Ok, what just happened? This is isn't editing, this is flat out magic!! Why do I say this? Thor Ragnarok was my most HATED movie from all the MCU! I'm not even joking. I almost stopped watching Marvel films after this one. Not only the changed the comic a lot, they also made Ragnarok a damn circus!!! Slapstick, braindead jokes and idiotic dialogue at the end of the world!? If one movie needed to be serious and dark in Thor's trilogy, it was this one. So, as you can problably tell, I never in a million years would have thought this movie can be saved. I just couldn't see it. Enter DigiModiFicaTion!
Audio and visual editing, as always, was excellent! I didn't notice or "felt" that something was tampered with, at any scene. So, once again, job well done here!
On the narrative side of things, it is amazing that the editor actually saw that there is a good film that can be salvaged under all the juvenile nonsense! And not only that, now that I could watch the movie at peace and actually enjoy it, I remembered that it is very important one, plot wise, for the MCU. Thor loses his hammer (and eye), Odin dies, we learn the whereabouts of Hulk and how he comes back, Asgard is destroyed and of course the ending, where the ship with all the Asgardians meet Thanos. So you can imagine my overwhelming joy when I realized, as the movie went on, that I liked it!! Not to get greedy, but I will agree with some reviews, that a bit more trimming could be done. Ok, I understand some bad jokes need to be kept for plot reasons, like the one at the beginning with Skurge and the human guns (Des+troy), if you cut this you have a big problem with the character's resolution at the end. But others, like Thor's constant electrocution, could be trimmed I think. Again though, I can live with that! Having 5 bad jokes out the 50, that where before, is an achievement!
So, this version is recommended to everyone! Unless you liked the sillines of the original, obviously. Otherwise, this is will be your go-to version of the movie!! Not that we had a choice before this, personally I just skipped it entirely in my MCU marathons.
Thank you very much DigiModiFicaTion and thanks to anyone who read my review!
So... The theatrical release of this movie is one of my most hated movies of all time. Not because its the worst movie of all time or anything, but because I love the character Thor and I really enjoyed the first phase of the MCU. No, I hate the theatrical release so much because it represents just about everything that I think is wrong with modern pop culture, all in one package. I hate it. I really do. I have now watched it 3 times in 24 hours.
And this version is actually pretty darn solid. I didn't think the movie could be salvaged (and to be fair, its still my least favorite movie in the MCU so far) but its actually good. I would have cut even more of the silliness, but some of it was, I'm certain, just something that was impossible, like Valkyrie falling off the walkway of her ship. Crap movie is crap down to its bones. This version let the actual funny jokes breathe, let the story have the necessary emotional gravitas for a story about loss, regret, death, fear, and powerlessness, and it even found within it some great character moments. None of this was really visible through the thick coating of glitter and mindless fluff that originally encased this movie, but DigModification saw it like a sculptor sees the shapes in a lump of clay.
The technical parts of the edit were amazingly well done. I saw nothing that stood out other than some obvious moments in which Hela's lips were obviously not saying the words we were hearing in the battle with Thor, but all of that was handled so much better that the whole thing could have looked like a badly dubbed kung fu movie from the 70s and it would have been superior so long as it made sense. I was literally watching in awe as we kept approaching another cringe milestone and then we were past it, none the wiser for its passing. If you liked the theatrical cut, this is probably going to be bad for you, but for everyone else, this is the definitive version.
Now if there was a way to get rid of the terrible soundtrack and get something fittingly sweeping and epic instead.
In the words of Wayne and Garth, "we're not worthy!"
Like the rest of the reviewers on this thread I am not a big fan of the theoretical version of Thor Ragnarok, quite frankly they should have did away with the Sakaar stuff and just had the entire movie be about Ragnarok itself yeah perhaps it would have made for a shorter movie but at least it would have been short and sweet with less bad jokes, more action and some meaningful character moments.
Well I think there’s more that could have been trimmed especially the Sakaar stuff ugh, the things that were trimmed and slashed away definitely made this movie a little more bearable and watchable for me and managed to preserve at least some of Thor Odinson’s dignity.
This is the defenitive cut in my eyes, because it takes the stale jokes to make the movie a little more serious. The better jokes are still there and you're able to appreciate them more. MCU has a bad habit of doing this, probably to appeal to a younger generation, so having this cut really gives the more a lot more replay-ability. Overall, great job!
Like panexis and eternalsage, this is by far my least favorite MCU film. But unlike them, this fanedit does not make Ragnarok watchable for me. As eternalsage said, "crap movie is crap down to its bones" haha! So how to be fair when grading this edit?
Okay, the faneditor's stated goal was to "Trim down the overly ridiculous humor and some of the more over the top cgi fights". Did it do that? I think, MOSTLY yes. There's just SO much overly ridiculous humor in this that it might be impossible to cut it all. Some examples that are still in the film: Hela joking about taking out Thor's eye (with a slap, smh?), God of Thunder getting repeatedly tazed, "Is it though?", Asgardian groupies getting splashed by decapitation goo, Loki's 30 minute tazing, and so on. Can all that be cut? I honestly don't know. I feel like the only way to actually fix the humor in this film is with a much more ambitious re-edit, probably mixing up the chronology and re-scoring the film. It wouldn't be a "trimmed" edition. So I mostly have to give this a high rating, even though it was still like nails-on-a-chalkboard to me.
My thoughts on the film in general and what doesn't work are here: https://letterboxd.com/nottheacademy/film/thor-ragnarok/ But I have to say that I'm NOT opposed to humor in a Thor film. But the humor should be situational and happen as a result of character and story, not from improv-ing and TRYING to make jokes. So some of the humor that was removed here was actually consistent with that. Many of Korg's droll lines, Thor's story about Loki's mischief and some of his comments to Hulk, Hulk not caring about being naked, and...even though it probably is too much, I do miss Loki's "That's what it feels like!"
Overall, this didn't reshape the movie in the way that I wanted. I suspect that for people who really enjoyed it the first time and only realized there were issues when they heard other people complain: this will be the perfect sweet spot. Big, goofy, sci-fi comedy with charming people. It's not Thor, but a lot of people didn't care about Thor before this anyway. If so, this is the film for you.