THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER – “A Godly amount of Bonkers fun”

Chris Hemsworth as Thor in Marvel Studios' THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER. Photo by Jasin Boland. ©Marvel Studios 2022. All Rights Reserved.

RATING

DIRECTOR

Directed by: Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok – 2017)

MAIN CAST

  • Chris Hemsworth as Thor
  • Christian Bale as Gorr the God Butcher
  • Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie
  • Jaimie Alexander as Sif
  • Taika Waititi as Korg
  • Russell Crowe as Zeus
  • Natalie Portman as Jane Foster / Mighty Thor

SYNOPSIS

It is the sequel to Thor: Ragnarok (2017) and the 29th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU)

Thor embarks on a journey unlike anything he's ever faced -- a quest for inner peace. However, his retirement gets interrupted by Gorr the God Butcher, a galactic killer who seeks the extinction of the gods.

REVIEW SUMMARY

With a Godly amount of Bonkers fun, Thor: Love and Thunder will surely send fanboys and fangirls home with a smile! Doubling down on the wacky silliness introduced in Thor: Ragnarök, director Taika Waititi goes for laughs in every instance. The problem is that the comedy doesn’t always work – it’s batting about a 70/30. Luckily, he has also blended the film with some genuine heartfelt emotion. The actors play a big part in this of course, as Christian Bale and Natalie Portman deliver some wonderfully tender moments. Bale also goes all in with his villainous portrayal too, showing shades of, ironically, the Joker. It really is great stuff! I was also happy to see Portman get a bit of a “redemption” arc here, as her character surely deserved better. As for our star, Chris Hemsworth, the hulking actor is effortless in his appeal at this point. The Thor character is fully realized, and this more relaxed take is perfect for Hemsworth. On the story front, things are a little less impressive. Sure, the stakes are high, but it never feels like these characters are in any real danger of losing. The pacing is also somewhat odd, with more than a few flashbacks making for some disjointedness at the start. It came close to be a mess, but the movie finds its footing in the third act, sticking the landing with a crowd-pleasing finale. And, depending on your connection to certain characters, you can expect a few tears to be shed (no spoilers of course). Yes, Thor: Love and Thunder is another win for the folks at Marvel, but it doesn’t rank among the best of the best. Regardless, the God of Thunder will rock you once again – and for that, we thank him!

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