“Thor enlists the help of Valkyrie, Korg and ex-girlfriend Jane Foster to fight Gorr the God Butcher, who intends to make the gods extinct.” -IMDB
Going into this movie, I broke my ONE RULE! I read reviews. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, never read the reviews!
Usually, this is because I hear such high praise of a movie that ends up being a complete dud. However, in the case of THOR: Love and Thunder, it was the complete opposite. Let me clarify…
When it comes to Marvel, I am a complete middle of the road fan. I used to be one of those people that complained about the quality without having seen most of the films. But then the world shut down and I had some time to kill, so I decided to go through (almost) the entire catalogue and, from that point on, I’ve tried to keep up with as many Marvel films and series as I can. However, I am in no way a hardcore fan. My husband generally has to remind me where the series left off by the time I start a new film or series. Or he’ll have to let me know why the character that just made a major comeback is so important. I don’t care about comic book cannon, although I can understand why others do. Anyway, I’ll generally go into Marvel movies with a pretty open mindset and an understanding that while they might not be the best movies ever, they can be incredibly entertaining.
Well, when I started reading the reviews I got nervous because a majority of them leaned in the negative direction. So I braced myself. But then, I ended up enjoying the hell out of this movie.
It’s a Taika Waititi film for god(s butcher’s) sake! It’s silly, it’s ridiculous, it’s over the top, but that’s what makes it so fun. I honestly liked it much better than Ragnarok, which is a film that hardcore Marvel fans seemed to fawn over. I love seeing how Waititi fixes Marvel’s past Thor errors, this time by redeeming the love story of Thor and Jane. It has a great villain played by the almost annoyingly talented Christian Bale. It has animation, wonderful representation a great soundtrack, playful dialogue, and it also has more depth than Ragnarok, as it focuses heavily on family, children, and specifically on daughters in a touching way. It honored the comic book movies from my youth, while still being modern and unique.
Maybe I’m missing something or maybe I was just pleased with any Marvel film coming off of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, but I thought this movie was a fun and wild ride. It may not be the best movie ever, but it was a great escape for two hours of my life and isn’t that really what we’re looking for in a movie these days? If I lead you astray, I apologize and I’ll live happily on this THOR: Love and Thunder fan island by myself. But if you go in with an open mind, then I think there’s a chance you might enjoy it as well.
Rating: 7 out 10 Claire Bears
If you like this movie, you should also watch: Thor: Ragnarok, JoJo Rabbit, What We Do In The Shadows
Streaming: In Theaters
With: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Christian Bale, Tessa Thompson
Directed By: Taika Waititi