Round 1: Same, same, but different

Arts and Entertainment Reviews

Thor: Ragnarok vs Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

By Alexis Tucker, Managing Editor

Thor: Ragnarok Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Year Released 2017 2017
Running Time 2 hours, 10 minutes 2 hours, 18 minutes
Opening Weekend (USA) $122,744,989 $146,510,104
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $802,233,599 $863,756,051
Internet Movie Data Base (IMDB) 8/10 (80%) 7.7/10 (77%)
Rotten Tomatoes 92% 83%

Statistics from IMDB.com and rottentomatoes.com

The case for Thor: Ragnarok

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Thor: Ragnarok is a huge turning point for the Thor series. Thor: Ragnarok has it all: the visuals, amazing CGI, comedy, more homage to the origins of Norse mythology and the story overall just feels the best it’s ever been.

Thor’s “upgrade” is the perfect addition leading up to Infinity Wars, especially when it never made sense he couldn’t control his god powers before. His upgrade was long overdue, and the writers dealt with this aspect of the story well.

The characters were fleshed out much more than ever before and the most interesting they have ever been. Thor has become a more dynamic character, and he finally feels like he has a personality, which he always seemed to have that potential.

The case for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was just as witty and fun as the first one, but now, with the new baby Groot to create wonderfully funny moments. The Guardians worry about Groot, and they care for him just like a baby from making sure he doesn’t eat anything strange to rocking him to sleep.

The soundtrack has always been good in these films, and the reasoning behind playing fun music has added depth to the movies even if they are just some popular songs from decades ago.

Ever since the first one, Peter Quill’s father has always been of great interest, especially when one person says something about his heritage when he is holding the infinity stone.

There are some jokes that are references to the first one, but mostly, all of the jokes were new and refreshing.

The ending poses many questions about the future of the Guardians and how many people are apart of the Guardians.

Poking Holes—spoilers ahead

Too much of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was spent on Ego’s planet. It has also been frustrating that neither of the movies have brought the Guardians closer to Earth in an attempt to connect everyone before Infinity Wars. Ego’s evil nature was too cliche and felt too obvious once enough time was spent on the planet.

The characters, while well-developed in Thor: Ragnarok, were taken in a completely different direction, and at times, the characters didn’t feel like themselves, especially with everyone cracking jokes. How did Hulk get on Sicar? It doesn’t make sense!

Thor: Ragnarok is trying to play off the success and originality of Guardians of the Galaxy, which is evident in the 80s visuals. The director even explained that he was going for that kind of feel. He wanted Thor: Ragnarok to be fun, and if people on set weren’t having fun, then he wasn’t doing his job right.

Conclusion Thor: Ragnarok WINS!

Even if Thor: Ragnarok was copying Guardian of the Galaxy, both movies were different and enjoyable. Thor: Ragnarok has become a beacon for what Thor movies can be and what could have been. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 wasn’t as good as the first, and the film didn’t deliver as many laughs. Thor: Ragnarok gave a new perspective on an old character, provided exploration of unknown places and introduced a cast of new characters to look forward to seeing in further films

 

Best Quotes
Thor: Ragnarok Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
“Yeah, same. Hulk like fire, Thor like water.”

Hulk

“I am Groot.”

Groot

“Well, I tried to start a revolution, but didn’t print enough pamphlets so hardly anyone turned up. Except for my mum and her boyfriend, who I hate. As punishment, I was forced to be in here and become a gladiator. Bit of a promotional disaster that one, but I’m actually organizing another revolution. I don’t know if you’d be interested in something like that? Do you reckon you’d be interested?”

Korg

“I told Gamora how when I was a kid I used to pretend David Hasselhoff was my dad. He’s a singer and actor from Earth, really famous guy…. Yondu didn’t have a talking car, but he did have a flying arrow. He didn’t have the beautiful voice of an angel, but he did have the whistle of one. Both Yondu and David Hasselhoff went on kick-ass adventures and hooked up with hot women, and fought robots… I guess David Hasselhoff did kind of end up being my dad after all. Only it was you, Yondu.”

Peter Quill

“What are you, Thor, god of hammers?”

Odin

“Awesome! We’re really gonna be able to jack up our prices if we’re two-time galaxy savers.”

Rocket

 

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