If there’s anyone who can save the universe and find inner peace, it’s Chris Hemsworth’s Thor. The god of thunder is back in action after ‘Avengers: Endgame’ (2019). Joining him on his quest for inner peace in ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ are the usual suspects: Valkyrie, The Guardians and Korg. But there are a few tagalongs that are determined to knock Thor’s socks off…literally. The film, directed by Taika Waititi (‘Thor: Ragnarok’, ‘Jojo Rabbit’), also stars Tessa Thompson, Natalie Portman, Christian Bale, Russell Crowe and Taika Waititi.
Hemsworth and Waititi are a formidable duo
Taika Waititi exceeds expectations with ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ after setting lofty ones with ‘Thor: Ragnarok’. The third film in the Thor series was a funny, irreverent take on Thor and made conscious efforts to shape the character differently. Instead of “Shakespeare in the park”, as Tony Stark once said, Thor was moulded into an adorable goofball who steps up when it counts.
‘Love and Thunder’ sticks to the version of Thor created by Waititi in ‘Ragnarok’. Hemsworth embodies the space Viking physically and emotionally and has perfect comic timing. He’s the god of thunder AND silly one-liners. His interactions with Dr Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), his former lady love are hilarious as well. On one hand, he’s not over their break-up. On the other, he feels competitive because Mjölnir chose Jane (Portman) and made her the Mighty Thor. The thought of his ex-girlfriend and his ex-weapon being a team makes his head spin. At one point he’s trying to chat up both Jane and his hammer. His new axe, Stormbreaker isn’t all too happy about that either.
The film is a fun jaunt through the galaxy. While it has a grand quest that requires Thor and his motley crew of heroes to push past their limits, it doesn’t take itself very seriously. It’s reminiscent of the old superhero cartoons on TV like ‘He-Man’. The hero wakes up, hangs out with his crew, beats up some bad guys and goes to bed. Rinse and repeat.
Best supporting cast, ever
Natalie Portman reminds you in stunning fashion that she used to play a badass in the ‘Star Wars’ prequel trilogy. Thor might have the muscles, but Portman’s Dr Jane Foster is a deadly combo of brains and brawn. Her suit is the best in the film, hands down. Tessa Thompson is equally cool as King Valkyrie. There’s a point where Valkyrie is shooting an Old Spice commercial and it’s every bit as amazing as you’d expect it to be. Thompson’s deadpan face is deadly.
Christian Bale is committed to his Gorr the God Butcher role. He takes on a gaunt, emaciated, wraith-like appearance. But he also brings emotional depth to his character that shines through his heavy make-up. Taika Waititi voices Korg the Kronan, Thor’s buddy from Sakaar. His soft voice coupled with Korg’s gargantuan, pebbled body makes for comedy gold. In the end, Korg gets together with another Kronan named Dwayne. If you know, you know.
WATCH OR NOT
Go for Thor, stay for everything else. ‘Love and Thunder’ is a visual spectacle set to the best of Guns N’ Roses, with a funny, emotional script and a fantastic cast.
P.S: The film has a mid-credit and post-credit scene, each with a cool surprise.
Director: Taika Waititi
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Natalie Portman, Christian Bale, Russell Crowe, Taika Waititi