Thor: Love and Thunder (2022) Review

So I saw Thor Love and Thunder recently and I had a good time with it. Thor: Love and Thunder is the 4th Thor movie in the MCU and stars a returning Chris Hemsworth as Thor Odinson, a returning Natalie Portman as Jane Foster/Mighty Thor, Taikai Waititi as Korg, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, and Christian Bale as Gorr the god butcher. “After his retirement is interrupted by Gorr the God Butcher, a galactic killer who seeks the extinction of the gods, Thor enlists the help of King Valkyrie, Korg, and ex-girlfriend Jane Foster, who now inexplicably wields Mjolnir as the Mighty Thor. Together, they embark upon a harrowing cosmic adventure to uncover the mystery of the God Butcher’s vengeance and stop him before it’s too late.”

I have to say that I enjoyed this movie. I enjoyed the story they told and the way they told it. This is a movie about relationships, hence Love being part of the name of the movie. You have the return of Jane into Thor’s life, as well as the return of Mjölnir into his life as well. The way the movie reestablishes their relationship is really fun as we get to see how their relationship was before they eventually broke up, and we also get to see how it deteriorated since we didn’t get to see that happen before. It’s really interesting to see how it affected Thor and how it allows for his journey throughout this movie. One thing I will say though is that I wish the movie was a little longer so that we got to see them together more and to see how Thor changes in it. 

This is a movie about Thor learning to love again, starting to move past the trauma of the past few movies and seeing a bit of the old Thor again. He’s fun throughout this movie and has a lot of good moments. Chris Hemsworth is amazing as always as Thor and you can tell he’s having a blast in this movie. This is a really interesting movie for Thor as his journey in it is almost entirely emotional. It’s about him coming to terms with the way he feels and as I’ve said reopening his heart to be able to care about people again. This also brings him around on his inheritance arc he’s been on for the last few movies, won’t say much more to avoid spoilers. 

I also enjoyed the other characters. It was good to see Jane again and interesting how much of her comic story they took and I enjoyed the changes they made as it created this interesting symmetry with Gorr. You can tell Natalie Portman was having a lot of fun throughout the movie and she was pretty good as the mighty thor. 

Gorr was a great villain, equal parts intimidating and scary, as well as kind of fun and over-the-top. He’s pretty sympathetic and I can see why he does what he does in the movie compared to the comics as a lot of the gods in this universe are massive pricks who really don’t care about their followers. Christian Bale is great in this and brings a good amount of scariness and ham to the role. 

Valkyrie was great as always and so was Korg. The other characters were all fun and had good performances.It was cool to see the other gods in the MCU and where we could be going forward with them. It was interesting to see how much of the movie was focused on kids and how the movie was about saving the kids of Asgard. 

The visuals of the movie were mostly pretty good, with some iffy CG here and there when it comes to Thor’s helmet in the movie. It looks off in the trailers and it doesn’t look any better in the movie. Other than that the locations and monsters are all great looking and different. The use of music throughout the movie was great, great use of needle drops and the focus on Sweet Child of Mine by Guns’N’Roses was really well done. The comedy was for the most part good, some stinkers and I think the stuff with the goats was focused on a bit too much. If you don’t like Take’s work you really won’t like this movie though.

Going off of that, I have a few issues with the movie, a lot of nitpicks and things that I wanted to happen. My major issue is that I feel like the movie should have been longer to give things more time to breath and to give us more scenes with the characters interacting. I feel we should have gotten more time with Jane and Thor in this new stage of their relationship before the ending. Plus I think it would have improved the movie if we got more time with Gorr and the characters to show how the events make Thor and Gorr change to the way they are in the end. 

Over-all Thor: Love and Thunder is a fun ride of a movie with some glaring issues. I can see why its one of the more mixed MCU Movies, but I still think it’s good. I give it One and half thumbs up !