“Thor: Love and Thunder” comes out 5 years after Taika Waititi’s last MCU project “Thor: Ragnarok”. After years of anticipation, we finally see Thor team up with the Guardians Of The Galaxy after the events of Endgame. The movie turns out to be nothing other than what you expect it to be. It’s quite a spice up to any generic superhero story that you’ve seen so far, or what you might expect from its trailer.
Marvel has always been top notch with large scale CGI setting of the stories, but the character development is one thing that has always brought more and kore audience to the saga. Here too, the change in Thor from Endgame to Love and Thunder becomes evident; the journey was indeed dynamic and the narration by Korg does complete justice to it.
Speaking of character development, we can’t miss out on the bold and welcoming arrival of Natalie Portman as Mighty Thor. She surely gives a great taste of much needed woman representation in this phase of the MCU. The way she refuses to be called “Female/lady Thor” and finds pride in being called by her original name or the Mighty Thor adds more to her character, combined with the will with which she decides to put out good in the world.
Though we miss Thor and Loki’s chemistry in Love and Thunder- which has been the highlight of all the previous Thor films- the movie manages to maintain the charm and doesn’t not fall back on the list.
Talking of all the elements of this movie falling in place, there is definitely an imbalance making the movie a bit heavier on the humour side; the punchlines sometimes don’t add as the movie channels its way through a rocky and episodic first half. This surely didn’t work out well for a story like this. The humour sort of eats up the parts where the audience must feel connected to the plot or actually care about what’s happening on the screen. Some of the gags shown in the movie are undoubtedly wierd and catch you off guard.
The movie marks the first all and out Rom-Com in the MCU, but does it live upto that tag? After its opening narration, the movie wastes much of the audience’s time on back stories and clunkily put together exposition. Everything is explained crisply and completely. I won’t be shocked if I see a better movie in the MCU at some point by Taika Waiti.