Review: Thor Love and Thunder
Let me preface this review by stating that I am almost always on the opposite side of critics and review sites...which is why I lend them no credence. I mean, Braveheart is one of the best movies of all time scoring multiple awards and it received a 78% on that popular site named after a plant. That alone tells me they know nothing about film review, but also it should be noted that all art is speculative and that includes movies, TV, and books. If you're looking to a critic to tell you what you might like, you're missing the point of exploring art to its fullest. More often than not, these critics are being paid to praise or trash a particular piece of entertainment.
With that, I go into my review of Thor: Love and Thunder. These reviews are in no way meant to sway your opinion. I'm simply stating what I thought as a fan of fantasy. For instance, when everyone else seemed to love Thor: Ragnorak I absolutely hated it. Thor is one of my all-time favorite characters and to me, they completely tore down everything that was enjoyable about him to make him a comedic entity...they even cut his hair! I mean, why is Thor the funny one? The entire thing didn't sit well with me and I'll probably never watch it again.
That said, I went into Love and Thunder with little expectation. To that end, I was pleasantly surprised. It turned out to be an enjoyable film that had the right balance of humor while returning Thor to his former state of glory. It also didn't hurt that the film was laced with an epic 80s vibe from the colors, to the clothes, and even Guns N' Roses as the soundtrack. I particularly liked when Thor and his crew went to visit Zeus. It may seem odd that they mixed Norse mythology with Greek but I've seen that done before on Xena: Warrior Princess so I was open to it. Plus, Russel Crowe was excellent in the role (bad accent aside). Speaking of excellent, I enjoyed Christian Bale's work as the main villain...though Bale is usually great at every project he takes on.
I wasn't thrilled with the ending only because I wanted to see more Jane Foster as Lady Thor. Based on my own writing its no secret I enjoy a tough woman warrior. Which is why the return of Lady Sif made me happy too. It was only when I found out the film stayed true to Lady Thor's comic book arc that I lamented the ending.
Overall, I thought it was a fun film. I'm not sure what everyone is bitching about or why Love and Thunder is being ranked as one of the lower Thor films. Then again, I enjoyed Thor: The Dark World a great deal and every else seemed to hate it. But y'know what, I don't mind being on the opposite side of the spectrum. It just means it'll be a little more difficult for me to find entertainment that I enjoy as most of today's films cater to the masses. But then again...that's why I write my own stories. Because I know there are those who don't want the same thing as everyone else. They want something different, edgier, with a Thor that is less funny and more kick-ass God of Thunder like he used to be. Those are the people I write for.
"Original Cyn" Cynthia Vespia writes fantasy novels for deviant minds including urban fantasy vigilantes and heroic adventure fantasy. Cyn is also a freelance content writer and uses the art of storytelling to help brands engage their target audience through Original Cyn Content.