I'm pretty much in keeping with everyone else here, and I'm having some very conflicting feelings about this movie.
On one hand, the jokes almost entirely landed for me. It's a tremendously funny movie and I was thoroughly entertained.
On the other, I feel like it skews just a bit too much towards being an outright comedy. Guardians Vol. 2 seems like a tear-jerker oscar-bait drama by comparison to this thing. If you're one of those people that complains about the Marvel Cinematic Universe being "weightless" then this movie should drive you up the wall, because almost every single moment that should have some emotional heft or gravitas to it gets undercut by a joke or gag. It's like if Yondu finished his "I know you boy, because you're me!" speech to Rocket in Guardians 2 and after a second Kraglin let out an audible fart to break the tension.
Thor feels like he's regressed as a character in every way except his relationship with Loki. It almost feels like losing Mjolnir makes him revert back to "arrogant ass" mode and the opening sequence has Thor basically doing the very same thing he did that got him exiled in The Mighty Thor all over again, even if it's for "better" reasons. It doesn't help that he is almost continually portrayed as a man-child (particularly in his argument with the Hulk). I do honestly believe that injecting some levity into the character for the big screen is the right idea, as Thor can be pretty dour in the books, but this felt like a bit too much. Thor's not really supposed to be a buffoon, and here "lovable buffoon" is almost his entire characterization.
And my poor fanboy heart was saddened to see the unceremonious offing of the Warriors Three (But Heimdall's role was welcome), and above all the fact that they did a half-assed homage to the Death of Skurge, which IMO is one of the finest and most epic moments in comicdom, after having made Skurge into mostly comic-relief. I do get the impression that the love of Simonson was there (There's another "Simonson Moment" near the beginning of the film that's just about perfect while still being altered for the big screen), but I think I would have rather have seen Skurge cut altogether rather than rush to get what amounts to a purely visual homage to arguably the most famous and beloved sequence in any Thor comic, ever.
I was also a little bit disappointed with the Grandmaster, who's a pretty formidable (and "serious") villain in the comics but here is basically comic relief yet again. Goldblum is fantastic in the role and for the context of the movie itself it works like gangbusters, but it was still a tiny bit disappointing.
And Thor doesn't feel quite right without a Mjolnir. Was really surprised it didn't get restored somehow by the end (along with the Warriors Three somehow getting resurrected).
All that said:
Tom Hiddleston wears Loki like a second skin by now, and as with the last two films the relationship between Thor and Loki remains a high point, and Hiddleston seems like he's every bit as enthusiastic about the role as he's ever been.
There's a cameo near the beginning of the film that's hilarious on about ten different levels, and very much gave me a deeper appreciation of Waititi as a director. The other cameos that surround it are great too, but easy to miss because of the first cameo.
The callbacks to the previous films (of both the Avenger and Thor variety) are all pretty great.
Again, despite feeling like the humor undercuts any drama and reflection a little too much, the humor IS still very, very funny. I'm conflicted that the Director seem to give himself all the best lines (as Korg), though. Maybe I'm a fuddy-duddy but that almost feels a little too on-the-nose.
Hela turns out to be one of the best Marvel villains, but more due to Cate Blanchett's blazing charisma and obvious glee at playing the vampy badass villainess than deep writing. I do REALLY hope they make her Thanos' object of desire because it would be a shame if she were a one-off and I feel like she would make for a lot of fun playing off of Thanos (and others).
The Dr. Strange cameo was great, and does really kind of make me wish we somehow get a full on Dr. Strange vs. Loki battle in one of the Infinity Wars.
Valkyrie was awesome. But now I want a Sif/Valkyrie buddy film where they can trash-talk Thor while they kick ass across the Nine Realms.
Hulk was great as well. Very much the old "savage child" Hulk come to (digital) life.
All in all despite my fanboy quibbles I'd still highly recommend it. It's tons of fun. I wouldn't be at all opposed to Waititi doing more in the MCU or with Thor specifically, but I hope he'd rebalance the humor vs. drama just a bit.
Edited by Jmacq1 - 11/3/17 at 6:33am