Thor is back and better than ever in the long awaited sequel to Thor: Ragnarok! Join the Norse god of thunder as he battles his way through “Avengers: Infinity War” and his most personal nemesis, Hela, Goddess of Death! This article is an abbreviated summary of our review. To find out what we thought about Thor Love and Thunder please read our full review by clicking here.
Review Score 10/10 For us, this is a must-see movie for both Marvel fans or those who are new to the comic book world entirely. We found it exciting from start to finish with many surprises in store for avid readers who remember previous storylines. You will have fun seeing the marvel of the rich amount of CGI and details as well as a coming full circle for Thor in this conclusion to a trilogy.
For those who are new to comics, Thor is from the home world of Asgard, where he was raised among many gods by Odin and Frigga. After his father’s death at the hands of Loki, Thor is crowned king by Odin. However, his reign is cut short when Thanos invades Asgard and kills Odin with many other gods in a brutal attack on their home world.
Like the last film, this is directed by Taika Waititi, and again he makes this one of the funniest Marvel movies. Waititi and all the actors involved definitely seem like they’re having goofy fun. However, the movie does a serious backbone to several characters’ motivations (especially Jane and Gorr, who has a pretty strong “how-I-became-a-villain” story.) The ending is particularly good and may surprise you.Love and Thunder does repeat the sin of the last one Ragnarok, but doubles down on it: there is a little too much reliance on jokes. Waititi seems unable to take many reprieves from the humor, and it can feel like he’s trying too hard and that the more serious parts feel undermined. Also, the movie does throw a lot of emotional weight upon Thor, who’s already been through the ringer. They really need to give him a breather.Love and Thunder is definitely creative, more so than Ragnarok where as good as it was, admittedly a large portion was just spent on the Gamemaster’s planet. We’re thrown from one fantastical setting to the next. Everything looks great (really one of the most impressive looking Marvel films and that’s saying something), continuing Ragnarok’s combination of fantasy and colorful 70’s-style science fiction. Although, like with the humor, Waititi focuses too much on jumping from one thing to the next and some may find it exhausting. Again, the director could’ve focused a little more on the drama.Bale is excellent as Gorr. He’s completely threatening, yet the character doesn’t feel like he’s taking himself too seriously, which has been the flaw of some Marvel movie villains. Now that Jane has powers, Natalie Portman is definitely given more to do than in Thor: The Dark World, and she seems to work well with the superhero stuff and the more comic tone the Thor films has taken. But, I think she could’ve have had a few more scenes to build her character up; some Thor scenes could’ve been cut.Recommended, this is a visually exciting, fun time. How does this compare to the other Thor films? I haven’t rightly decided. (Definitely better than Thor: The Dark World). This may be the most creative movie, but admittedly has a looser story structure than some of the other films.
I’ve long been a loyal follower of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, enjoying nearly all of the films and the continuing story they’ve been weaving for over a decade now. I especially liked the couple more recent appearances of Thor, especially in the much acclaimed “Ragnarok”, which found a way to lighten up his character and not make him such a Shakespearian stick in the mud. And seeing the trailer for this new installment got me hyped to dive back into the utter insane-ness that was usually reserved for the comics. And what I got was a story of how anyone can become a hero, told with the right balance of seriousness and comedy.It’s been a few years since the defeat of Thanos in “Avengers: Endgame”, and in that time, Thor has been travelling with the Guardians of the Galaxy, getting back into shape and working through his past trauma of losing most of his loved ones. But his relatively care free adventuring comes to a halt when he receives a distress signal from Lady Sif, warning him that a new enemy named Gorr, who has control over darkness and can produce monsters, is on a mission to destroy every god-like being in the universe. And New Asgard is his next target. Upon returning to Earth, Thor is shocked to discover that not only has his old hammer, Mjolnir, repaired itself, but his old girlfriend, Dr. Jane Foster, now wields it—imbuing her with Thor’s powers. The two happily team up, and together with their Asgardian friends, they set off on a quest to recruit as much help as they can to defeat Gorr before he finds a way to wipe out all the known gods of the universe. But little does Thor know that Jane is in the middle of a personal battle of her own—a fight with terminal cancer. And using her newfound powers is putting even more of a strain on her body. Will the gods offer a magical cure for her? Or will she find a way to make the most of the time she has left?Director Taika Waititi is back from “Ragnarok”, and he once again proves he’s the best choice to breathe excitement into Thor’s neck of the Marvel woods—not being afraid to show the utter weirdness of the mystical side of the MCU while still bringing plenty of laughs and having characters react the way real humans would if thrown into these bizarre situations—all set to an amazing 80s rock ballad soundtrack. One of the main complaints hurled at the MCU is how it’s getting more difficult to keep track of continuity, and is becoming steadily inaccessible to newcomers. While following the franchise up to this point certainly helps, this installment managed to find a way to summarize all the bullet points you need to know via one of the characters telling the story of Thor like one would a campfire tale or myth. So most newcomers shouldn’t be too lost. (Great example is my own Mom, who has hardly watched any of the MCU beyond Phase One, yet she was able to follow this movie just fine.)This film also gives an explanation to how many and which mythologies exist within the Marvel universe, and when the various gods are unwilling to help Thor, it gives off the subtle message that, while believing in a higher power and praying for good fortune isn’t a bad thing, it’s still up to us mortals to take action to make positive change happen. Case in point, Jane Foster finally returns after being absent from the MCU for so long, and we get to see her as Thor ripped straight from the comic books. Her excited energy at getting to be a superhero is adorable and contagious, and it’s nice to see her and Thor patch up their relationship and go into full “buddy cop” mode while trying to save the world. But for all the laughs, the film doesn’t shy away from the seriousness of Jane contracting cancer, and the fear and anger she feels at having a limited time to live, and how everyone walks on eggshells around her. And over the course of the adventure, our heroes, through her, will learn what it means to truly live and make the most of the time you have on this Earth. Would you rather lie dormant, clinging to what precious minutes you have? Or would you want to die fighting for those you love with the strength you have left? And conversely, Thor must learn that there’s some fights that are impossible to win, and to respect his friends’ wishes and let them choose their own fates. This all ties into the main villain, Gorr, who although is a bit on the bland side in terms of personality, he at least has strong, clear, and understandable motives for why he does what he does. Without giving away any spoilers, let’s just say the climatic end battle is nothing short of amazing, and drives home the lesson that heroes can come from unexpected places, and that sometimes our prayers ARE answered….but not in the exact ways we thought they would.All n’ all, I had a blast with this latest adventure, and I hope that more MCU films continue to be this fun.