By Ruby Brady | Staff Writer
“Thor: Love and Thunder,” directed by Taika Waititi, was released in theaters in the United States on July 8, 2022. Waititi also directed the previous movie in Thor’s series, “Ragnarök.” Though he takes on a writing role within “Thor: Love and Thunder,” his creative presence provides a sense of continuity between the two movies. The movie is relatively short, coming in at two hours (watch for the after credit scenes, too)!
“Thor: Love and Thunder” is the fourth movie covering Thor, and belongs to Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The MCU has four phases in total, wherein movies are grouped by year of release. Phase Four covers movies that were released between 2021 and 2022.
This movie explore the intricacies of love and what one would do out of love for someone else. The plot focuses on our three main characters, Jane Foster, Thor and Valkyrie, who are trying to defeat the vengeful Gorr the God Butcher. Another layer of complexity is added to the story because of Jane and Thor’s relationship dynamic as on-again, off-again exes. Thor’s sensitive side is portrayed, which gives him more dimension than previous movies within his series.
The film’s strengths are its cinematography and visual effects. These are highlighted in a fight scene between Falligar the Behemoth and Gorr, which uses a vibrant color palette and glam rock style. This scene tips its hat to the comics because it is recreated in the comic panel’s likeness.
However, the movie’s stunning visuals do not distract from some of its weak plot points. In one scene, for example, Zeus flicks Thor’s clothes off, which seems to be unnecessary and crass. In addition, the trailer leads you to believe that Zeus and Omnipotence City play a large role in the movie, but its presence was limited to this one clothing scene, and then never brought up again.
That being said, if you are a fan of the MCU or action in general, you should definitely watch this movie. You’d likely benefit from watching the three prior Thor movies to understand the characters and their motives. Out of the most recent Marvel movies that have been released, this was the most wholesome. It has upbeat music and silly jokes, which also makes the movie a bit cheesy and childish.
“Thor: Love and Thunder” is a nice addition to the MCU, but overall does not stand out against the other movies released within Phase Four. It’s worth the watch for the upbeat vibes, the music and beautiful scenic shots.
This is definitely a fun watch with friends who casually enjoy the MCU and understand it at a basic level, or with those who know it like the back of their hand.
“Thor: Love and Thunder” is still showing in local movie theaters. You can also watch it for free with a Disney+ subscription, or for $19.99 on Amazon Prime, Vudu and Apple TV.