The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s best shot at the glorious Oscars went to Christian Bale’s image of the butcher Gorr in “Thor: Love and Thunder”.
He’s as great a Marvel villain as you’ve ever seen him. More menacing than Thanos and richer than Hela from “Thor: Ragnarok. “He has the complicated motives of Erik Killmonger in “Black Panther”, but with the numerical physics transformation We expect from Bale.
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Running time: 125 minutes. Rated PG-13 (lots of sci-fi action and violence, language, some suggestive material and partial nudity.) In theaters July 8.
Able to lose weight and gain weight thanks to Alexa’s ease at giving weather reports, he’s Hollywood’s most addictive freak. In his latest role, the actor is skinny (no Batman’s biceps here) and it looks like he might have fleas. And unlike a lot of his A-list beauties who happen to be in comic book movies to pay to fix their kitchens, he can act sensitized to the green screen. He’s really sensational.
Bale is part of an all-new action-thriller written and directed by Taika Waititi that enlivens the MCU’s standout Phase 4. It looks like “the eternal“Never happened. If only…
The New Zealand filmmaker also reprises his role as rock alien Korg, who quickly recounts Thor’s history with his typical pop-culture-savvy, dry humour. The “previous on” segment is set by Enya to “Time Only”.
Today, we know, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is sitting like meditation under a tree waiting for missions to save the universe. Later, he learns of Gorr, a vengeful boy who kills the gods in response to the death of his young daughter in the desert.
If Gorr could access a device called the Eternity, he could defeat every ethereal creature in a single fall. Even Thor. Only the Thunder God himself can stop him.
Well, Thor and Dr. Jane Foster are back (Natalie Portman who everyone forgets is in the MCU). Back on earth, Jane gets sick and the pair, who had broken up, are reunited in a bad, unexpected way.
Tessa Thompson’s party fervent Valkyrie taped through New Asgard – a delightful mix of gods and school board meetings – here on our planet. And she gets caught up in the fray when Gorr kidnaps all the children of the city.
Waititi, who did an equally amazing job with “Ragnarok” and should direct every Marvel movie, never gets lost in plot or vocabulary. Instead, he lures us in with stakes for every character and a real sense of danger. “Doctor Strange in Madness’ MultiverseTouted as a rare Marvel horror movie. “Love and Thunder”, as funny as it is scary.
For example, towards the end of the film, Waititi uses mostly black and white and Bale’s Gorr starts to look like a heartbroken Nosferatu.
Don’t worry – Thor isn’t all that horror is. This subdivision, along with the hugely entertaining “Spider-Man” movies, is one of the funniest MCU movies since Waititi took over.
We meet new gods, such as Russell Crowe’s Zeus, who is outspoken with “Monty Python”. And there’s a terrifying, hilarious rivalry between Thor’s Hammer and Stormbreaker – two inanimate objects.
And, deserving of as much praise as Bale, Hemsworth’s Thor still manages to take on a regal, impregnable image and make him, for lack of a better word, human. We worry as much about God of Thunder saving all the gods of the universe as we worry about him being thrown away over a piece of paper left in the kitchen.
“Love and Thunder” is an urgent reminder that for the MCU to continue to evolve, in an entertaining, soulful way, creativity and innovation are required. You can’t just say “multiverse” 1,000 times and call it a movie.