Review: Thor: Love and Thunder


After heading off with the Guardians post Endgame, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) encounters Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale) who is hellbent on killing all the Gods in the galaxy. While he heads back to New Asgard to assist King Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) he finds his former girlfriend Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) is wielding Mjolnir as the new Might Thor. 

After being thoroughly disappointed with Multiverse of Madness I was really looking forward to Love and Thunder. Ragnarok is easily in my top 5 MCU and I knew Taika Waititi would have some laughs in store for me.

And he did, I laughed quite a bit in this movie. It was fun enough to distract from the fact that the script was incredibly weak. I'm actually surprised how messy it was. What he does with Asgard is eyebrow raising to say the least. It's become a tourist destination, which is funny in itself, but then they have a Thanos themed ice cream shop which is borderline offensive considering he wiped out half their people including the beloved Heimdall. That was a big issue with this movie, they lean so hard into the humor that it always goes a smidge too far and doesn't land. (Except a reoccurring joke with a pair of goats, I laughed every single time that cameup)

Hemsworth and Portman still don't have chemistry together but as separate characters, I really enjoyed them. I was surprised how emotional I felt with Jane's 3rd act. It's very poignant and it works, but on Thor's side, I can't say I love where they left him. I'm not sure it fits. Art direction-wise, the film is gorgeous and I loved how they switched the gradient when they went into the Shadow world.

Phase Four has certainly been a mixed bag, and I can only hope Black Panther 2 wraps us up nicely at the end of the year. I can't even ask if this is for you or not. If you're a Marvel fan, you're gonna watch it regardless. 

Grade: B-

Comments

  1. I did enjoy the film a lot though it is flawed in terms of its tone. Still, I thought it was well-made while I would agree with you on the Thanos ice cream store which is kind of fucked up considering what he did. If they had put Tony's hand in the gauntlet, then I would've been OK with that. I did re-watch Multiverse of Madness on Disney+ as it was better the 2nd time around though it still has its flaws. I know I'll see this one again on Disney+ just to get some more details. Notably the tattoos on Thor's back as I noticed that there's a little bit where Thor had the names of those he loved such as Heimdall, his parents, Loki, Tony, and Natasha.

    I know there's going to be people that's going to shit on the fact that the cast members and Taika put their children in the film but I have no problem with it. Considering that it was made during the pandemic and they didn't want to be away from the kids. Why not have them in the film so they can have fun? Plus, I love seeing those kids kick some ass to the music of GNR.

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    1. I'll have to relook at the tats, I only noticed Loki's name. I don't think it's a big deal that their kids were in it either, it was probably fun for them.

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  2. I will watch it but it almost seems like a theme park...hmm...Disney now owns the world so I can see Disney in this. I don't even know who runs Disney.

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    1. Is it still Bob Igar? I can't keep track lol

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    2. It's Bob Chapek. I know, it's confusing. At least it's not fucking Michael Eisner. I hate that guy.

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