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Article by Brandon the Hero Guy
The 34th Film from the MCU
Thor Love and Thunder is the 34th film in The MCU and the 6th for Phase 4 its written and directed by Taika Watiti and stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson, Christian Bale, Tika Watiti, Chris Pratt, Bradley Cooper, Dave Bautista, Vin Desiel, Pom Klementieff, Karen Gilliam, Idris Elba and Lena Heady.
Thor Love and Thunder takes place after the events of Avengers Endgame. Thor joins with The Guardians of the Galaxy, and once again continues his journey of constant self-discovery.
Thor hears word of Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale) hunting down different Gods from other realms. After the deities from Gorr’s pantheon failed to save his family, a vengeful Gorr sets out on a quest to punish the gods of all realms. Putting him on a crash course with Asgard.
Thor along with Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), Korg (Taika Watiti) and Jane Foster / Mighty Thor (Jane Foster) who mysteriously gets the power of Thor from the original Hammer Mijolnir join together to hunt down Gorr across the Realms and take him down.
The 1st act of the movie started off somewhat fresh with the beginning sequence, but then it goes downhill throughout the 1st act with humor that feels completely forced.
The main thing with Taika Watiti is that when it comes to humor with his movies it’s funny the 1st time around, but then he forces in humor at moments where it isn’t needed at all especially for serious situations where high stakes come into effect.
That’s why Ragnarok was more solid it had some bit of humor but it still kept a dark tone; though Thor Ragnarok should’ve had a dark theme all around.Also, the scenes from the trailer aren’t in the actual cut. So, right off the bat you can tell that there have been some major deleted scenes due to studio interference (Kevin Feige).
Now the characters starting off with Thor. He was once again the comedic relief in his own film. This movie basically took everything that made Thor into such a compelling rebellious character from Phase 1 and tossed it down the drain. They made him somewhat of an Imbecile which the MCU has done with their current characters for this phase.
Just hope the writers come to their senses for the next line up and really give Thor a major arc to bring him back into the character he truly is. Also, Jane Foster’s interpretation was enjoyable. They did her origins on point from the comics and Natalie Portman did a good job with what she was given; she definitely knew the assignment.
The only gripe is her overshadowing the main protagonist at times especially with the hammer humor, which ties into what I’ve been saying about the forced humor but all in all she was highlight.
Now another character that was my main favorite was definitely Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson). She was definitely a show stealer. Especially in some of her fight sequences and interactions with the other characters.
Learning more about her background being the new ruler of Asgard kept me engaged. There was one scene with her that had some intense stakes and really caught me off guard. It made me respect and appreciate her character even more.
As for Zeus (Russell Crowe), the biggest gripe for this character is how this movie extremely emasculated and downplayed him in his 1st appearance. Marvel Zeus should’ve been a massive earth shattering power house of the Olympian God’s, and they made him into a bigger imbecile than Thor.
Say what you want about the DCEU, but at least in Zack Snyder’s Justice League the movie’s depiction of the Olympian God’s felt more mythological and intimidating than what I saw on screen; Snyder’s Zeus actually fought.
Not to mention in certain scenes (No spoilers) were very similar to ZSJL, and the movie didn’t even try to hide it. Crowe is a really good actor and he did the best with what he was given by Watiti, but this movie dropped the ball with him here.
Now, Gorr the God Butcher played by Christian Bale was a good villain. He practically carried the movie though he didn’t really have enough screentime. He still had a really good performance.
His interpretation of Gorr was definitely based on Jason Aaron’s run of the Thor comics which is definitely a good read to check out. Gorr was creepy, determined, and ruthless. He was completely sympathetic, especially in his opening origin sequence.
Although, in some scenes he was definitely watered-down power scale wise. He was beaten down way too easy in certain fight scenes, but all in all Gorr was an enjoyable villain.
Thor Love and Thunder had some good strong points, but definitely had some huge weak points with the forced humor and messaging that wasn’t needed. I really hope the suits behind MCU listen to the feedback of the fans and tone down the forced humor. Take a page from past movies along with the current one Spider-Man No Way Home, which was the best MCU film of Phase 4.
That’s the kind of CB movie fans are asking for so without further ado, I give Thor Love and Thunder a 6/10. Also, the two post credit scenes were good especially the 2nd one!
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