Thor: Love and Thunder

Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is back and this time with the quick and whimsical genius of director Taika Waititi, who is also the voice of Thor’s Kronan companion Korg.

Korg you might remember from the Grandmaster’s Contest of Champions in Ragnarok. We’re lucky to have him narrating Thor’s superhero story – he’s quite witty, and says things we’re thinking. He also surprises us with his own stories of love. He also helps set the scene for anyone new to the MCU or Thor franchise series.

Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) as The Mighty Thor is strong, clever, and simply fantastic. The metamorphosis is rushed, but her circumstances make her evolution believable. Her chemistry with Thor is still off the charts. The overly sentimental moments are rewarded with Foster’s fighting spirit. She’s wonderful alongside King Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) in the action scenes.

Christian Bale is Gorr The God Butcher and he’s quite creepy with a well-developed backstory. Once I stopped counting how many seeds were on his face in his early transformative scene, I enjoyed him as a villain. He’s so dark and convincing that he almost feels out of place when the rest of the movie is rather lighthearted and comical.

The soundtrack is pure rock and roll superhero bliss. I think there are four different Guns ‘N’ Roses songs that surge us through various scenes. We get “Welcome to the Jungle” when Thor is reunited with Guardians of the Galaxy, and “Paradise City” when we first see New Asgard. Kind of electric nostalgia.

Overall silly and definitely not as good as Ragnarok (my favorite), but it’s entertaining and fun. Lots of laughter in the hidden details, cameos, and tattoos. The ending keeps the jokes coming, and the tidy little Love bow actually gave me happy tears knowing it’s Hemsworth’s real daughter.

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