Thor: Love And Thunder
Onto the next release of the weekend and the weekend biggie is here. And I just finished watching the new Marvel film Thor Love And Thunder. There is a certain quality to the Marvel films which has propelled them to expand the Universe. With innovative concepts and storylines which often push the envelope, the Marvel fans are always treated to cinematic wonders. Even with lesser liked films like the last Marvel Outing Dr. Strange and The Multiverse Of Madness, the concept was such that it overpowered many of its writing flaws. So despite the negative word of mouth for Thor Love And Thunder, I still decided to go ahead and watch it considering that Thor is and has been one of my favourite superheroes along with Iron Man and Doctor Strange. What is more is that the film is directed by Taika Waititi who is a prolific filmmaker in my eyes with films like Jojo Rabbit to his name. So a lot was going in the film’s favour despite the negative reviews. So then is Thor Love And Thunder worth your time, lets find out.
Story & Screenplay
Thor Love And Thunder follows the story of Thor who must save the children of Asgard from an antagonist who will stop at nothing. The story is a middling one with bouts of humour thrown in which is a trademark of Marvel films. But it is the screenplay which is absolutely lacklustre here. Standing at just under 2 hours, the film may seem like a relatively quick film as per Marvel standards but my word is the screenplay a royal mess.
I cannot remember the last time I had been privy to such a mediocre screenplay in a Marvel film. There are zero Wow moments and very little which would salvage the plot. The screenplay gets caught up between whether it wants to be a comedy or whether it wants to be an out and out superhero film. The comedy elements just fall flat and how! I mean even by the Marvel standards you will be disappointed by the outcome here.
One thing which you want in a superhero film is the multiple standoffs between the superhero and the supervillain. But here neither of them are well explored. The supervillain had an immense potential to explore his scary side but the screenplay just floats him on the surface thereby diluting the impact which looked promising in its trailer. And when was the last time the protagonist is made to look like a side character in a Marvel film? It is Lady Thor who track was focussed on leaving the main protagonist only to crack a few jokes and mildly contribute in action scenes. The climax was such a letdown where the final showdown just did not arrive!
The only moments in the screenplay which work feature the antagonist which seem thrilling and add substance to an otherwise ordinary and insipid screenplay! The screenplay is just so disappointing that I was even tempted to compare this dogsh*t to some of the mindless Bollywood films that were out lately. The lesser said the better!
Dialogues, Music & Direction
The dialogues try to be smarter than they actually are and in the process fall flat. The last Thor film had a magnificent homage to the 80s but here even the soundtrack is not correctly used even in action sequences. The BGM is alright even though the cinematography is outstanding and probably the most significant contribution to the film. Director Taika Waititi is a prolific director but is rather uncharacteristic here! The sequences are bland and the humour falls flat, basically everything which could go wrong does go wrong(almost). The direction lacks bite and it transformed a superhero into.a caricature.
The performances are just about alright. Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie has her moments to shine. Russell Crowe as Zeus is unusually over the top here and doesn’t get his character right. Natalie Portman as Jane definitely leaves a mark and she does a commendable job. Chris Helmsworth as Thor keeps the show running through his charm but then that wasn’t enough in his own film! But the pick of the actors was Christian Bale who is absolutely brilliant and intimidating as Gorr. In what was an underwritten role by a mile, he emerges on top. I just wish he had a better introduction in the MCU.
Thor Love And Thunder is a shockingly lacklustre film coming from Marvel in a very long time. This one should be skipped! Available in a theatre near you.