Thor: Love & Thunder Review — A Powerful Return to Form for the MCU

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“Thor: Love and Thunder” is the return of the Marvel cinematic universe to its former course, telling about a magnificent single story, emotional, exciting and damn funny. After the recent Marvel films relied on multiverse stories (for fun effect), “Thor 4” quickly abandons general universal connections and instead relies on three previous single Asgardian outings to tell a touching story about the God of Thunder and his ex-girlfriend. Turned the Mighty Thor into an interstellar adventure that will surely appeal to both MCU fans and casual movie lovers. The result: “Love and Thunder” is by far the best part of Thor’s individual outings, as well as one of Marvel Studio’s best works after “Avengers: Finale.”

After the events of the “Finale” of “Love and Thunder”, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) gets tired of life on the road with the Guardians of the Galaxy. Aiming for the goal, he returns to the New Asgard, joining the Valkyrie Queen (Tessa Thompson) in the fight against a ghostly figure known as Gorr, the butcher god (Christian Bale), who steals the children of the village. In the battle, Thor discovers that his former love, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), now owns her beloved (and previously destroyed) hammer Mjolnir, which gave Jane the Power of Thor. However, when the heroes embark on a rescue mission and chase Gorr to the center of the universe, Thor begins to suspect that, despite her new super-powerful personality of the Mighty Thor, Jane may be hiding a deadly secret.

Chris Hemsworth in “Thor: Love and Thunder”

The director of “Thor: Ragnarok” Taika Waititi returns to the helm of “Thor: Love and Thunder”, this time taking as a basis the fast-paced comedy from the previous part and adding a saccharine story that explores the problems of love and loss. From a tonal point of view, “Love and Thunder” oscillates between heart and humor, and where this can be confusing at times (or lessen the effect), the film’s overarching message—and where it leaves the characters, both its heroes and its villain—any inconsistencies are worth the effort. There is no doubt that the director knows how to make a very funny film about Thor (underlined by the repeated shrill cry of the goats Thor, Tanngrisnir and Tanngnjostr), but “Love and Thunder” is all the better than Vaititi’s attempts, no matter how stressful they may be at times, in dealing with complex emotional blows as well.

Similarly, although Hemsworth was commissioned to play melancholy in The Finale, Love and Thunder shows how the Asgardian gets rid of his guilt (and weight after Blip) in favor of a truly vulnerable character image. In “Love and Thunder,” Thor is back at the top of his monster-killing game, which is fun to watch, and it creates another round of high-flying, earth-crushing, lightning-filled scenery. Still, Hemsworth is at his best this round, navigating a minefield of comedy and emotional beats. To date, this is the star’s most subtle look at Thor, which once and for all transforms the hero into a character who thrives in his duality (a fitting challenge for a god who loves a mortal woman). He is both wise and stupid, gentle and omnipotent, vulnerable and invulnerable.

Natalie Portman as Jane Foster in “Thor: Love and Thunder”

However, Natalie Portman’s stunning return as Dr. Jane Foster, who became the Mighty Thor, is a highlight Love and Thunder. Despite suitable twists from Portman, Jane’s previous roles in the Phase 1 and 2 Thor films, as well as appearances in the crossover, were mixed at best, often falling into early MCU traps (damsel in distress, live McGuffin, along with numerous off-screen names). . However, the triumphant and emotionally charged return of the character in the role of the Mighty Thor makes the reckoning even more useful. Portman is no stranger to playing awesome physical roles; However, it’s clear that the actress enjoyed taking on the high and lightning challenge of exploring the Jane Foster story from “Love and Thunder.” In the end, “Mighty Thor” is a particularly spectacular and well—executed addition to the film, interspersed with cute moments of childish glee when Jane enjoys her newfound superpowers.

Bale makes the leap from DC superhero to MCU villain, and Gorr, the Butcher God, aspires to become one of Marvel Studios’ most challenging villains. Gorr’s purpose is clear, and Vaititi provides a sympathetic foundation for the character before he becomes a malignant danger to the universe as a Butcher God. Like Hemsworth, Bale teeters on a fine line, playing Gorr as a well-meaning (albeit perverted) but increasingly depraved fanatic. And while Bale’s emotional scenes are first-rate, watching the actor chew on the scenery as a frustrated antagonist is even better. The Ghostly Gorr Power Pack is also an exciting match for Thor and his friends, creating the basis for unique combat interactions that require equally unique solutions (which fans will surely like).