The first reactions poured in to the long-awaited “Thor: Love and Thunder” by Taika Waititi, which premiered on June 23 in Hollywood. Expectations to enter the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe are very high given Waititi’s recent comic book outing, “Thor: Ragnarok,” widely considered one of the best Marvel films.
According to journalists and critics on social media, these expectations have come true. Film critic Simon Thompson wrote, “#ThorLoveAndThunder is a lively and vibrant explosion. Thor Hemsworth remains a jewel in Marvel’s crown. Bale’s Gorr is a killer con man who mixes camp and fearsome. Portman Foster and Valkyrie Thompson are the best pairing. Zeus Crowe is *the kiss of the chef.”* “
#ThorLoveAndThunder It is an explosion of liveliness and vitality it delivers. Thor Hemsworth remains a jewel in Marvel’s crown. Bale’s Gorr is a killer con man who mixes camp and scary. Portman Foster and Valkyrie Thompson are the best pairing. Zeus Crow is *kiss chef* pic.twitter.com/PDb5SZRWOo
– Simon Thompson (@ShowbizSimon) June 24, 2022
Insider Kirsten Acuna approved Christian Bale’s performance and specifically praised Gore’s performance, writing that he is “a formidable threat” and “one of the most fearsome Marvel villains we’ve ever seen on screen.”
Christian Bale threatens tremendously like #ThorLoveandThunderThe wicked, gore butcher of the lord. One of the most dangerous Marvel villains we’ve seen on screen. Gave me some Dark Knight Ledger Joker feedback at one point. pic.twitter.com/zsg9SNXfqY
– Kirsten (@KirstenAcuna) June 24, 2022
Critic Courtney Howard called Taika Waititi’s directing, saying it offers a “disrespectful subversive spectacle” with “a great story, risk, and character building.”
#ThorLoveAndThunder He has an appetite for destruction and laughter. It’s totally rad! Taika Waititi presents a subversive, disrespectful spectacle. Great story, risks and character building. Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman, great. Russell Crowe and Christian Bale slip easily into the world pic.twitter.com/W7PUUXIfM5
– Courtney Howard (@Lulamaybelle) June 24, 2022
Some were more critical of the film, such as the great fellow Bible writer Eric Italiano, who generally enjoyed Love and Thunder but said the plot “felt flat and loose”.
#ThorLoveAndThunder It is the funniest movie in the MCU. The jokes are excellent as delivered by the actors.
Apparently Christian Bale is terrifying too # gor
Eric Italiano (@ericitaIiano) June 24, 2022
After the events of “Avengers: Endgame,” the latest sequel to “Thor” finds superhero Chris Hemsworth teaming up with Korg (voiced by Waititi), Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) and Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) to stop Gorr the God Butcher (Bill) of eliminating all the gods. Portman’s return to the MCU caused quite a stir on “Thor: Love and Thunder” ahead of its release. Portman sits down “Ragnarok” and appears in the new movie as Mighty Thor, which also finds her wielding the mysterious hammer of Mjolnir.
Portman recently said, “In ‘Black Swan’, I was told to be as small as possible” diverse for the cover story. “Here, I was asked to get as big as possible. This is an amazing challenge – and also a state of mind as a woman.”
Waititi added about bringing Portman back as a superhero: “I’ve seen her play the scientist in Thor 1 and 2, and it just seemed pointless to do it again.” “That character just seems like a love interest. She’s the lady of the earth who’s all about being mortal and not really important all the time.”
“Thor: Love and Thunder” opens in theaters nationwide on July 8. Check out more first-hand reactions in the posts below.
Another classic Thor adventure! #ThorLoveAndThunder It’s all I wanted it to be. Big, weird, and colorful battles fueled by Guns N’ Roses go with a hopeless romance about discovering love in unexpected places. Christian Bale and Russell Crowe are especially great. And Korg! pic.twitter.com/fu0gTUuMRj
Eric Davis (@ErikDavis) June 24, 2022
I saw #ThorLoveAndThunder. It can’t quite match the Ragnarok visual or comic, but Taika Waititi makes up for it with an emotionally mature Marvel movie. It’s also pretty funny (Natalie gets jokes) and features one of the most stunning visual sequences in MCU history.
– Jake (@jacobkleinman) June 24, 2022
#ThorLoveAndThunder It is much more casual than I expected. Laughs a lot. Very standard, punk cookie cutter with Christian Bale. I Want Cop Boyfriend Comedy With Natalie Portman and Tessa Thompson. Matt Damon should go to Broadway. Engagement credits are EPIC! Pure fun. pic.twitter.com/2J5UQuHHSA
– Clayton Davis – Stand With 🇺🇦 (ByClaytonDavis) June 24, 2022