Whomever reads this article, if they be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor!
Hello readers, it’s Jt and Stephen here to write all about the latest MCU epic that just hit theaters, Thor: Love and Thunder!
Thor: Love and Thunder is the 29th entry in the MCU and the 4th solo Thor movie. The film is directed by Taika Waititi and stars Chris Hemsworth. Thor’s path from when we first met him more than 11 years ago to now has been nothing short of spectacular. The first two films were more down to earth and grounded, and the last two have been fun and colorful.
This film has Waititi’s handprints all over it, with a combination of comedy, romance, action, and thrilling moments all put together in a span of a 1 hour, 59 minutes.
JT aka Love’s Review
Let’s start with the negatives
I only have two negatives they aren’t that big. The length and the oversell of comedy. The film is short and that does hurt its pacing and overall storytelling.
Some scenes felt rushed, and others felt like they drug on forever. I would’ve maybe given it 10-15 more minutes to let it breathe, especially in the emotional scenes, but that’s just my opinion!
Next up is the over usage of comedy and jokes. One of my favorite comedy films ever is
Mighty Python and the Holy Grail and the humor in that is dumb and silly but fans love it!
When this film had the silly and goofy moments, some scenes were perfect, yet some scenes went a little overboard and I was waiting for the next scene to start.
Now we get to positives!
I had the most fun I’ve ever had in a Marvel movie with Love and Thunder.
This film had a perfect balance of when to be serious and when to be romantic. The dynamic between Thor and Jane reminded me a lot of a romcom and I really enjoyed that!
The acting was also great with Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, Natalie Portman as Jane Foster aka The Mighty Thor, Christian Bale as Gorr the God Butcher and Russell Crowe as Zeus, who is in my opinion the best character in the movie. I do think that each actor played a fantastic role and that the new roles and characters we were introduced in the right way!
Now, this is a personal thing, but I always add fan experience into my reviews. In this case, everyone at my theater was gathering around a huge cutout of the film’s poster and talking about what they hoped to see in the movie.
Once the end credit scene rolled, everyone got up from their seat and walked to the lobby raving about the film they just saw, heading back to that poster to chat. I thought that was a pretty cool experience.
Overall, I had a blast watching this film and it was even better the second time around!
I would give Thor: Love and Thunder an 8/10 Thunderbolts!
Stephen aka Thunder’s review
I’d like to start off by saying i’m a huge fan of Thor, I love his comics and I love his solo films, so it’s safe to say that I was very excited to see this when it was announced.
In my opinion, Thor: Ragnarok was an amazing film, I like the change of Thor’s character and it makes him more amusing to the average viewer.
Thor has been through a lot, and I mean A LOT — from watching Loki and Heimdall die to the hands of Thanos to losing Mjolnir and feeling unworthy.
He’s dealt with his depression by using humor — a common coping mechanism for those like myself who struggle with depression. This film went through different themes and showed so much emotion and they all lead to one thing, love.
Jane Foster returns to Thor’s life after being diagnosed with stage four cancer, and she meets Thor again in Asgard (as we see in the trailer) after traveling there, being called by Mjolnir.
The story overall was straight foward, with little to no side stories.
Gorr was a standout of this film to me, Christian Bale was incredible and haunting as Gorr, and is now one of my favorite villains in the MCU. Marvel Studios made a great decision in getting Bale to play this diversive, maniacal character.
Natalie Portman was also great as Jane Foster — she shows so much color despite being drained physically and mentally from cancer, an absolute scene stealer.
Russell Crowe plays the psychotic, always drunk, constantly blabbering Zeus, and he played it perfectly. He was so egotistical and snobby just like how Zeus is portrayed in mythos, I couldn’t think of a better usage for Crowe than Zeus. It was a match made in Valhalla.
Another thing that makes Marvel movies so fun and anticipating to watch is the action sequences, what new choreography and camera techniques are they going to use this time?
Taika shows his artistic flourish with some really impressive camera movement and composition with some of the scenes in this film. I love the direction it goes in and the way they move scenes together.
Some minor flaws
However I do have flaws with the film, the runtime is short and the pacing shows that. Coming in at 1 hour and 59 minutes, I’d love to have a good 30 minutes more in Love and Thunder. there is a lot we could’ve discovered and learned along the way.
I also believe that the humor was a bit much during some pivotal scenes, there were times it felt like they kept pushing the scene with jokes when it could’ve ended sooner.
Regardless, this has been one of my favorite movies in the MCU and I love how fun it was. It was fresh and new especially after Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ release.
In the end, i’d give this film 8.5/10 Thunderbolts!