With Natalie Portman set to wield the Mjolnir, the God of Thunder returns in the fourth installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Thor franchise has been through a complicated journey with the second installment regarded as the weakest of the three.
There has been much hype for Thor: Love and Thunder, as it introduces many interesting plots and handles a bunch of important characters from Guardians of the Galaxy, the Thor franchise, and an Olympian god.
The movie has also been entrusted to Taika Waititi who revived the Thor Franchise with Thor: Ragnarok. The director has been known to blend action, humor, and horror in a very tasteful and smart manner. Jojo Rabbit is a very good example of him balancing various aspects of the film.
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The movie stars Internet darling, Christian Bale as Gorr: the God Butcher. Known for his performance in American Psycho and the Dark Knight trilogy, the actor has an impressive portfolio of acting in big as well as indie films.
Even though many critics have praised Chrisitan Bale for playing Gorr with all his might, USA Today commented:
“Bale is outstanding as Gorr, joining Thanos and Killmonger among the best of MCU’s rogues gallery.”
A criticism of the character that has persisted is how the director has handled Christian Bale’s performance. Mainly stated that the actor isn’t given a challenging enough script to perform, Entertainment Weekly stated:
“Bale is appropriately ghoulish and sepulchral, though the difficult-setting on this part seems low for an actor of his caliber; mostly, he just has to snarl from dark corners and not lose too much squid-ink spittle when he talks.”
Now let’s see Paul Allen’s Gorr.
A mixed bag is expected again with Thor: Love and Thunder
Known for its cameos, Marvel has double-downed on its cameos in its fourth phase, Spider-man: No Way Home being a Cameo fest for example. The inclusion of so many elements has resulted in the movie not being able to balance its tone. Mark Kennedy of The Associated Press commented on the same:
“The whipsaw from death and suffering to idiocy is staggering, with Jennifer Kaytin Robinson credited alongside Waititi for a script that seems like it was pasted together after gerbils ripped up a bag of words.”
While previous Marvel movies were able to satisfy fans unanimously, only having a few rotten apples. The fourth phase is plagued with weak films, including Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Spider-Man: No Way Home, and Black Widow, has the Marvel fever finally run out?