THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER – A Review by Gadi Elkon

The fourth film in the THOR saga for Marvel Studios is now in theaters!  Is it worth your time and money?

Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Love and Thunder” finds the God of Thunder (Chris Hemsworth) on a journey unlike anything he’s ever faced – a search for self-discovery. But Thor’s retirement is interrupted by a galactic killer known as Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale), who seeks the extinction of the gods. To combat the threat, Thor enlists the help of King Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), Korg (Taika Waititi) and ex-girlfriend Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), who – to Thor’s surprise – inexplicably wields his magical hammer, Mjolnir, as the Mighty Thor. Together, they embark upon a harrowing cosmic adventure to uncover the mystery of the God Butcher’s vengeance and stop him before it’s too late.

Is Thor, the return of Jane Foster, King Valkyrie, Korg, the Guardians of the Galaxy and Christian Bale as Gorr the God Butcher worth your time and money?  Well two screaming goats would say, YYYYEEEEEESSSSSSS!

Taika Waititi is such a powerful presence right now in the movie and TV streaming world that he alone should sell any story.  The tongue-in-cheek humor mixed with a touch of child-like innocence and a dark sense of reality makes most all of Taika’s work quality.

The amazing tale of Thor Odinson is more about the kids, goats, and his long love of Jane Fonda…Foster.  Taika has somehow transformed Thor stories into nursey rhymes with scary villains.  A staked Marvel cast are all mystified by the spooky actions of Gorr the God Butcher aka Christian the real Butcher Bale.  If there are any issues, it’s a lack of more Gorr time!  In fact, the menacing presence of Bale as the Butcher needed more gore and guts!!

Natalie Portman’s return to the Marvel Universe is bitter-sweet and her reality in the film should hit most any audience member.  The powerful positive nature of Taika’s themes in his work really brings people together.  Whether its friends enjoying the raucous rowdy fun, parents and kids connecting through big weapons and long hair or even super nerds enjoying seeing two randy goats come to full cinematic life this is EVERYONE’s film.

I get some critics think these Marvel films are starting to show that oversaturation levels are scary close, but for now just enjoy the ride.  As long as uber talents like Taika are leading these massive famous casts it’s hard not seeing us enjoying these fantastical tales.  The stories are pretty simple in nature, but the colors, visual effects and giant weaponry amplify the entire experience.  Who doesn’t love following aloof Thor on another adventure?  It’s worth the time and money and that is easy to see.

So basically, stop reading my review and go enjoy another Asgardian journey of hope.

Long live Toothgrinder and Toothnasher aka our favorite new duo of greatness!

GnR rocking on forever too!

 

THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER

Directed by: Taiki Waititi

Written By:  Based on Marvel comics by Stan Lee and Jason Aaron.  Screenplay by Taiki Waititi and Jennifer Kaytin Robinson.  Story by Taiki Waititi

Rated: PG-13

Selig Rating: 4 Stars

Running Time: 1h 59min

Action / Adventure / Comedy

In Theaters 7/8/2022.

Starring:  Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Christian Bale, Tessa Thompson, and Taiki Waititi

 

The Selig Rating Scale:

5 Stars – Excellent movie, well worth the price.

4 Stars – Good movie

3 Stars – OK movie

2 Stars – No need to rush. Save it for a rainy day.

1 Star – Good that I saw it on the big screen but wish I hadn’t paid for it.

Christian Bale as Gorr in Marvel Studios’ THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2022. All Rights Reserved.

 

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