'Thor: Love and Thunder' Hammers Home Hilarious Humour Directed by Taika Waititi
Starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson, Christian Bale, Taika Waititi, Russell Crowe, Luke Hemsworth
Published Jul 08, 2022Taika Waititi's Thor: Love and Thunder is bonkers in the best possible way. It's silly, laugh-out-loud funny and never takes itself too seriously. For those who have been living on a steady diet of Marvel films, this one delivers hilarious one-liners, jabs and Easter eggs.
The film starts off by giving us the backstory on how Gorr (Christian Bale) became the God Butcher, making him a sympathetic villain from the get-go. Then, before the film lets emotions run wild, it flashes back to how Thor (Chris Hemsworth) went from god bod to dad bod and sad bod – as described by his BFF Korg (Waititi). These jokes run wild in the film and are clearly an imprint of Waititi's style.
The Thunder God then gets his ridiculously toned body back in shape and is ready to save the world. On the other hand, after being diagnosed with stage IV cancer, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) seeks out Thor's old hammer, Mjolnir, and becomes the Mighty Thor.
When Gorr kidnaps the children of Asgard, Thor teams up with Korg and Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson). To his surprise, and perhaps dismay, he sees his former lover fly in in his suit with his hammer and is in his feelings about it. There's a running gag of how his new weapon, an axe named Stormbreaker, is jealous of Mjolnir that's now in Jane's hands.
With Mighty Thor in tow, the group travel to see God of Lightning Zeus (Russell Crowe in an over-the-top performance unlike anything he's done before) in the hopes of asking the gods for help against Gorr. This was another delightfully memorable scene of god bods and orgies — and no, not in an obscene way.
Written and directed by Waititi, the film is equal parts outrageous and entertaining. Not only is the script cheeky and hilarious, but the cast members also prove they have comedic chops. From Hemsworth to Portman to Thompson and even Crowe, we see a whole different range from the actors, and that's thanks to Waititi, who relied on improv and made the cast go with the flow instead of the script.
Love and Thunder feels like a spoof with an A-list cast, and there's even some surprise cameos that made the audience at the press screening roar with laughter. I still burst out laughing remembering one particular moment of dialogue between Thor and Gorr.
I loved seeing Bale play yet another unrecognizable character, commanding attention by being both creepy and captivating while remaining sympathetic as a father who lost his daughter. He's underused, however, and could have been given more material and screen time to creep away. When he wasn't on screen, his absence was felt.
The '80s pop songs bring the love and thunder to the film — another trademark of Waititi. Guns N' Roses' four biggest songs — "Sweet Child o' Mine," "Paradise City," "Welcome to the Jungle" and "November Rain" — are all included, as well as Mary J. Blige's chart-topper "Family Affair," and hits from Enya and ABBA.
With Thor: Love and Thunder, you're in for a ride. Let's just say I Thor you so. (Marvel Studios)