There was a time when none of this existed. That’s what I have to tell myself every time I sit down to watch a new movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. There was a time when Thor was just a crazy guy who amazed Sara in Adventures in Babysitting. The guy with the hammer, right? That trading card you use with Iron Man to get Wolverine.
All those years later and we had four Thor movies, not counting his appearances in various Avengers movies. We live in a time when such things are possible. So every time I start my negative critical brain going into my movie-watching experience, I’m reminded that there was a time when none of this existed for better or worse. .
Given that these movies exist, though, and since Love and Thunder just came out this weekend, we felt it was time to watch all of the Thor movies and find out how we rank worldwide.
Ranking of the best Thor movies
Thor: The Dark World (2013)
Many call The Dark World the worst MCU movie, and there may not be a third action that ultimately avoids melodrama in favor of entertainment that pleases people. Finally, here’s Thor 2 delivering things as our bodacious God chases Christopher Eccleston’s black elf Malekith through a series of portals that zip our characters across the universe. The sequence is exciting, fun, funny, and always intense.
The problem is because you have to travel the last hour and a half to get there. Honestly, you better skip Alan Taylor’s memorable Thor sequel altogether. Honestly, you’re not very lacking. There are connections to the larger MCU universe (mostly because of Infinity Stone serving as MacGuffin in the film), but otherwise it seems like a useless, possible origin, exercise to force a series of there is no one. (Although Tom Hiddleston stars as Loki again and Natalie Portman is cute as Jane, even her chemistry with Chris Hemsworth hasn’t improved.)
It’s a smacks of studio interference, so maybe there’s a better version of this underwhelming sequel waiting to be discovered.
It’s easy to forget how bad the first MCU adventures were. Aside from Iron Man, other Phase 1 films are mostly close, and that sentiment extends the good intentions of Kenneth Branagh, if nothing else, Thor.
Part of the Shakespearian tragedy, part of the fish-out-of-water romantic comedy, Thor moves fast, while appearing with some handsome stars and some exciting sets. The problem is that the parts do not come together to form a satisfying whole. There is not enough sadness, humor, action or romance to satisfy anyone’s appetite. Plus, it all looks like it’s made in a cheap set behind a McDonald’s somewhere in California.
Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman (although good at their respective roles) have no noticeable sense of on-screen chemistry, and their romance fails to provide the kind of alliance or sexual energy needed. The pair is not helped by a weak script that looks more like a ‘to do list’ than an actual script, bouncing from point A to point B to point C quickly making it look like climbing. from Skywalker The Conversation by Comparison.
In fact, the best thing about Thor is Tom Hiddleston, whose Loki proves to be more attractive and interesting than our titular god of thunder. Also, we have to mention Patrick Doyle’s good mark, probably the only famous soundtrack provided by MCU to date.
Thor: Love and Thunder (2022)
I love the premise of Love and Thunder – an angry father takes revenge on the gods with the death of his daughter. I like Christian Bale as Gorr, I like the concept of Jane Foster-as-Thor. I like the romantic comedy angle. I love barking goats. I love the sibling triangle between Thor, Mjølnir and Stormbreaker.
However, I don’t like Love and Thunder. I don’t hate it. I enjoyed it but I wanted a little meat to chew with the variety of foods on offer.
Taika Waititi doubles Ragnarok’s awkwardness, but fails to bring any sense of urgency, heroism, or sadness to the processes. There is a lack of energy that hangs in the balance throughout the adventure, which is disappointing because there are so many good ideas that Waititi could have explored. The idea that gods like Zeus no longer care about humanity makes for some interesting drama and could lead to something along the lines of the popular God of War video game series, where a fool also sought to destroy the gods of Greece because of their betrayal. Except that Waititi seems to ignore all the material (outside of the Thor/Jane romance), and Chris Hemsworth decides that Thor is no longer a noble warrior, but a godly version of his dead brain. character from Ghostbusters (2016) – you know, the one who covers his eyes when he hears loud noises? At one point, she was wearing a pink apron and baking cookies.
However, Waititi has style. Love and Thunder are colorful, usually quite enthusiastic, and very fun in places. Jane Foster’s script is very good and gives Portman good material to use, and the film moves at such a pace that you don’t have time to deal with its flaws until you leave the cinema. Basically, it’s chewing gum – put it in your mouth, enjoy the quick burst of flavor, then spit it out before it loses its lightness. Don’t worry the taste won’t be fulfilled on the label.
Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
Ragnarok does for Thor what Winter Soldier does for Captain America: it makes the God of Thunder a real villain and a real character to boot. You love Thor for the madness of the head he is, but you also respect the hell out of his god abilities. He’s a guy you can open a beer with, and also a guy who can break your head with a beer, if you understand my drift. Hemsworth bets a bit on beauty and even shows Thor’s weakness – he’s a strong and selfish creature, even if he has feelings (he has a terrible history) and doubts. These details make the character even more interesting than previous films have made him.
Along with the ride are Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce/Hulk (which many also continue today), Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie (with her own tragic story), Cate Blanchett’s Hela (probably Marvel’s best villain to date). away), and Tom Hiddleston’s Loki, which puts his character in even more nuance than ever. Jeff Goldblum almost stole the show as Grandmaster, a cunning divine entity who lives only for entertainment, while Karl Urban gets some prime scenes as Skurge, one of Helen’s alipores.
Director Taika Waititi provided Ragnarok with so much free energy, intelligent humor, more action and infectious charm that everyone except the most ridiculous will be left laughing from ear to ear when the role is played. in generic.