The Student News Site of Texas A&M University - College Station

The Battalion

The Student News Site of Texas A&M University - College Station

The Battalion

The Student News Site of Texas A&M University - College Station

The Battalion

The intersection of Bizzell Street and College Avenue on Monday, Jan. 22, 2024.
Farmers fight Hurricane Beryl
Aggies across South Texas left reeling in wake of unexpectedly dangerous storm
J. M. Wise, News Reporter • July 20, 2024
Texas A&M LB Taurean York (21) speaks during the 2024 SEC Media Day at the Omni Hotel in Dallas, Texas on Thursday July 18, 2024. (Hannah Harrison/The Battalion)
A&M predicted to finish ninth in SEC football media poll, three Aggies earn preseason honors
Luke White, Sports Editor • July 19, 2024

Texas A&M football is expected to finish in the middle of the pack in the conference this season, per the SEC football preseason media poll...

Bob Rogers, holding a special edition of The Battalion.
Lyle Lovett, other past students remember Bob Rogers
Shalina SabihJuly 15, 2024

In his various positions, Professor Emeritus Bob Rogers laid down the stepping stones that student journalists at Texas A&M walk today, carving...

Writer Braxton Dore with the six Mochinut donuts he sampled from the restaurant. The writing on the box lid reads, More than just a donut, always near you.
Review: Mochinut's donuts are ideal for any dessert fan
Braxton Dore'July 22, 2024

The popular Japanese mochi and donut fusion restaurant, Mochinut, arrived in College Station in February 2024. The chain — founded in California...

Comedic over-reliance falls short

Thor
Photo by By Mariah Colón
Thor

The latest edition to the Marvel cinematic universe (MCU), “Thor: Ragnarok” is an over-comedic film, seemingly designed as a set up to “Avengers: Infinity War” that could’ve taken a much more serious tone. Minor spoilers ahead.
The new Thor movie has a lot going on. Over the course of the 2 hour, 10 minute runtime, Asgard is reshaped, Odin’s reign comes to an end, the goddess of death is introduced to the MCU and Loki and Thor undergo permanent changes to their characters, including the destruction of Thor’s signature hammer.
Benedict Cumberbatch’s Dr. Strange makes a brief but delightful appearance in the film that, while not altogether necessary, does a wonderful job of tying one of Marvel’s more underrepresented characters into the rest of the MCU.
However, despite Strange’s appearance and the plot chock-full of multiverse-altering events, nothing truly meaningful came out of the film.
The root of Ragnarok’s lack of meaningful themes is its dependence on comedy. The movie tries to be funny from the first second to the last, and while it does so with relative success, the light-hearted nature of the film prevented a feeling of magnitude for its many significant plot events and character developments.
That being said, the comedy in Ragnarok, while overused, is well done. I couldn’t stop laughing at some of Korg the rock-person’s lines. Voiced by director Taika Waititi, Korg is a hilarious side character that stands out as one of the funniest features of the movie.
Sure, Ragnarok is a funny film, but it could’ve been so much more. It had the potential to take audiences through several emotional character developments. It had the potential to make its villain, the goddess of death, Hela into a truly frightening force. It had the potential to make audiences feel the despair of the many characters who were trapped fighting against overwhelming odds at various points throughout the movie. It could’ve been a fantastic film, but it traded all that potential for laughs. So, while Ragnarok may be among the funniest Marvel films to date, it is far from what it could have been.
“Thor: Ragnarok” is worth watching for any Marvel fan, but not for anyone unfamiliar with the MCU. For any fan hoping to keep up with the MCU’s overarching plot line, this is an important movie to see. However, aside from its comedic value, the film has very little genuine emotion, and therefore very little worth on its own.
Keagan Miller is a general studies sophomore and Life & Arts writer for The Battalion.

Story continues below advertisement
Leave a Comment
Donate to The Battalion

Your donation will support the student journalists of Texas A&M University - College Station. Your contribution will allow us to purchase equipment and cover our annual website hosting costs.

More to Discover
Donate to The Battalion

Comments (0)

All The Battalion Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *