Thor: Love and Thunder Review – Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door

Thor: Love and Thunder

Of all the outings in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the solo Thor movies have always been my least favorite. The entire franchise isn’t all bad, though, thanks to the enormous charm of Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston. However, the franchise finally found its footing when indie director Taika Waititi was hired to direct Thor: Ragnarok. The third Thor flick was a colorful candy-colored ride with more hilarious gags than any other MCU film. Thankfully, Waititi continues with his string of recent successes with Thor: Love and Thunder.

With Waititi back in the director’s chair, it’s no surprise that Love and Thunder have dethroned Ragnarok as the best film in the franchise. Not only is it funnier than Ragnarok, but it’s also the most emotional Thor film yet. Once again, Waititi has a colorful new vision for the franchise, scrapping all that had come previously in favor of a delightful movie fueled by a soundtrack full of Guns N’ Roses songs. Waititi has revitalized these beloved characters and given Thor and company new life.

Then again, if you didn’t like Ragnarok, then Love and Thunder won’t change your mind. It’s much more of the same type of quirky humor and randomness that Waititi is known for. Waititi’s unique and unconventional style is all over the film—etching his distinctive voice in the MCU. 

Although Love may be one of the funniest MCU films yet, it doesn’t mean it doesn’t have any emotional moments. This time around, much of the emotion comes from Thor and Jane. The film takes time to establish how the two view each other after several years apart. The two of them reminisce about their past with sad memories—bringing home the fact that their paths diverged long ago. Yet, they still hold great love for each other. On top of all that, there’s a sense of dread while watching this film. Gorr is dangerous, and there is always a sense of fear that he may succeed in killing our favorite heroes.

Thor: Love and Thunder is an absolute triumph with a ton of laughs, action, and emotion—all in a compact two-hour-and-five-minute runtime.

Pairing Chris Hemsworth again with Taika Waititi produces the same amusing results as RagnarokThor: Love and Thunder have Hemsworth continuing the development of Thor’s potential. Of course, he’s still charmingly funny and exceptionally charismatic, but he also showcases his emotional acting chops. He’s a complete package here.

Natalie Portman brings her absolute all to Jane Foster. In her most physical role to date, she kicks a lot of tail and looks natural doing it. At the same time, Gorr the God Butcher is the most compelling and dangerous antagonist in the franchise thus far—as fans of the comics know with his backstory. Christian Bale and Natalie Portman are actors of the highest caliber, providing the emotion and physicality needed to play their respective correctly. Finally, Taika Waititi and Russell Crowe get the big laughs, while Tessa Thompson is her usual badass self.

Overall, Thor: Love and Thunder is a triumph with a story boasting a ton of laughs, action, and emotion—all in a compact two-hour-and-five-minute runtime. The first fourth movie in Marvel Studios’ history is another winner as it expands on the God of Thunder’s legacy in his best outing to date. This is a summer popcorn movie that you won’t want to miss.

Rating: 4.5/5 atoms

Thor: Love and Thunder hit theaters on July 8th.

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