANET HULK movie but alas. At least what we get REALLY works.
And THAT moment...fuck I haven't laughed that hard in ages.
Most complaints I have are about how a lot of moments happen "Because Movie". Like, ok, Heimdall is able to see all over the universe but misses the GIANT FUCKING WOLF and skeleton soldiers at the end of the bridge? Just small stuff like that.
But the way Taika's sensibilities shine through here. And to Marvel's credit, they REALLY let him do his thing (This is probably the sweariest Marvel movie yet and I LOVE it) and that really carries this through any missteps. Also, this was really fucking gorgeous to see. Not just the Valkyrie flashback stuff but a ton of shots on Sakaar and during the climax were all Van Art worthy. And I mean that with the highest of praise.
And Peak Goldblum is always welcome.
Overall, this MIGHT just end up one of my favourite Marvel flicks. Fuck I love Taika and he brings it in spades here.