Thor: Love and Thunder is a superhero film based on Marvel Comics featuring the character Thor. The film was produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is the sequel to Thor: Ragnarok (2017) and the 29th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). “Love and Thunder” is directed by Taika Waititi, who co-wrote the script with Jennifer Kaytin Robinson. In this sequel, Thor attempts to find inner peace but must return to action and recruit a team to stop Gorr the God Butcher from eliminating all gods. I was a big fan of the Thor series but after seeing Love and Thunder, I’m not sure I’ll be seeing any future Thor sequels. Big disappointment jumping off!
Gorr / The God Butcher (Christian Bale) and his daughter, Love (India Rose Hemsworth), struggle in a barren desert. Despite their prayers to their god Rapu (Jonny Brugh), Love dies. The god-killing Necrosword weapon calls to Gorr, leading him to Rapu’s lush realm. After Rapu cruelly dismisses Gorr’s plight and proceeds to strangle him, the Necrosword offers itself to Gorr, who kills Rapu with it and vows to kill all gods. Gorr is granted the ability to manipulate shadows and produce monsters but is cursed with impending death and corrupted by the sword’s influence.
With the above introduction, you might sympathize with Garr. He was absolutely wronged and losing a child is enough to set off the best of us. Of course, the adventure becomes bigger and bigger after Garr kills several gods. Thor is summoned with a distress signal sent by SIF (Jamie Alexander) who is Thor’s childhood friend. Dr. Jane Foster / Mighty Thor (Natalie Portman) miraculously becomes Mighty Thor and joins the adventure along with Thor and Valkyrie (Tesa Thompson) to approach Zeus (Russell Crowe) for help on their quest. Special effects were good, not great as Zeus’ thunderbolt looked cheap and unstable. Garr looked scary and portrayed his character as quite monstrous. On the other hand, I just couldn’t fathom Natalie Portman as a Mjolnir (Hammer) toting, fighting superhero while undergoing serious treatment for a substantial illness. The whole movie appeared childish with Thor taking on a silly acting Thor who lost more battles than he won.
As of July 17, 2022, Thor: Love and Thunder have grossed $233.3 million in the United States and Canada, and $479.7 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $713 million. The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported an approval rating of 68%, with an average rating of 6.6/10, based on 369 reviews; this rating marks the film as the fourth lowest-rated of all 29 MCU films. The site’s critics’ consensus reads: “In some ways, Thor: Love and Thunder feels like Ragnarok redux – but overall, it offers enough fast-paced fun to make this a worthy addition to the MCU.” Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, and Christian Bale are among some of the actors whose children appeared in the movie. Maybe that attributed to the silliness. Thor: Love and Thunder is currently playing in theaters — Check It Out!