Thor: Love and Thunder – Earth’s strongest avenger returns in his weakest outing to date.
It’s safe to say that Thor Love and Thunder probably has the most humor of any MCU film to date but lacks what the previous films had; a good and well-paced story. It’s hard to imagine that a film with this caliber of a cast and returning Director Taika Waititi could produce another swing-and-a-miss Marvel film post-Endgame. This time, our favorite space Viking attempting to find himself again in his fourth outing but come across Gorr The God Butcher (Christian Bale), who intends to make gods extinct. After the Guardians of the Galaxy agree to separate in their quest to protect the galaxy, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) enlists the help of Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), Korg (Taika Waititi), and ex-girlfriend Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) for their help to stop Gorr.
Overall, Love and Thunder feel like a tale of two films. On one hand, the film tries way too hard to be silly injecting humor into every second of runtime in the first act. The second and third acts are a slight improvement while trying to add emotion and gravity but unfortunately, it’s not strong enough to save the film. Waititi and company squander all of its potential with an amazing cast and set pieces on an underwhelming script compared to the previous films. The abundance of humor in the film goes by so fast that there is very little if anything to digest and appears to suffer from it.
The humor goes by so fast that there is very little if anything to digest and appears to suffer from it. Hemsworth, Thompson, and Waititi’s performances are typical for their characters with what they are given. However, Portman’s return as Jane Foster and Bale as Gorr are the highlights. Their performances chew up the screen and do everything in their power to hold this film together. Just like in Ragnarok, Waititi enlists a handful of actors to appear in this film with a majority of them as cameos.
Love and Thunder fail to capture the magic from the previous film, Thor Ragnarok, and only provides the humor without the emotional attachments.