Movie Review: Thor: Love and Thunder (2022)

Directed by Taika Waititi, Thor: Love and Thunder is a 2022 superhero action comedy film, based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. Having saved the world from the threat of Thanos, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is now on a journey to find out about who he really is. Along with Korg (Waititi), King Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), and a returning Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), who is now wielding the formerly shattered Mjolnir, Thor travels the realms in order to contend with a new threat: that of Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale). Thor: Love and Thunder is the 29th overall film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), the sixth film in Phase 4 of the MCU, the fourth solo Thor outing, and a direct sequel to Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers Endgame.

+ overall, I thoroughly enjoyed Christian Bale as Gorr. I don’t see why they didn’t give him the head tentacles, especially as it would have separated him from the other human antagonists. It’s a shame Bale didn’t get more of a Loki’s style chance to build himself up to this movie, as I think the MCU could have been really onto something with him as an arc villain (which would have also tied into Venom’s appearance in Spider-Man: No Way Home). For my money, Russell Crowe steals the show as Zeus, in all the flamboyance and obscenity you might expect from a “God” in this MCU. Crowe/Zeus is responsible for the only laugh I had in the entire movie
+ a portion of the film is in monochrome/black and white/greyscale, and I loved it. Visually, it was something completely different to the rest of the film, and it made Gorr stand out as someone who could literally affect the world that we, the viewers, saw him in. I would thoroughly enjoy something like this in any upcoming Spider-Man media, leading to his acquiring of a new, black suit

– I understand the concept of character growth, but Thor, Valkyrie and Korg are almost entirely different characters to when we last saw them. Jane (Portman) gets a pass just because of how long it’s been since her appearance in The Dark World, but this was such a by-the-numbers movie that I’m shocked anybody could call themselves a fan of these characters after this film
– literally none of the spoken/audible jokes are funny, and in fact most of them made me cringe. In a similar sort of way to how Waititi’s TV series “Our Flag Means Death” fell off in the second half, the bloom is off the rose with Waititi’s comedic style in this second film he’s directed. An ongoing joke involving goats made me hate the movie every time it was referenced
– I never felt any excitement for the action. I understand that by nature of his abilities, Thor is a very CGI heavy character, but this felt unnecessary when it was Thor swinging an axe at Christian Bale wielding a sword. It reminded me of the horrendous, PlayStation 2 graphics of that final fight in Black Panther
– overall, I felt this just had a blatant disregard for not just the source material, but for the fans of that source material. In the same way that Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City made fun of concepts from that video game series, this movie seems to shun those who understand references to the comics. The way the film glosses over the sacrifices of the Warriors Three in Ragnarok make me physically angry
– oh yeah, the Guardians of the Galaxy. Their involvement is an intentionally deceptive marketing tactic. Don’t be fooled, this is not a team up movie

> I am triggered as heck that they repeatedly use the phrase “a Thor”. You cannot be “a Thor”. You can have the “powers of Thor”, or you can act “like Thor”, but the way the film uses Thor as a title and not his given name made me furious
>I don’t particular care for Guns N’ Roses, so forgive me if I have nothing nice to say about the soundtrack. Dio’s “Rainbow in the Dark” blasts over the end credits, which makes those credits the best part of the movie in two ways

Should you see this film: For a long time, Thor: The Dark World was the dark mark of the MCU. This garbage fire of a movie proves that Waititi’s run on Ragnarok was a fluke at best, and this sequel has ruined any goodwill that film built up. I’m so angry at how bad this movie was, because I really thought Ragnarok was going to let Thor be the God of Thunder he should be.


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