After a series of traumatic events, Thor continues his quest for inner peace, but is interrupted by Gorr, the godslayer. The DD Nonetheless, Jane Foster, the Thunder God’s ex-lover, is back to help him.
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From the first minute we are hooked. In a few words we feel all the pain of a father. However, the trailer was packed with action and humor, with a sprinkling of horror. Then we remember that it is a film by Taika Waititi, Oscar winner for the screenplay Jojo rabbit. Like James Gunn, the New Zealand filmmaker’s seemingly wacky works can make you laugh and then cry.
As for us, we like frequent and drastic breaks in tone. But we know they’re not for everyone. Especially since, after a first restrained scene in a desert of white sand, we are sent onto a chaotic battlefield with rich colors. The (As)Guardians of the Galaxy defend a race of blue humanoids from an army of small furry creatures. Despite the confusion, Thor meditates. He eventually intervenes, quickly ending hostilities… not without damage. This clownish scene, which is a bit stretched out, is there to show Thor going where he feels needed. In reality, he is desperately looking for a new meaning for his existence, which already counts several thousand years.
Then a new adversary arises: Gorr, the godslayer. As the name suggests, this one resents the divine beings and will spare no one. Christian Bale manages to transform once again. His performance, more nuanced than some before, is both disturbing and captivating. Each of his on-screen appearances eclipses everything else and that’s probably why they’re (too) few.
The other person who changes Thor’s “plans” is his ex, Jane Foster. Especially since she returns to her life with the same armor as him and his beloved hammer Mjölnir – his Stormbreaker ax is even jealous! It’s nice to see Natalie Portman in the role of a superhero full of enthusiasm but also full of doubts. Mighty Thor may be very strong, but we still sense his vulnerability. Despite very different situations, she and Thor are in a similar frame of mind. Combined with their shared past, this creates a very comical, but mostly human, dynamic between the two. There are discomforts, urges, questions …
As we wrote for Thor: RagnarokChris Hemsworth masters all facets of his character perfectly. He impresses with both his muscles and his ability to make the thunder god’s fear palpable. We also like the genuine friendships he fosters with Valkyrie (brilliant Tessa Thompson) and Korg (Taika Waititi), who is also the hilarious narrator of the story.
Although the actors’ work is remarkable, love and thunder is above all the work of its director. Taika Waititi, who is also a co-writer with Jennifer Kaytin Robinson, has said repeatedly that he wants to make a film that’s even more eccentric than Ragnarok. It dazzles the eyes – and the ears, thanks in part to four Guns N’ Roses songs. The pacing is intense, but it allows the crucial scenes to breathe. We laugh, we cry, in less than two hours. Cap!
Thor: Love and Thunder
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Starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman and Christian Bale