Thor: Love and Thunder

Thor: Love and Thunder ★★★½

Genuinely shocked at how divisive this movie was among my group of pals! Last time we were that spread out in reactions it was to The Green Knight, so I guess this also counts as cinema. I don’t make the rules.

Look, this movie does what it says on the tin. If you’re sick of any element of it (Waititi’s schtick especially) I assume the entire thing is going to feel like torture. But I still enjoy Waititi’s work (his public persona is another thing) and Hemsworth’s version of Thor, so I had a nice time at the movies! I think it would benefit from having a few very bad jokes cut and part of the big finale was treacley to the point of insulting my intelligence, but the movie looked good (occasionally great), Bale is having the time of his life, and the goats made me laugh every time. There’s one joke in this that has real looney tunes spirit and it killed me.

This thing ain’t changing anyone’s mind about this entire enterprise. If you don’t like these already, skip this, which honestly is probably the way it should be. Feels like a lot of the resentment built up around Marvel stems from the fact that culture is holding a gun to your head a little bit if you DON’T go. It’d be nice if we’ve hit the point where folks who don’t like these can skip them and we can all return to harmony.

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