Thor: Love and Thunder (2022)

Directed by Taika Waititi

Starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Christian Bale, Tessa Thompson, Chris Pratt, Russell Crowe

This is a movie that I had mixed feelings about. I am one of the few who did not love Ragnarok. Sure Ragnarok had a lot of cool action scenes and Blanchett was great as the villain. But too many silly jokes and from this movie on Thor became a joke and I don’t like it. I don’t mind being a bit funny, but they went overboard. So how will this movie be? Let’s see.

In this latest adventure, we find Thor right after the events of Endgame. He is with the Guardians of the Galaxy doing missions while trying to find himself. He then finds himself back in Asgard fighting someone who wants to kill all the gods.

It is hard to express my thoughts. I love the character of Thor and in the first films and early Avengers, he was portrayed just right. After Ragnarok, the tone of the character changed into making silly jokes and not being taken seriously. I don’t mind a bit of comedy, but Waititi goes too far to the point and in my opinion, disrespects the character.

First I will say, the story and the movie had great potential if taken a bit more seriously and if they had taken away all the silly jokes. I think audiences can enjoy a movie without that many silly jokes. Iron Man, Captain America, and early films had humor but not at the expense of the character and story. I don’t think the movie is bad, I enjoyed the action sequences and the story once I ignored the silly jokes. It was a movie of two parts, the first one the jokes were abundant, the second half it got better because the silly jokes were fewer.

Christian Bale shines as Gorr, he was simply great in my opinion. I think Natalie Portman and Chris Hemsworth had good chemistry on the screen and it was a joy to see them in the film together. Russell Crowe as Zeus was a bit disappointing because once again they chose to take a character and make him funny. The problem for me was that I found little things funny.

I think this movie will have those that hate the movie, I expected worse. I think Thor deserves a film with a more serious tone. I just tried to ignore the silly stuff and focus on the good, but there is a lot to ignore.

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