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Thor: Love and Thunder

Brought from his journey of seeking inner peace, Thor is compelled to protect his fellow Asgardian’s and ‘Eternity’ from Gorr ‘The God Butcher’, who is hell bent on killing all gods, following his daughters death.

We are led back into the Marvel Universe for their 29th Film in the franchise. As usual, an all star cast compiled of Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman and Christian Bale takes us on a journey of love, loss and everything Marvel.

This Hollywood cheese fest, doesn’t have the same grit as earlier Marvel ventures. When the Marvel franchise began with Iron Man in 2008,  we saw a super hero film based in our reality. A broken Tony Stark saw the impact of war on the people he worked to protect; decided to function above the state and outside of the political realm, choosing (luckily correctly) who was good and who was bad.

However, ’Thor: Love and Thunder’ felt like it had been constructed in a writers room of 15 people, all throwing ideas around and all getting at least one of theirs in the final draft. As a result, the story seemed empty of any prevalent moral. Writer and Director : Taika Waititi added his much loved zest of comedy and unity, bringing the same youthful joy, as was felt in his Academy Award winning ‘JOJO RABBIT’. Yet, in-between these scattered but well constructed scenes, there was a true lack of joining substance.

After 8 years apart our protagonist ‘Thor’ (Hemsworth) is reunited with his long lost love ‘Jane Foster’ (Portman). We learn more in this film about their romance, it’s start, climax and end, which is narrated to us by ‘Korg’ (voiced by Waititi). Although we are given so much substance of their love and an insight into the humanity of Thor and his vulnerabilities, I felt no character development was ensued. In this film we see Thor broken in his attempts to protect all he cares for, but he comes out of it emotionally intact, which for a man of such sentiment, a point that was laboured through this film, seemed a strange resolve.

Echoing the late 60s most perturbing villain: ‘The Child-catcher’, a beautifully sadistic performance was delivered by Christian Bale in his character ‘Gorr’. Even though I didn’t truly understand Gorr’s motive for revenge, Bale did carry this film with his wholehearted commitment to the role. ’The God Butcher’ (contrast to the name) gives you all the shivers you wish for in a villain.

Marvel films always inspire an easily impressionable mind like mine, whether its Ironman, Guardians of the Galaxy or Thor, I’ll always leave the cinema feeling invigorated and ready to save the world (I suppose the inner child never dies). So reviewing a Marvel flick, I think I may have a subconscious biased, I’ll always enjoy the main elements of it. Which, throughout most of their films, remains a constant narrative guideline: chase love, chase the antagonist, catch both.

So, to conclude, this film gave me all I could expect from a Marvel feature, a large, detrimental issue that was resolved; a few hilarious jokes and great cameos. Entering the cinema I wasn’t expecting a life changing moment, or a perception warping narrative, I was expecting Marvel and that’s what I got.

Watch it on the big screen, get some pop corn and enjoy it for what it is.

🌟: 2/5

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