Reviews for Marvel’s next big movie, Thor: Love and Thunder, have already started popping up online before the film’s release this Friday, July 8. Critics weigh in and the overall sentiment mixed.
You can find a sample of the review snippets and scores below, including GameSpot’s own Thor: Love and Thunder review and more on the internet.
Love and Thunder was directed by Oscar winner Taika Waititi, who previously directed the beloved 2017 film Thor: Ragnarok. It also stars 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 main cast of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy will also appear in Love and Thunder.
The story is taken after the events of Avengers: Endgame, with Thor going through an existential crisis and searching for inner peace before finding himself in a fight against Gorr the Butcher God of Bale. Bale revealed in an interview that a scene involving his self -destructive character was considered “too much” for a family film, so they were cut.
Love and Thunder will exclusively come out in theaters on July 8. It may arrive at Disney Plus later, but a release date has not yet been announced for Disney’s streaming service.
Thor: Love and Thunder
- The director is: Taika Waititi
- Written by: Taika Waititi, Jennifer Kaytin Robinson
- Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson, Christian Bale, Russell Crowe
- Release date: July 8
- Duration: 1h59
- Rating: PG-13
CBS – 6/10
“. love and thunder felt[s] less like a movie and more like an album of random ideas, torn between a few neat music videos. Some of these ideas are good – Jane, the humor, the visuals – while others are pointless and meaningless. It never comes together into one cohesive thing, ending up making the whole experience empty at best and confusing at worst. But hey, at least it’s not the Dark World. – Mason Downey [Full review]
IGN — 7/10
“It’s actually MCU’s first rom -com and plays these tropes in fun ways. But while Thor and Jane’s relationship is well -managed, Love and Thunder isn’t too deft – and much safer than what do you think – to push the story of Greater MCU.Christian Bale feels Gorr is underutilized and Tessa Thompson’s King Valkyrie sits in the back seat, especially as the film progresses.Taika’s humor and visual style Waititi has been going on since Ragnarok, and is the key to pushing the film through its cookie-cutter.With Hemsworth being an Asgardian as enthusiastic as ever, Thor’s future with love and thunder is bright. Tom Jorgensen [Full review]
The Hollywood Reporter – No Score
“Of course, fans will be happy to see Chris Pratt and the Guardians of the Galaxy team show up in a first battle, and there will be little emotional interludes between Hemsworth and Portman as Jane’s health becomes more compromised with each blow. to the hammer. And one of the obligatory sequences of credits will eventually appeal to Ted Lasso’s followers. But until a sentimental ending that seems to have been designed around “Sweet Child O ‘Mine,” the film seems weightless, sloppy, easily forgotten, unable to arouse love or thunder. ”- David Rooney [Full review]
Forbes – No Score
“Thor: Love and Thunder is a pointless series, existing only because its sequel was so well received, even by non-MCU fans. His story, about seemingly virtuous and privileged ones people facing the dark reality of their seemingly benevolent ancestors and questioning how to survive in a sinful society, became a favorite theme of blockbusters during the Trump era (see also: Frozen II and Trolls: World Tour) .more effective than ‘runoff politics’, but mostly about Thor coming to life again with Jane, Natalie Portman cosplaying Thor for a few streaks and hoping to cash in on some Ragnarok goodwill. can’t afford to stop that train. Mind you, Thompson and the ‘Guns and Roses’ tune aside, this fourth Thor is a real deal. ” – Scott Mendelson [Full review]
Seattle Times – 1/4
“Thor 4 is a bad joke in itself. There are no stakes, and no permanent death. He won’t even pretend for a moment to be anyone – even if he gets a flash of his heart, or all except his face be destroyed, or even if he literally die –this franchise will definitely stop. This means no more spin-off series. That means less content. And the worst part of all is that unlike Batman and Robin and Superman IV, Love and Thunder is not the end. If the words “THOR WILL RETURN” appear on stage at the end of this episode, it’s like an old curse. All you have to do is sit back and reflect on how long until we stop pouring our money on the altar of the gods in the corporate studio. ” – Scott Greenstone [Full review]
CNN – No score
“However, despite some really shocking looks that have evolved and Hemsworth’s playfulness in portraying Thor as a vicious idiot – including a little naked already over -selling that still needs to be done. which evokes a lot of laughter – always the gags of Love and Thunder fall in. There’s also something almost lazy about the way the kids are mixed up in the plot. – Brian Lowry [Full review]
USA Today – No score
“There’s more than enough magic, music and muscle around – everything is so torn, Love and Thunder always feels like a Frank Frazetta painting come to life. Waititi is equally adept at creating the MCU’s response. Flash Gordon with Ragnarok or deliver definite, shocking work like Jojo Rabbit.- Brian Truitt [Full review]
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