Thor: Love and Thunder: Movie Review

Thor: Love and Thunder Movie Review: More Bang than Substance

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We've always found the "Thor" films the odd one out in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and "Thor: Love and Thunder" retains that feeling more than any other film before it. This will be a divisive experience and some will hate it and some will love it. For us, we're kinda in the middle. We don't particularly love it but we don't despise it. We just wished it had more substance, more story, and more time.     

Protecting the universe with the Guardians of the Galaxy, Thor Odinson (Chris Hemsworth) stumbles upon Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale). A corrupted entity who seeks the destruction of all gods in the universe. When Gorr targets New Asgard, Thor has goes back just in time and is able to temporarily thwart Gorr's advances. During the battle, he finds out that his ex-girlfriend Dr. Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) now wields his ex-hammer Mjolnir as the Mighty Thor. The romantic dalliance soon ends as during Gorr's escape he kidnaps the children of New Asgard. With the help of Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) and Korg (Taika Waititi), they go on a quest to stop Gorr once and for all. 

The kind of comedy that Chris Hemsworth brings as Thor is usually the kind of comedy that we absolutely love. But there's something about his delivery that we just find odd more often than not. Jokes have a tendency to overstay their welcome and become corny. "Thor: Love and Thunder" doesn't buck this trend and while its comedy was funny at first, it became stale as we sailed through the movie. Luckily, "Thor: Love and Thunder" had a lot of heart too. We won't spoil much but this had some drama in it that we didn't expect to get so even if the comedy failed, it was able to compensate this with some tear-jerking moments. 

Another criticism we have with "Thor: Love and thunder" was its pacing. The film felt like it was being chased the whole time. Elements move really fast and we barely have time to get to know our characters and story. This also meant that a lot of plot devices in this movie felt like they were put in the film out of convenience and less from logic. If you could get past the rather brisk and shallow narrative then you'll at least love this film for its action and entertainment value. And before we end this review, a special shoutout to Christian Bale as Gorr the God Butcher who became the heart and soul of this film - yes even more than the two Thors. 

Rating: 3 and a half reels

Why you should watch it:
- if you loved the style of the previous "Thor" films then you'll love this for sure
- Christian Bale as Gorr the God Butcher was the highlight for us

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- felt like it was on a rush the whole time

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