Thor Love and Thunder Review

Thor Love and Thunder Review
Thor Love and Thunder Review

Thor Love and Thunder Review Rating : 2/5

Marvel Cinematic Universe has peaked when Avengers: EndGame delivered at the box office unprecedented numbers all over the world. Now, the next set of films have to continue the trend upwards and onwards not downwards. Except for the massive Spider-Man: No Way Home, none of them really delivered on the huge expectations. Shang-Chi managed to bring some positive word of mouth albeit the criticism for generic storytelling. Dr. Strange Multiverse of Madness did not deliver on the hype and Thor: Love and Thunder has a very low-key buzz compared to Strange sequel. Has MCU run out of the steam? Will Thor be able to revitalize the diminishing interest? Let’s discuss…

Plot:

Thor (Chris Hemsworth) joins Guardians of Galaxy in saving the Universe. Thor works on his body and gets back to shape with one combat after another but then he feels lost. Gorr The Godbutcher (Christian Bale) forces him to return to New Asgard on earth after Sif (Jaimie Alexander) looses her hand in a battle. Gorr lures Thor to New Asgard.
In the meantime, we get to see Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) looking to survive from cancer Stage 4. She feels a connect with Mjolnir and as the hammer re-assembles for her, she wields it to become Mighty Thor. Gorr unable to battle with Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), Mighty Thor and Thor together at a time, kidnaps children of Asgard. Thor has to request Zeus (Russel Crowe) to join him in his quest. What happens next? Watch the movie to know more …

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Analysis:

Thor films have suffered underwhelming response in comparison with other mighty heroes among the Original Trident, Ironman and Captain America. Taika Waititi revitalized Thor with a comic take diving away from the rather serious and boring tone of previous two films. Thor Ragnarok delivered on thrills and comic portions. It seemed to have imaginative cracks at mythical Gods. Same Taika Waititi tried to continue with same tone sans the inventiveness or imaginative stunt choreography he displayed in Ragnarok. This film feels like a first draft being made into a film rather than well thought out one. For the sake of fan service, Thor adventures starts off with Guardians of Galaxy but then they are immediately tbrown to the back seat. Jane Foster storyline would have added more emotional power and value to it had she got the power to fix Mjolnir from Thor’s mother when she was at Asgard. It could have been nice tie end with logic.

Mjolnir choosing Jane and healing itself when Thor thinks it has been broken beyond repair removes the emotional value that the birth of Stormbreaker had in Avengers Infinity War. Valkyrie gets pushed away to a third wheeler and she doesn’t get a decent storyline like in Thor Ragnarok. Christian Bale gave a moving performance in early portions but then his character has been reduced to him giving wicked looks and wielding sword against Thor and Mighty Thor. The sacrifice that the heroes make needed more emotional depth with Gorr adding to the terror and drama. The film feels too simple and Taika Waititi seems to have had too many ideas to be brought in to this film giving Natalie Portman another strong entry into the MCU. Film feels like a movie stitched by bringing together few filler TV episodes rather than a cohesive story like Ragnarok. Performances wise everyone did try to be Taika rather than being themselves in several scenes. Hemsworth and Natalie didn’t seem like a forced pairing this time around. All other aspects of filmmaking are decent enough for a MCU film.

Positives:

  • Chris Hemsworth
  • Few Jokes
  • Action sequence with Mighty Thor
  • Runtime

Negatives:

  • Too generic screenplay
  • Fizzled Thrills
  • Gorr underexplored
  • Few characters underutilized

Thor Love and Thunder Review Rating : 2/5

Bottom-line: Not a Thunder Bolt!

Watch Marvel Studios’ Thor: Love and Thunder | Official Trailer

Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson, Christian Bale, Taika Waititi, Russel Crowe, Matt Damon and Guardians of Galaxy

Crew:
Writers: Taika Waititi, Jennifer Kaytin Robinson
Editor: Matthew Schmidt, Peter S. Elliot, Tim Roche, Jennifer Vecchiarello
Cinematography: Barry Idoine
Music: Michael Giacchino, Nami Melumad
Director: Taika Waititi
Producers: Kevin Feige, Brad Winderbaum