Movie Review – ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’

SPOILERS ALERT!!!

Hello everyone! 🙂

Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog and I’m Tim Bradley!

Well, I’ve seen the fourth ‘Thor’ film in the ‘Marvel Cinematic Universe’‘Thor: Lovely and Thunderous’ ( 😀 ), starring Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman. In fact, I’ve seen this film twice at the cinema. I think this is a ‘Thor’ film that needs to be seen twice at the cinema to appreciate the story and characters.

Beforehand, I watched ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ and ‘Avengers: Endgame’ to catch up on where Thor had been on his journey so far. ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ is a film that has been highly anticipated since its announcement in 2019. When it was released in July this year, it did receive mixed reviews.

The film was praised for its light-hearted nature and the cast’s performances, whilst criticism was laid against the screenplay and its tonal inconsistency. To be honest, I’m not surprised that this is the case, since this is what I’ve been expecting in the latest ‘Thor’ film. I didn’t expect anything different.

It’s from the guy who directed ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ and ‘Jojo Rabbit’. What did you expect?! Granted the film’s comedic elements are a bit too much, but this seems to be the way ‘Thor’ films are being made now. I shouldn’t really be that surprised. With that said, I enjoyed ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’. 🙂

Yeah, I can’t really get angry at the movie for the way it ended up, because there are things I liked about this film. Chris Hemsworth is still a very good actor to play Thor in the movie, even though there are times when his character lost the plot. I’m just glad he wasn’t Fat Thor for the majority of the movie.

It was lovely to see Natalie Portman as Jane Foster again, as I like her in these ‘Thor’ movies. I enjoyed ‘Love and Thunder’ more than ‘Ragnarok’ since I missed Natalie in that movie. Granted it’s strange to see her as the Mighty Thor. It’s not presented properly in terms of how she became Mighty Thor. 😐

But I still liked her teaming up with Thor and Valkyrie when they went on a quest to stop Gorr the God Butcher. It was also nice to see the flashback scenes between Thor and Jane on what their relationship was like and how they broke up between ‘Thor: The Dark World’ and ‘Thor: Ragnarok’. 🙂

Also, Jane’s catchphrase of “Eat my Hammer!” when she uses Thor’s hammer is one of my favourites. I know that makes me sound crazy but, God bless her, I love that catchphrase. 😀 It’s a shame that Jane had terminal cancer in the movie. Yikes! We’ll return to that story angle eventually.

One more thing, it was funny when Jane ruined her own book as she demonstrated a scientific theory to a fan of hers whilst at a hospital. Only Natalie Portman could deliver that scene in spades. 😀 I found Christian Bale very good as the film’s villain, Gorr the God Butcher, as I watched the film. 🙂

Christian Bale follows in Michael Keaton’s footsteps of playing a ‘MCU’ villain, since Michael Keaton played the Vulture in ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ and both Michael Keaton and Christian Bale have played Batman in their lives. When will it be Val Kilmer, George Clooney and Robert Pattison’s turns?

Ben Affleck already played Daredevil in a Marvel film, by the way. 😀 The film also features Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, Jaimie Alexander as Sif, Taika Waititi (the film’s director) as Korg, and Russell Crowe as Zeus. Russell Crowe’s performance as Jor-El in ‘Man of Steel’ is more dignified than here. 😦

I mean, Russell Crowe must have put on a bit of weight to play Zeus in the film. 😀 Also, Zeus is a bit of a show-off and a jerk when he refuses to help Thor, Jane, Valkyrie and Korg to assemble an army to fight against Gorr who may attack the gods in their haven, as he doesn’t seem bothered or worried.

And of course, there’s this moment.

I should be shocked that Thor ended up butt-naked in the film, but again, as stated in my predictions for this film, there was an ‘anus’ in ‘Ragnarok’, so there you go. The Guardians of the Galaxy also appear in ‘Love and Thunder’, following on from ‘Avengers: Endgame’, but they don’t appear much. 😦

This is a shame. I would’ve liked the Guardians to have helped Thor and Jane with defeating Gorr in order to save the children of New Asgard, instead of the children ending up fighting against the shadow monsters once Thor gives them temporarily powers. Yeah, even I have to admit, that was stupid. 😐

The Guardians include Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star-Lord, Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer, Vin Diesel as Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Pom Klementieff as Mantis, Karen Gillan as Nebula, and Sean Gunn as Kraglin Obfonteri. I guess we’ll see those guys again in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3’. 🙂

Oh, sorry, did I forget to mention, there are two screaming goats in this movie. Yeah! Screaming goats! Those should’ve had their own movie. 😀 They did get on my nerves at times whilst watching the film, but their screams could be funny at certain comedic moments when ending up in some places.

Matt Damon, Sam Neill, Luke Hemsworth and Melissa McCarthy appear in the film, playing Asgardian actors. 😀 There’s also Kat Dennings as Darcy Lewis and Stellan Skarsgård as Erik Selvig, who thankfully aren’t annoying as I found them in previous ‘Thor’ movies, as they’re decent enough.

I think the film lets itself down in the ending. For you see, the film concludes with Jane ending up dying in Thor’s arms whilst Gorr self-sacrifices himself to let his daughter Love survive, so that she can be raised by Thor. Incidentally, Love is played by India Hemsworth, Chris Hemsworth’s daughter.

A nice casting choice, but I would’ve ended the film differently. I could easily have fixed the film’s ending with Gorr self-sacrificing himself to let Jane live and be free of her cancer so that she can be with Thor, whilst he dies in order to be with his daughter Love in…whatever version of heaven they believe in.

That isn’t what happens and it’s very disappointing, as I was hoping the film would build up to that conclusion, since I liked Thor and Jane being together in these movies. But then, this could easily end up being a cop-out, as a tease is given in the film’s post-credits scene that Jane Foster might come back.

You see, after a mid-credits scene featuring Brett Goldstein as Hercules, in the post-credits scene, Jane finds herself in Valhalla where she’s welcomed by Idris Elba as Heimdall. The film ends with the caption ‘Thor will return’. Which one? Chris Hemsworth as Thor or Natalie Portman as Mighty Thor?

‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ isn’t what I would call a great ‘Thor’ movie. With that said, I wasn’t really expecting much and this ended up being a fun-filled adventure with great performances from the cast. I was disappointed about the ending and I would’ve liked some things to have been different. 😦

By the way, the film’s title refers to Gorr’s daughter Love and Thor himself whereas I hoped it would be about Thor’s love for Jane and the thunder he wields in either his hammer or his axe. Despite these issues, I’m glad I saw ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ twice at the cinema, as it’s an enjoyable film. 🙂

This is a film I’m looking forward to re-examine when it comes to its release on DVD, Blu-ray and Disney+. 😀

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim 🙂

2 thoughts on “Movie Review – ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’

  1. Timelord 007

    Absolutely loathed and detested this film, the comedic tone in nearly every scene ruined any potential drama, the acting was shocking especially Russell Crowe as Zeus who cashing in a paycheck.

    I don’t mind humour in movies when it’s done right but this never stops and the goats become annoying, it’s no good having a good villain if you don’t add drama, peril & believability.

    Bale was the only one trying and a lot his stuff ended up on the cutting room floor, sorry but this was Marvels version of Batman & Robin I just hope any future Thor films has a different director and tone.

    Says it all the movie struggling break even, only Phase 4 films enjoyed were Spiderman No Way Home, Dr Strange 2 & Shang Chi.

    A well written review buddy but I can’t find any merit in this movie, it’s a borderline spoof.

    Liked by 1 person

    Reply
    1. Tim Bradley Post author

      Hi Simon,

      Yeah, I was expecting this. 😀 Thanks for sharing your thoughts on ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’. I knew you wouldn’t like it and I wasn’t surprised you found the comedic tone throughout this film too much. This is certainly a film I’m looking forward to re-examining it when it comes to doing an in-depth review on my blog. I’ll possibly be rewatching it via Disney+ rather than on DVD/Blu-ray. I feel I don’t need to purchase the Phase Four films (apart from the ‘Spider-Man’ films) on Blu-ray, as they’re mostly avaiable to watch on Disney+.

      Interesting comparison you made of this film to ‘Batman & Robin’. So ‘Batman’ and ‘Thor’ are both great films, ‘Batman Returns’ and ‘Thor: The Dark World’ are too ‘dark’, ‘Batman Forever’ and ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ began going into comedic territory and ‘Batman & Robin’ and ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ is way too comedic. I can see the pattern there. 😀

      I’ve been updating the reviews on ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ and ‘Avengers:Engame’ recently with some new photos added and proof-reading what we’ve written. I’m going to update my review on the ‘Doctor Who’ story ‘The Mark of the Rani’ next. I’m looking forward to updating and proof-reading my review on ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ before I do a brand-new review on ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’. I hope to see the extended cut of ‘No Way Home’ should it be released at my local cinema in September.

      Glad you enjoyed my current review on ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’.

      Many thanks for your comments.

      Tim 🙂

      Like

      Reply

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.