In the ever expanding Marvel Universe, it could be easy to become complacent with the story lines that have created a phenomenol fan base. So with Taika Waititi at the helm, how would the latest Marvel Film – Thor: Love and Thunder play out. The answer is nothing less than poetic creative genius.
There are so many reasons why a film which is fulled with cheesy references should not work. Here lies the brilliance with Taika’s story telling through Thor: Love and Thunder. So, a little backstory. We’re introduced to Christian Bale’s character “Gore – the God Butcher” right from the offset. Offering a very dark and emotional reality check of the universe. The first of many stunning performances Bale showcases throughout his interaction with the different characters from Thor (Chris Hemsworth); King Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) and Jane Foster (Natalie Portman). Bale’s interpretation of Gore’s character is in part for me on par with the performance we saw with Heath Ledger. Ruthless, dark, and unforgiving. Seeking vengence on his quest to rid the universe of all G-d’s.
You then find yourself thrust into the comical genuis that Chris Hemsworth brings to Thor. Full of fun, unapologetic, and a little rough around the edges on etiquette. Setting the scene for what is simply nothing less than a rollercoaster of fun. The fact the film tries in every sense to be “uncool” makes the film so much more enjoyable. Hemsworth brings a charm that even as he’s saved the day (albeit destroyed an alien civilizations most treasured monument), yet still make you laugh at his attempt to explain himself, highlights how brilliantly Taika’s film was cast. The quips are thrown from every direction, and when you think it could not get any better, it does, again and again and again. I never thought I would find myself listening to Russell Crowe talking about mass orgies in a Marvel Film. Yet in the context of the sketch, it is mastered to a tee. With screaming Goats as travel companions. I mean, what is not to love.
Tessa Thompson reprises her role as King Valkyrie, and brings in a brilliant performance alongside Natalie Portman [The Mighty Thor]. The chemistry between the two characters and that of Jane Foster and Thor are linked brilliantly together. For me, this was by far the best Thor to date, and one of the best Marvel films created. Faultess, emotional, brilliant. A true cinema fanfare & a serious must watch!! Our verdict, nothing less than Taika Waititi creative brilliance deserves: 5 STARS!!