Movie Review: ‘Thor: Love And Thunder’

Review by Lauryn Angel

Thor: Love and Thunder is finally out, and, predictably, some fans are complaining about Jane Foster taking up Mjolnir and fighting as the Mighty Thor – something that occurred in Jason Aaron’s 2015 comic series The Mighty Thor and they’re still mad about it. I’ll just say right now that if you don’t like the idea of a female Thor, this isn’t the movie for you.

But if you are open to the idea, or, better yet, a fan of Aaron’s storyline, then you will probably enjoy the film, as I did. While the storyline isn’t exactly the same as the comic (are MCU films ever exactly like the comics, really?), the key story notes are there – likewise with Aaron’s Gorr, The God Butcher storyline. And if you liked Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok, you will certainly enjoy Love and Thunder, as it is ridiculously entertaining, sometimes for puzzling reasons. (Don’t ask me to explain why the goats are the best part; they just are.)

Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is joined in this film by the allies we last saw him with: The Guardians of the Galaxy (Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Sean Gunn, Bradley Cooper, and Vin Diesel) and Korg (Waititi). After a lot of work and a classic “Thor” adventure, he’s got his “god-bod” back and is off to rescue a friend in need. That friend sends him after Gorr, the God Butcher (Christian Bale), who is doing exactly what it sounds like: killing off pantheons. When he returns to New Asgard on a rescue mission, he discovers a new Thor that turns out to be none other than his old flame, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), and they team up to defeat Gorr before he wipes out all of the gods.

The movie is a lot of fun, and it’s a great movie for the summer, but it doesn’t quite meet the bar set by Thor: Ragnarok. A large part of this is because Gorr is not a villain like Hela (Cate Blanchett) or the Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum). While Hela could be vicious, she was mostly a grand diva, and Grandmaster was too goofy to be a real threat. But Gorr is truly menacing and creepy, largely due to Bale’s performance, and that makes the film less bubbly and bright (at times, literally) than its predecessor.

I also have to say that I missed Tom Hiddleston’s Loki, because it’s just weird to have a Thor movie without him, but I won’t complain much since the character has his own Disney+ series. As much fun as that series is, I would love to see the sun shine on the brothers again some day.

The bottom line is that Thor: Love and Thunder continues the tone of Ragnarok, adding a lot more heart. The balance isn’t quite perfect, but it’s a lot of fun.

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