Following the celebrated Thor: Ragnarok, Taika Waititi directs the fourth installment in the god of thunder saga and emerges victorious in his vague quest that mixes genres and proposes a phenomenal display of special effects.
Thor: Love and Thunder is a movie that generates contradictions. In his eagerness to surpass -in terms of filmic ambition and visual display- the celebrated Thor: Ragnarok, director Taika Waititi proposes an adventure that tries to escape from the solemnity in which Marvel usually falls , but does not respond to a specific genre – it is a continuous jump from drama to humor, and from there to action- and that means that its narrative development is not prolix. It’s another classic movie that feeds the vibes of the die-hard fandom, with a formula of proven success and satisfying results.
The premise of the film places us in a moment of search for inner peace of the god of Thunder (Chris Hemsworth). But his retreat is interrupted by an assassin from across the galaxy known as Gorr, the Butcher of Gods (Christian Bale), whose mission is the extinction of the gods. To combat the threat, Thor enlists the help of the Valkyrie King (Tessa Thompson), Korg (Taika Waititi), and his ex-girlfriend Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), who, to Thor’s surprise, inexplicably wields his magical hammer, Mjolnir, like the Mighty Thor. Together they embark on a terrifying cosmic adventure to unravel the mystery of the Butcher of Gods’ revenge and stop him before it’s too late.
When it comes to special effects, Marvel has a mastery of hallucinatory montages , which when brought to the world of Thor become very colorful and overwhelming. A riot of lights and sparks that will delight the fanatic crowd, who hardly questions the plot gaps as long as a moment of guaranteed fun. Particularly, said factor is the Trojan horse that makes Thor: Love and Thunder a special film, open to laughing at ridiculous things and betting on humor as a safe card. When he leaves the register that he dominates perfectly, a ramification of problems opens up in the story: the dramatic part (which occupies the entire second part of the film) does not finish joining with plasticity in the tonality that Waititi poses.
The villain – the best character in Love and Thunder – played by the Oscar-winning Christian Bale, is a plus that helps promote a film that, despite its weaknesses and obviousness, entertains. And don’t worry, all the nostalgic people who are thinking of this as the last adventure of the fair-haired blond: there’s Thor for a while.
Thor: Love and Thunder. Our opinion: Good.
Direction: Taika Waititi.
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Christian Bale, Tessa Thompson, Russell Crowe, Jaimie Alexander and Chris Pratt.