Thor: Love and Thunder review: Brilliant, horrifying, and gorgeous

(L-R): Natalie Portman as Mighty Thor and Chris Hemsworth as Thor in Marvel Studios' THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER. Photo by Jasin Boland. ©Marvel Studios 2022. All Rights Reserved.
(L-R): Natalie Portman as Mighty Thor and Chris Hemsworth as Thor in Marvel Studios' THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER. Photo by Jasin Boland. ©Marvel Studios 2022. All Rights Reserved. /

We have yet another Marvel project releasing this weekend in Thor: Love and Thunder. Will this be the film to get me pumped for Phase 4? Or will it disappoint like the other projects in this phase? I will review the movie and let you know if it’s worth checking out.

The return of Thor sees Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale), who is attempting to make the gods extinct, debut in this universe. Asgard is the next target for Gorr, and Thor must recruit from his past and present to save the city.

Spoilers ahead of Thor: Love and Thunder

Heading into this movie, Marvel (in my opinion) needed a win. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was a huge letdown, Moon Knight was not that good, and some of these other TV shows have been a bit lackluster. But, as a HUGE fan of Thor: Ragnarok and Taika Waititi, I had faith he would get this phase back on track.

The movie opens with our introduction to Gorr the God Butcher, whose daughter dies in his hands. We find out this is his motivation for his mission to make gods extinct.

Next, we see Thor and the Guardians of the Galaxy doing battle. Then, within the montage, we see how Thor (still struggling internally from losing Jane) went from fat Thor to in-shape Thor in his fight to overcome his depression. At the end of the battle, Thor and the crew find out about Gorr and his plans, and they split up to hopefully stop him.

From here, a lot happens, but I won’t spoil any of it because I want you to witness all the happenings, cameos, action, and fun for yourself. Instead, I will just be breaking down my thoughts on the overall film, my favorite parts, and more.

Thor: Love and Thunder elevates Marvel’s struggling Phase 4

Let’s dive into Waititi’s script. Nobody and I mean NOBODY, is better at blending comedy and drama than he. We all saw this in Ragnarok and how it was insanely funny but also had some outstanding story elements that connect us to everything. While I am unsure if I liked Love and Thunder more, I will say I liked the script much more. The balance of comedy and this extremely emotional story that he presents is so unique and different for this comic book space.

Next, we take a look at the added pieces to the film. First, Christian Bale as Gorr was downright scary. Waititi, paired with Bale, did a better job within the horror aspects of this film than all of Doctor Strange 2. Bale is visually terrifying as Gorr but also is terrifying in what his character can do, making him a viable villain. Bale reminded me that he’s hands down one of the best actors working.

Another piece of the puzzle that stood out was the return of Natalie Portman. It was a friendly reminder between her and Bale that there could be great acting within comic book movies. The writing of Jane Foster is downright brilliant, and Portman delivers not just emotionally but psychically as well. She kicks ass and takes names, but one of the best things she does is bring out the best in Hemsworth as Thor.

Thor is Thor, Hemsworth is Hemsworth, but when you’re on the screen with a powerhouse like Portman, you have to bring an extra layer to the table, and Hemsworth does that, and Thor thrives because of it.

I spoke a little on the horror aspects, and I would be crazy not to mention this entire black and white sequence that is shot in the movie. Not only is it gorgeous to see, but it was creepy and haunting. It was hands down one of the best shot sequences I’ve seen in the MCU to date.

Now for the rest of the film, Waititi plays all the hits (literally). From the banger of a soundtrack to the action to comedy to the story, you are in for one heck of a ride. Also, goats, everyone will love the goats. I need a set of these to put on my desk at home.

Overall, Thor: Love and Thunder is everything I needed it to be and more. It reminded me why I love being invested in these films and characters. I hope this jumps starts a nice run for Phase 4. Go check this one out on the biggest screen possible.

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Thor: Love and Thunder hits theaters on Friday.