Reviews of Marvel’s next big movie, Thor: Love and Thunder, have started appearing online ahead of the film’s release on Friday, July 8th. Critics weigh in, and the overall mood is mixed.
You can see a selection of review excerpts and results below, including GameSpot’s own Thor: Love and Thunder review and others on the internet.
Love and Thunder was directed by Oscar winner Taika Waititi, who previously starred in the beloved 2017 film Thor: Ragnarok. It again plays Chris Hemsworth as Thor, with a cast that also includes Natalie Portman as Jane, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie and Christian Bale as the villain Gorr the God Butcher. Russell Crowe plays Zeus, while Waititi portrays fan favorite Korg. The lead role in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy also appears in Love and Thunder.
The story continues after the events of Avengers: Endgame, where Thor goes through an existential crisis and searches for inner peace before finding himself in the fight against Gorr the Butcher God of Bale. Bale revealed in an interview that a scene involving his self-harming character was considered “too extreme” for a family movie, so they were cut.
Love and Thunder is coming exclusively to theaters on July 8th. It will probably come to Disney Plus later, but a release date for Disney’s streaming service has not yet been announced.
Thor: Love and Thunder
- Instruction: Taika Waititi
- Written by: Taika Waititi, Jennifer Kaytin Robinson
- Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson, Christian Bale, Russell Crowe
- Release Date: July 8th
- Duration: 1h59
- Rating: PG-13
CBS – 6/10
“…. love and thunder[s] less like a movie and more like an album with random ideas, cut between a few nice music videos. Some of these ideas are good – Jane, the humor, the visual – while others are boring and meaningless. It never really comes together into one coherent thing, which at best ends up making the whole experience hollow and at worst confusing. But hey, at least it’s not the dark world. ” – Mason Downey [Full review]
IGN — 7/10
“It’s basically MCU’s first rom-com and playing with these tropics in a glorious way. But while Thor and Jane’s relationship is handled well, Love and Thunder is less adept – and much safer than you might think – to push Greater MCU story forward, Christian Bale’s Gorr feels underutilized, and Tessa Thompson’s King Valkyrie occupies a frustrating back seat, especially as the film progresses. With Hemsworth an Asgardian as enthusiastic as ever, Thor’s future with love and thunder is bright. Tom Jørgensen [Full review]
The Hollywood Reporter – No score
“Of course, fans will be happy to see Chris Pratt and the Guardians of the Galaxy team appear in a first match, and there are, to put it mildly, emotionally charged interludes between Hemsworth and Portman as Jane’s health becomes more compromised with each hammer blow. And one of the obligatory sequences of the ending lyrics will seduce the followers of Ted Lasso, but until a sentimental ending that seems to be designed around “Sweet Child O ‘Mine”, the film seems weightless, flipped, instantly forgettable and provokes neither love or thunder. “- David Rooney [Full review]
Forbes – No score
“Thor: Love and Thunder is a meaningless sequel that only exists because its predecessor was exceptionally well received, even by those who were not MCU fans. His story, about seemingly virtuous and privileged people, confronting their seemingly benevolent ancestors dark truth and questioning how a sinful society can survive became a favorite theme among the Trump-era blockbusters (see also: Frozen II and Trolls: World Tour). more effective than ‘drainage policy’, but it’s mostly about Thor revives with Jane, Natalie Portman cosplayes Thor in a few streaks and hopefully casts some Ragnarok goodwill.Like too many MCU projects, the newer ones, it only exists because Disney can ‘not afford to stop that train.Bale “Thompson and the ‘Guns and Roses’ tunes aside, this fourth Thor is a real treat.” – Scott Mendelson [Full review]
Seattle Times – 1/4
“Thor 4 is a bad farce in itself. There are no efforts and no death is permanent. He does not even pretend for a moment that someone – even if he gets a lightning bolt in his heart, or anything but his face is destroyed, or even if he literally die –will actually leave this franchise. That would mean there would be no spin-off series. That would mean less content. And the worst part of it all is that unlike Batman and Robin and Superman IV, Love and Thunder will not be the end. When the words “THOR WILL RETURN” appear on stage at the end of this episode, it sounds like an old curse. All you have to do is sit back and consider how long it will take before we stop pouring our money on the altar of corporate idols. “- Scott Greenstone [Full review]
CNN – No score
“Still, despite some really striking visual blossoms and Hemsworth’s playfulness in portraying Thor as a dizzying idiot – including a bit of a nude already overexposed in marketing who should still elicit big laughs – Loves’ gags and thunder fall far too often. There is also something almost lazy about the way the children are integrated into the plot. ” – Brian Lowry [Full review]
USA Today – No score
“There is more than enough magic, music and muscle to go around with – everyone is so torn to pieces that Love and Thunder often feels like a Frank Frazetta painting comes to life. Waititi is just as adept at creating MCU’s response to Flash Gordon with Ragnarok or delivering defining, dazzling work as Jojo Rabbit. with bizarre characters, religious themes and a compelling conversation about the differences between mythical gods and almighty gods. “- Brian Truitt [Full review]
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