First Reactions to ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ Call the Film ‘Vibrant and Vivid’

The first reactions came to Taika Waititi’s long-awaited “Thor: Love and Thunder,” which had its world premiere on June 23 in Hollywood. Expectations for the latest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe are high considering Waititi’s latest comic book release, “Thor: Ragnarok”, is widely considered to be one of Marvel’s best films.

According to journalists and critics on social media, these expectations were met. Film critic Simon Thompson wrote, “#ThorLoveAndThunder is a vivid, vibrant blast that delivers. Hemsworth’s Thor remains a jewel in Marvel’s crown. Bale’s Gorr is a killer bogeyman that mixes the eccentric and the terrifying. Portman’s Foster and Thompson’s Valkyrie are a top-notch duo. Crowe’s Zeus is the *chef’s kiss.”

Internal correspondent Kirsten Acuna agreed and specifically praised Christian Bale’s performance as Gorr, writing that he’s “phenomenal menacing” and “one of the scariest Marvel villains we’ve ever seen on screen.”

Critic Courtney Howard praised Taika Waititi’s direction, saying it delivers “a subversive and irreverent show” with “great story, stakes and character building”.

Some were more critical of the film, such as senior Bro Bible writer Eric Italiano, who generally liked “Love and Thunder” but said the plot “feeled flat and pegless.”

Set 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 biggest buzz for “Thor: Love and Thunder” ahead of its release. Portman was left out of “Ragnarok” and appears in the new film as Mighty Thor, who also finds her wielding the mystical hammer Mjolnir.

“On ‘Black Swan,’ I was asked to stay as small as possible,” Portman said recently. Variety for a cover story. “Here, I was asked to stay as big as possible. This is 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 felt pointless to do it again,” added Waititi about bringing Portman back as a superhero. “This character just seems like a love interest. She is a Terran woman who runs around being deadly and not very consequential.”

“Thor: Love and Thunder” opens in theaters nationwide on July 8. Check out more first reactions in the posts below.

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: