Thor: Love and Thunder (2022)

I have to admit, I haven’t been overly impressed with ‘Phase 4’ of the MCU, but nor am I saying I should have stopped with Endgame; it’s just more of a lucky dip as to whether you’ll get something fun or not. I perhaps stoopidly had high hopes for Thor: L&T, but alas it’s a bit of a mixed bag. Let’s see…

We last left the Asgardian god in the company of the Guardians of the Galaxy, and this is where we rejoin him: still somehow charmingly arrogant, not quite getting things right, and not exactly generating a sad parting when he leaves for a more personal mission. It’s a light and breezy opening not too un-reminiscent of the brilliant Ragnarok and its zany humour, but don’t get too lulled into that.

Because if L&T manages anything, it’s tonal whiplash. God of Dumplings? Silly to the point of eye rolling. Gods flippantly dismissing the death of a child? Eeep. Zeus’s Greek accent – oy! An entire cancer storyline? Ah, yeah. Hmm. Let’s say I’m just glad I had been warned ahead of that!

Perhaps my main issue here is that it just couldn’t live up to expectations – but then, it’s also shooting itself in the foot a bit. I didn’t wholly care for ‘Lady Thor’; as a concept great, but she’s just a bit awkward and self-conscious, and I’d rather she was simply having fun with it – in fairness, that might just be my discomfort with an actually well-written storyline. We arguably have one of the best baddies in the MCU in the shape of Gorr the God Butcher, who has both an excellent backstory and a great actor in Christian Bale. And yet… I dunno, it just could have been executed better. I’ve seen reports that they cut a lot of his backstory scenes, and I think they would have added more.

It’s not not fun, but I am left with mixed feelings. Overall I do think ‘superhero fatigue’ has set in (and then some; I’ve lasted longer than most!) so my ability to be kind about flaws and failings is stretched a bit thin. This… could have been better, in several ways. Marks off not because it wasn’t a perfectly fine Marvel movie, but because I was just that bit disappointed. There was fun to be had, and the serious bits were well conceived, but somehow this felt disjointed and a little unfocused at times. Ymmv, as ever.

Thor Love and Thunder posterReleased: 7th July 2022
Viewed: 9th September 2022
Running time: 118 minutes
Rated: 12A

My rating: 6.5/10

4 thoughts on “Thor: Love and Thunder (2022)

  1. I rewatched it the other day cause my parents hadn’t seen it and it was up for rent, and it was worse the second time for me… almost none of the jokes landed well, and even the opening just feels cringe and insincere, like it’s trying to copy Ragnarok. When Thor is cocky towards his enemy that’s fun, but when he’s being emotionally difficult and distant with people who, in a previous film, he’s bonded with it just… it made me sad!

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