Early reactions poured in for Taika Waititi’s highly anticipated “Thor: Love and Thunder,” which had its world premiere June 23 in Hollywood. Expectations for the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe entry are sky high given that Waititi’s latest comic book outing, “Thor: Ragnarok,” is widely considered one of the best Marvel movies.
According to journalists and critics on social media, these expectations have been met. Film critic Simon Thompson wrote, “#ThorLoveAndThunder is a lively, vibrant explosion that delivers. Hemsworth’s Thor remains a jewel in Marvel’s crown. Bale’s Gorr is a killer boogeyman that mixes campy and scary. Portman’s Foster and Thompson’s Valkyrie make a top pairing. Crowe’s Zeus is *chief’s kiss.*”
#ThorLoveAndThunder is a lively, vibrant explosion that delivers. Hemsworth’s Thor remains a jewel in Marvel’s crown. Bale’s Gorr is a killer boogeyman that mixes campy and scary. Portman’s Foster and Thompson’s Valkyrie make a top pairing. Crowe’s Zeus is *chief’s kiss* pic.twitter.com/PDb5SZRWOo
—Simon Thompson (@ShowbizSimon) June 24, 2022
Insider correspondent Kirsten Acuna agreed and specifically praised Christian Bale’s performance as Gorr, writing that he’s “phenomenaly menacing” and “one of the scariest Marvel villains we’ve ever seen on screen.” ‘screen”.
Christian Bale is phenomenally menacing as #ThorLoveandThunderthe wicked, Gorr the Butcher God. One of the scariest Marvel villains we’ve ever seen on screen. Gave me Dark Knight Ledger Joker vibes at one point. pic.twitter.com/zsg9SNXfqY
— Kirsten (@KirstenAcuna) June 24, 2022
Critic Courtney Howard praised Taika Waititi’s direction, saying it provided “a subversive and irreverent spectacle” with “a great story, stakes and character building”.
#ThorLoveAndThunder has an appetite for destruction and laughs. It’s totally awesome! Taika Waititi delivers a subversive and irreverent show. Great story, stakes and character building. Chris Hemsworth & Natalie Portman look stunning. Russell Crowe & Christian Bale slip into the world with ease pic.twitter.com/W7PUUXIfM5
— Courtney Howard (@Lulamaybelle) June 24, 2022
Some were more critical of the film, such as senior Bro Bible writer Eric Italiano, who generally enjoyed “Love and Thunder” but said the plot “seemed flat and unchallenged”.
#ThorLoveAndThunder is the funniest movie in the MCU. The jokes are excellent, as is the cast that delivers them.
Christian Bale, obviously, is as terrifying as #gorr
— Eric Italiano (@ericitaIiano) June 24, 2022
After the events of ‘Avengers: Endgame,’ the latest ‘Thor’ sequel finds Chris Hemsworth’s superhero teaming up with Korg (voiced by Waititi), Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), and Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) to stop Gorr. the God Butcher (Bale) to eliminate all gods. Portman’s return to the MCU generated the most buzz for “Thor: Love and Thunder” before its release. Portman missed “Ragnarok” and appears in the new film as Mighty Thor, which also finds her wielding the mystical hammer Mjolnir.
“On ‘Black Swan,’ I was asked to go as small as possible,” Portman recently said. Variety for a cover. “Here, I was asked to become as tall as possible. It’s an incredible challenge — and also a state of mind as a woman.
“I saw her play the scientist character in ‘Thor’ 1 and 2, and it just seemed pointless to do it again,” Waititi added of Portman’s return as a superhero. “This character looks like a simple love interest. She’s an earthling who runs around being deadly and not exactly consistent throughout.
“Thor: Love and Thunder” opens in theaters nationwide on July 8. Check out more early reactions in the posts below.
Another classic Thor adventure! #ThorLoveAndThunder is everything I wanted it to be. Big, colorful and eerie battles fueled by Guns N’ Roses with a hopelessly romantic story about finding love in unexpected places. Christian Bale and Russell Crowe are particularly great. And Korg! pic.twitter.com/fu0gTUuMRj
— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) June 24, 2022
I saw #ThorLoveAndThunder. It may not quite match the visual or comedic bombshell of Ragnarok, but Taika Waititi makes up for it with an emotionally mature Marvel film. It’s also very funny (Natalie has some jokes) and features one of the most stunning visual sequences in MCU history.
— Jacques (@jacobkleinman) June 24, 2022
#ThorLoveAndThunder is much more episodic than I would have thought. Offers great laughs. Very standard cookie-cutter villain with Christian Bale. I want the buddy cop comedy starring Natalie Portman and Tessa Thompson. Matt Damon has to go to Broadway. Posting credits are EPIC! Pure fun. pic.twitter.com/2J5UQuHHSA
— Clayton Davis – Stick with 🇺🇦 (@ByClaytonDavis) June 24, 2022