Any time there is a new Marvel hero having their own film and then linking to other Marvel characters, superhero fans assume they have reason to be excited. I love superhero movies, and I’ve always been a big Marvel fan. But I have a love/hate relationship at best with the newest Marvel offering, Thor: Love and Thunder.
The best part of Thor: Love and Thunder is the humor of Chris Hemsworth, who plays Thor. There is also some fun to be had in the silly scenarios with jamming music, quirky action situations, and some unexpected humor. Unfortunately, though, this one relies too much on humor, with very little of the interspersed seriousness we’ve come to expect from the Marvel cinematic universe. It also goes off on way too many tangents.
The backstory in Thor: Love and Thunder is quirky and not very in-depth. The plot is that Thor returns from a long retirement because Gorr the God Butcher, played by Christian Bale, is on the hunt to destroy all of the gods. To stop him, Thor teams up with Valkyrie, played by Tessa Thompson, Korg, played by Taika Waititi, and his ex-girlfriend Jane Foster, aka Mighty Thor, played by Natalie Portman. The film also includes much of the team from Guardians of the Galaxy (2014).
The quirkiness that is a hallmark of Marvel characters is present in Thor: Love and Thunder, and there are a few classic moments. But the film comes off as ridiculous at times, and the writing is just silly throughout the film. The narration is lacking and it goes on these obscure tangents that just don’t make sense.
Probably my biggest issue with the film, though, is Russell Crowe as Zeus. Crowe looks awful. He is obnoxious, out of shape, and just seems out of sorts. His role and performance only adds to the errors of the film.
Trying to be positive here, but it’s not coming easy. Thor: Love and Thunder is by far the least spectacular of the four Thor films. It will likely sell well at the box office, as most Marvel films do. But it lacks originality and a consistent story line, and it’s just not much fun. Just two stars for Thor: Love and Thunder.