Marvel Studios’s newest movie, Thor: Love and Thunder looks like it’s been met with some mixed reviews. Just like the last Thor movie, this one was directed by Taika Waititi, but unlike Thor: Ragnarok, this movie has only gotten a critic score of 67% on Rotten Tomatoes. Why is that?
Thor: Love and Thunder is the fourth Thor film in the franchise, and definitely one of the best. It’s about Thor (Chris Hemsworth) as he has a midlife crisis after all the death and suffering he’s experienced throughout the Marvel movies. There’s a bunch of returning characters, like the Guardians of the Galaxy, Korg (Taika Waititi), Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), and Jane Foster as Mighty Thor (Natalie Portman).
A definite highlight of the film is Christian Bale as the main antagonist, Gorr the God-Butcher. He probably wouldn’t have done this movie if his kids hadn’t asked him to, as he’s said in interviews, but his performance is phenomenal regardless. He’s terrifying throughout the whole movie, and it just has that Christian Bale villain magic to it.
The movie was definitely different from Ragnarok. People coming into it expecting a Thor: Ragnarok 2 should temper their expectations. That’s not where the character was headed, and it makes sense. As Waititi said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, “Ragnarok felt a bit like a party,” he explained. “It was quite festive. This one is still fun, and it’s got moments of being over the top, but thematically, it’s about something a bit deeper than the last film. It’s not a serious film, and it’s not a drama, but we do deal with ideas that I think a lot of humans deal with — universal themes about love and loss and our place in the world.”
The only thing that the film could have benefited from was more screen time for Gorr. They don’t do enough to establish him as a threat, which probably isn’t even Waititi’s fault. One of the reasons Eternals sort of flopped at the theater, was because of its long run time. This hasn’t been confirmed, but ever since then it seems like Marvel has been pushing for shorter movies, and Waititi was probably forced to cut some God-Butcher scenes to make way for the shorter length. That’s really only a small nitpick for the movie, though.
Love and Thunder was a midlife crisis film for Thor, and it was great! It was way more wholesome than Ragnarok, and had everyone smiling and crying by the end. I highly recommend you go see this movie if you’re on the fence. It’s really good.
By Inti Navia, Senior, ChiArts