Thor: Love and Thunder
Directed by Taika Waititi
Quick synopsis… Thor’s plans for finding inner peace in retirement end abruptly when he’s called upon to halt Gorr the God Butcher’s plans to eliminate the gods. Joining Thor in his quest are King Valkyrie, Korg and ex-girlfriend Jane Foster.
Here we go…
Oh, I should say I’m gonna keep this as spoiler free as I can up until the end. So if you haven’t seen Thor: Love and Thunder yet, stay tuned for now.
Right off the bat I want to say I was really entertained by this latest Marvel film. Of course I have to compare it to the previous Thor film, Ragnarok, which was also directed and written by Taika Waititi. Personally, I think Ragnarok was the better movie. Part of that could simply be the surprise that Ragnarok was when comparing it to the original Thor and The Dark World.
That’s not to say I think Love and Thunder is a bad film. I’m not saying that at all. I found it funny and action-packed but also touching where it needed to be.
It was great to see Natalie Portman return as Jane Foster, having not been seen since Thor: The Dark World. I found her character much more interesting this time around than in her previous appearances. And, man, did she hit the gym to get ready for this movie. Because when she is wielding Mjolnir, she is jacked. I mean, just look at those arms.
The Guardians of the Galaxy make a cameo appearance at the start of the movie and I’m glad that’s all we get. I was a little afraid that they would play a larger role after Thor left Earth with them at the end of Endgame. But their inclusion was basically a nod to that ending and then they were off, leaving Thor to have his solo film.
I won’t go into details about Gor the God Butcher so I can avoid the spoilers. But I will say that Christian Bale did a fantastic job and gave, without a doubt, the best performance in this movie. I just wish he’d had more screen time.
Overall I felt like the film had a great message about overcoming grief and loss and showing the differences that people can have when dealing with that grief, or the paths that grief can lead us down.
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