Thor: Ragnarok comes after the first two cinematic adventures with the character firmly established him as one of (if not the) weakest series to date within the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe. Fortunately for him (and us), however, Ragnarok finally gives us the good Thor movie we've been waiting over half a decade for; gone are the useless, Earthbound subplots, weak love interest (sorry Jane!), and obnoxious, unnecessary comic relief supporting characters that hampered the previous Thors, and in their places, a fun, colorful exile on a foreign planet that's like a cross between an intergalactic junkyard and a high-tech, alien version of the Roman Empire, an amusing buddy-comedy dynamic with a permanently enraged Hulk, of all characters, and a light, consistently irreverent sense of humor that finally feels natural for the most part, courtesy of New Zealand director Taikia Waititi. Granted, the converse of that is that the occasional dramatic moment tends to either be undercut by an inappropriate moment of levity, or not land with much impact (as I actually feel the previous Thors did a generally good job with their more serious moments), which is one of the weak spots of the film, along with an (admittedly fun) Cate Blanchett performance being somewhat wasted in her not-too-interesting subplot on Asgaard. Still, all of that isn't enough to cancel out the high points of Ragnarok, and, while this is still the weakest MCU entry of 2017 as far as I'm concerned, it's still saying something for the continued consistency of this Universe that such a 3rd place-finisher can still be a pretty good time at the movies, regardless.
Final Score: 8