Taika Waititi is someone who is known for his wacky style, and Thor: Ragnarok was a great example of that. In the new sequel to Ragnarok, Waititi opts for a comedic approach with less drama at the plot level. Thor: Love and Thunder is a weirdly-satisfying, fun film that doesn’t contribute much to the dynamics of the MCU, but gives us plenty of room to laugh in its potential.
In the scenario after Endgame, we are shown how Thor was doing his best to capture Odinson. He was walking with the Guardians of the Galaxy, and one day he received a distress signal from a friend saying that a god-killer (Gor) was there and that he was heading to Asgard after killing several other gods. . Thor’s attempt to save his people from Gore is the focus of Thor: Love and Thunder.
The first hour of the film is just a hilarious ride. Waititi spoofs superhero genre clichés, and the jokes really work. I was expecting the film to go into some scenes in a particular style, and Taika Waititi surprised me with a low-key rendition of a few key scenes. It is actually in the second half of the movie where the drama slows everything down. The plot gets stuck on the emotional bits for a while. And what closes in the end seems a little too simple. Taika tries to smooth out the melodrama by throwing in her own kind of humor, but the treatment felt a little confusing at that stage. But in the end, there were a few pieces that lifted such a graph and helped Love and Thunder land smoothly.
Thor has been in that bizarre territory ever since Waititi took over the franchise, and Chris Hemsworth gets to play this funny and confusing version of Thor. Natalie Portman reprises her role as Jane Foster, and since this is a Waititi film, she gets a chance to present Foster’s funny side. Christian Bale as Gore is dangerous, and at the same time, through his performance, he will make us empathize with that character. Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie doesn’t have much to do, even if it’s a full-length role. The film has a huge list of cameos which will surely make you happy.
As I already said, Thor: Love and Thunder is an oddly satisfying film. If you look at it, it’s almost like a greenscreen skit with a hefty budget. Despite not having a huge conflict or compelling drama in the story, Taika Waititi was able to assemble the fun bits in her own peculiar way. The Mjolnir – Stormbreaker track looks extremely sloppy on paper, but Taika Waititi somehow manages to make it work. Cinematography follows almost all types of color schemes. It is mainly in that lively and bright space. But when it focuses on Gore, who is the only character who looks like a misfit in a Waititi universe, the colors go out of frame.
Taika Waititi probably knows the risk of growing into something like a Thor movie with such a delicate script. That’s why he’s telling the whole movie as stories told by Korg to the children of Asgard. The title cards, background music, and eccentric nature of the characters somehow manipulate us into expecting something more engaging and fun, rather than a deeper exploration of the character. Thor: Love and Thunder was a fun film, with a very pleasant take on the title of the story.
Thor: Love and Thunder is a weirdly-satisfying, fun film that doesn’t contribute much to the dynamics of the MCU, but gives us plenty of room to laugh in its potential.
Green: Recommended film
Orange: OK, Watchable, Experimental Movies
red: not recommended