Don Reviews "Thor: Love and Thunder"
Throughout the years of doing our show, there have been a few standout moments such as Rob’s many meltdowns or myself and the “violer” and the meaning of the word “lexicon”. (After that, I kind of tried to enhance my vocabulary.) So here is your Word of the Day: buffoon – adj. – a ludicrous figure; clownlike. Stay with me here…
“Thor: Love and thunder” is the latest film directed and co-written by Taika Waititi (Jojo Rabbit) and not only brings back Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Waititi, and Tessa Thompson along with adding Christian Bale and Russell Crowe. Taking place after “Thor: Ragnarok”, Thor (Hemsworth) has lost his drive because of the breakup with Jane Foster (Portman) along with the events of “Infinity War” and “Endgame”. While Thor gets back to being a hero, the evil Gorr (Bale) is trying to make all gods extinct with the Necrosword while Thor is getting used to the arrival of a new God of Thunder in Foster as they team up with (Thompson) and Korg (Waititi) try to stop Gorr, who is now added The God Butcher to his name.
There are things that can be expected and get with the Marvel Cinematic Universe films like great effects, the level of acting, lots of action, and so forth. Considering how many films there have been in this “franchise”, things can get confusing, so I did like how they were able to give a kind of review of the story of Thor as the film gets under way. However, the script this time around truly fell flat for me: it is so predictable, most of its “twists” I saw coming a mile away and tries too hard to put in an emotional punch that simply did not work.
My biggest gripe with “Thor: Love and Thunder” is its “attempt” at comedy which is pushed so hard, I simply got annoyed at one point. I never thought I would say that a film could even make a goat annoying, but this one did! Even the character evolution of Thor did not work for me because he became TOO different from who he was in his first appearance to the point of turning him into (wait for it) a buffoon. He seems to be the kind of guy who thinks he is funny but just turns out to get on your nerves.
Many have ranked the films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and while “Thor: The Dark World” is usually at the bottom of those lists, this one may take its place for me. I will not be surprised if this film gets some Razzie Awards next year, but if there is something positive about “Thor: Love and Thunder” is that it was not the length of a normal MCU film at just under two hours long. Had it gone any longer, I would have gone crazy, and it already gets the “Maze Runner” promise where it will make my Bottom Ten Year-End List. I cannot in anyway recommend this film or ever see it again!