This Wednesday we have a new appointment with the MCU. Thor Love and Thunder hits the big screens to bring us a new adventure of the god of thunder, this time accompanied by his ex. It is also the return of Taika Waititi in directing, after ‘Thor Ragnarok’ made us regain faith and forget (a little) the disaster of ‘Thor: Dark World’.
A few days before its premiere we already have the first reviews of ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’. And although the excitement for the debut of the new Thor (Natalie Portman) in addition to the return (and perhaps Chris Hemsworth’s farewell?) will motivate the most devoted fans of the MCU to go to theaters. The first reviews of the film seem to indicate that ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ ends up being more within the MCU average and not as one of the films that will define the future of Marvel on the big screen. At the time of this article’s publication, the film has a 71% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
This is what the first reviews of ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ say.
Waititi salvages even a shred of emotional honesty from all that noise and it’s enough to make this a refreshingly heartfelt addition to the MCU. Despite the fact that Jane gives this film its primary purpose and gets almost nothing in return, despite the fact that the film itself is more afraid of admitting her cancer, there is a satisfying irony in how the film reflects the loss of the villain versus the possible death of the hero’s soulmate. One is a mortal who becomes powerful because of his hatred of the gods, and the other is a god who becomes vulnerable because of his love for a mortal.”
“Thor: Love and Thunder succeeds wildly in honoring Thor’s long journey toward self-realization and rarely fails to delve into the crackling chemistry between leads Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman and Tessa Thompson. It’s essentially the MCU’s first romcom, and it plays into those tropes in charming ways. But while Thor and Jane’s relationship is handled well, Love and Thunder is less adept – and much more confident than you’d expect – at pushing the big MCU story forward. Christian Bale’s Gorr feels underused and Tessa Thompson’s King Valkyrie takes a frustrating backseat, especially as the film progresses.”
“Thor: Love and Thunder is an unnecessary sequel, existing only because its predecessor was unusually well received even by those who weren’t fans of the MCU. His story, about seemingly virtuous privileged people confronting the grim truth of their seemingly benevolent ancestors and questioning how a society founded on sin can survive, became a favorite among Trump-era blockbusters (see also: Frozen II and Trolls: World Tour). This installment flirts with the notion that “drip worship” is no more effective than “drip politics,” but it’s mostly about Thor reuniting with Jane, Natalie Portman dressing up as Thor for a few sequences, and hopefully how to cash in on the goodwill Ragnarok left behind.
“Thor: Love and Thunder” is far from standard, and that’s a good thing. Like “Thor: Ragnarok,” the film was directed and co-written by Taika Waititi, the New Zealand sleight-of-hand prankster who’s also a serious filmmaker, and builds on his previous film’s winning tone with skewed frivolity. But also, like “Ragnarok”, it has an unconventional humanity that justifies the joke. Waititi has the wit to see that if you’re not making fun of a Marvel movie while making one, you might be taking it more seriously than the audience.
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