Thor: Love and Thunder
In Marvel Studios' "Thor Love and Thunder," the God of Thunder goes on a voyage unlike any he's ever experienced. But Gorr (God Butcher), a cosmic assassin who desires the gods' demise, thwarted his attempts. To deal with the threat, Thor enlists the help of King Valkyrie, Korg, and his ex, Jane, who, much to Thor's amazement, wields his mystical hammer, Mjolnir, like the Mighty Thor. Together, they go on a terrifying cosmic adventure to find the truth behind the God Butcher's retaliation and stop him before it's too late.
Movie- Thor: Love and Thunder
Based On- Marvel Comics
Released On- July 8, 2022
Directed By- Taika Waititi
Produced By- Kevin Feige, Brad Winderbaum
Starring- Chris Hemsworth, Christian Bale, Taika Waititi, Jaimie Alexander, Tessa Thompson, Russell Crowe, Natalie Portman
Cinematography- Barry Idoine
A significant part of the movie's narrative is told through the soundtrack's music. In addition to the Oscar-winning musical score by Michael Giacchino, the film has 12 nostalgic needle drops ranging from Guns N' Roses, Dio, and Ciara. While many of the chosen musical songs used in this movie drive the plot, punctuate intense combat scenes, and highlight the impact of particular situations emotionally, others are just background sounds that heighten the humor. Waititi wants the soundtrack to share the same "bombastic, loud, colorful palette" as the movie's style. Given that Guns N' Roses is one of Waititi's favorite bands, "Sweet Child of Mine" by them is included in the movie. The song was also included in the movie's marketing.
Chris Hemsworth maintained the more humorous incarnation of Thor and had one of his best acting performances yet. When acting as Thor, Hemsworth appeared incredibly natural and at ease. He was able to change his portrayal throughout the more emotional parts of the story, which is found to be really impressive. Hemsworth was at his most empathetic at that time, so that was when he was at his finest. As Mighty Thor, Natalie Portman was most likely one of the movie's shining stars. Given her character's circumstances, Portman's performance was cheering throughout the movie. Jane Foster was the most sympathetic character she created for the film. While playing Mighty Thor, she also experienced some of the most enduring memories. She handled Mjölnir considerably more skillfully than we have ever seen Thor do.
Thor: Love and Thunder's humor made many people chuckle. Director Taika Waititi's distinct aesthetic and comic attitude is evident throughout the picture. From start to finish, there were many funny moments. Thor's persona is ideally suited for his comedic niche, but Waititi also made other characters funny. The space goats & Thor's hammers had the funniest moments.
The graphics and the action were the major factors supporting this movie. The cinematography was well done, making several battle sequences stand out. Nevertheless, the vibrant colors made the battle sequences a pleasure to watch. The monochromatic background sprayed with bright colors throughout parts of the clashes was breathtaking, evoking places like Sin City.
Thor Love & Thunder, as the title indicates, brilliantly and thoroughly explores the concept of love. It undoubtedly resonates in many ways and is perhaps one of the film's biggest and greatest themes. Taika Waititi skillfully dug out a method for the topic to find a commonality in each of the key characters' tales to convey on a much larger scale. For example, it was interesting to observe how important love was to the relationship between Jane and Thor and to compare it to Gorr's character.
Even though Taika Waititi has a gift for humor, Thor: Love and Thunder suffer from his inability to know when to let the comic simmer. Simply said, it was much too ridiculous when it didn't have to be. Many scenes were better suited as supplementary bonus content for the home release. The more often jokes that were actually humorous were repeated, like the one about the space goats, the less funny they were. Additionally, there were times when the humor seemed to deprive the audience of adequate opportunity to truly experience the depth of the dramatic moments in the plot. The film's third act does a far better job of dialing back the comedy to allow for more significant parts to shine.
It worked well when Thor played humorously in contrast to other serious characters. In contrast to Quill, who played the "straight-man role," Thor was more humorous. Therefore, his exchanges with Star-Lord are amusing. Thor's comedy was far more effective, thanks to the fun dynamic. The odd dialect Russell Crowe used to play Zeus and his other antics was annoying. The same applied to Christian Bale's portrayal of Gorr as Gorr. It was astonishing to witness his transformation from a horrific and spooky monster to essentially another version of Its evil clown, Pennywise. In simple terms, the performers were more concerned with having fun on set than making the characters come to life.
Gorr was the film's biggest letdown. Except for a few instances where he imitated Freddy Krueger, Christian Bale performed an excellent job as an actor. The character's writing was the more significant issue. Gorr has undergone a complete character nerf. It was disliked how Waititi stripped his convictions of greater substance and weight. His pain was limited to the movie's first few jokes and minutes. Gorr's objectives were simple to comprehend, but in my opinion, the hurried manner in which he was introduced prevented viewers from feeling genuine empathy for his condition. Gorr's evil deeds were also insignificant. There was never a time when It never felt truly in danger or worried about Thor. In addition, It rarely felt Gorr really improved Thor's character. Gorr didn't teach Thor anything he couldn't have learned alone.
After a tumultuous run in theatres, this film made its way to Disney+, dividing Marvel fans greatly, mainly due to its usage of CGI. Taika Waititi, the director, has even highlighted some of the controversial scenes, which began early in the film with the appearance of a new character.
This occurred after Gorr the God Butcher abducted the Asgard children, and it coincided with Kieron L. Dyer's, Heimdall's hitherto unseen son, who used his newly acquired talents to contact Thor. Unfortunately, this scene ended up being one of Thor 4's visual low points, prompting Disney to change the CGI when it debuted on Disney+.
A few weeks after this movie was made accessible for streaming, the actor who played that scene gave his perspective on how the film's controversial VFX shot came to be.
This movie has a lot of heart, fantastic cinematography, and excellent performances, but it pushes the idea of "Marvel Fun" too far. All the jokes throughout the movie were getting in the way. It was disappointing to see Christian Bale's acting talent and a villain with Gorr's promise from the books both underutilized. Love and Thunder would fall short if compared to Thor: Ragnarok. Love and Thunder seemed more like a 70/30 split between humor and drama, whereas Ragnarok appeared to have a 50/50 feeling of both.
Comedy is subjective. What some people find amusing may only be appropriate for some audiences. As a result, it's always better to decide for yourself whether or not a movie is for you. You can tell whether or not this movie is your kind of humor just in the trailer. Thor: Love and Thunder are worth seeing in a theater, anyway. It is advisable to have lower expectations to get the most out of the movie.