The franchise finally found its footing when indie director Taika Waititi was hired to direct Thor: Ragnarok. 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.
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.
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.
Chris Hemsworth is 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.
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.