Release date

JULY 8, 2022

Director

TAIKA WAITITI

Production Companies

Marvel Studios ,

Walt Disney Studios
Motion Pictures

BIG CINEMA THEORY REVIEW  •  JULY 2022 

Synopsis

Thor embarks on a journey unlike anything he’s ever faced — a quest for inner peace. However, his retirement gets interrupted by Gorr the God Butcher, a galactic killer who seeks the extinction of the gods.
Marvel Studios’ THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER stars Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Natalie Portman and Christian Bale. Directed by Taika Waititi. In theaters July 8, 2022.

4TH FILM IN THE THOR FRANCHISE

29TH FILM IN THE MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE

Broad Notes…

The brilliance of director Taika Waititi shines through in another ‘space viking’ adventure.  Thor: Love and Thunder is an absolute blast.  One of the shortest films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with a run time of 1 hour 59 minutes, it doesn’t feel cut off or missing anything.  Every minute pushes forward and the story moves along nicely throughout the epic adventure.

This film is visually stunning, full of heart, and brings a lot of soul to the concept of the Gods and their place in the universe.  Thor is faced with moral dilemma, self-awareness, exploration of love and soul.  He’s also not the only main protagonist or the only weilder of the hammer…

  • STORY 70% 70%
  • ACTING 70% 70%
  • CINEMATOGRPHY 90% 90%
  • EFFECTS 90% 90%
  • MUSIC SCORE 90% 90%
  • AMUSEMENT 100% 100%
  • OVERALL RATING 80% 80%

Our Thoughts…

This film combines the quick-witted dialog and funny jokes of all Taika Waititi movies and the franchise predecessors but also has one of the most intense and scary villains of the entire MCU.  You will feel frustration, fear, empathy, courage, and excitement all at the same time watching Thor and Company chase this force across the galaxy and into realms unknown.  This film is filled with self-discovery and explores the nature of ideology, relationships, trauma, and hope.  Thor’s new movie brings familiar faces, new characters, old friends, and his relationship to the universe…all the way down to his touchy bond with his hammer, Mjolnir.  The self-contained storytelling within Thor’s space in the greater universe is an excellent execution and holds up to the reputation of the third film, “Ragnorok,” which is beloved by Marvel fans and moviegoers alike.

Spoiler Notes…

COMING SOON!  CAMEOS, EASTER EGGS, POST-CREDIT SCENE…AND MORE!

Cast & Crew

Chris Hemsworth (Thor)

Christopher Hemsworth was born on August 11, 1983 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia to Leonie Hemsworth (née van Os), an English teacher & Craig Hemsworth, a social-services counselor. His brothers are actors, Liam Hemsworth & Luke Hemsworth; he is of Dutch (from his immigrant maternal grandfather), Irish, English, Scottish, and German ancestry. … See full bio »

Christian Bale (Gorr)

Christian Charles Philip Bale was born in Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK on January 30, 1974, to English parents Jennifer “Jenny” (James) and David Bale. His mother was a circus performer and his father, who was born in South Africa, was a commercial pilot. The family lived in different countries throughout Bale’s childhood, including England, Portugal,… See full bio »

Natalie Portman (Jane Foster)

Natalie Portman is the first person born in the 1980s to have won the Academy Award for Best Actress (for Black Swan (2010)). Natalie was born Natalie Hershlag on June 9, 1981, in Jerusalem, Israel. She is the only child of Avner Hershlag, an Israeli-born doctor, and Shelley Stevens, an American-born artist (from Cincinnati, Ohio), who also acts as… See full bio »

Tessa Thompson (King Valkyrie)

The actress Tessa Lynn Thompson was born on October 3, 1983 in Los Angeles, California. She is the daughter of singer-songwriter Marc Anthony Thompson and the granddaughter of actor-musician Bobby Ramos. She was raised in Los Angeles before moving to Brooklyn, New York. Her father is of Afro-Panamanian ancestry and her mother is of Mexican and … See full bio »

Director - Taika Waititi

Taika Waititi, also known as Taika Cohen, hails from the Raukokore region of the East Coast of New Zealand, and is the son of Robin (Cohen), a teacher, and Taika Waititi, an artist and farmer. His father is Maori (Te-Whanau-a-Apanui), and his mother is of Ashkenazi Jewish, Irish, Scottish, and English descent. Taika has been involved in the film … See full bio »

Final Comments…

This critic would put THOR : LOVE AND THUNDER in the top 10 of Marvel movies.  On the “fan meter,” it may even be top five, but as an overall film and entry into the 29 film universe with all the countless television shows, comics, and projects on the way, it should show up in the top 10 for most fans.  This is another film of 2022 that will hopefully help carry fans back into theater seats and the spectacle of the silver screen.  It will also be a massively re-watchable hit when it goes to streamers and home distribution.  GO OUT TO THE MOVIES!  SEE THOR.  YOU WONT REGRET IT!