Thor Love and Thunder Goats Dolphins

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The last time we left Thor, he had joined the Guardians of the Galaxy. And there he is, part of the team… but separately. It seems that he is still coming to terms with what happened in the final stages of MCU and he needs to find himself. Meanwhile, his ex Jane Foster is having a similar moment. Can these two crazy kids solve their problems before a god finisher cuts off the universe? Because there is a god finisher. And he’s cutting off the universe, all of you.

Genre I would classify it in: Taika Waititi Shenanigans Part Deux
Release date: 2022
Remake, Sequel, Based on or Original: Based on the Marvel Comics characters. Part of the Marvel Cinematic Multiverse. The sequel to Thor: Ragnarök.

I must say: Thunder sounds like the Wizard of Oz, the Phantom Tollbooth and the Norse myths of D’aulaire were put in a blender by Nora Ephron and Peter Max. And it is a glorious chaos with a soft and sweet center. And while its fluff is quickly separating from the old brain vat, it’s a movie that not only fits in well as a sequel to Ragnarok, but also continues the “long, strange journey” of Marvel’s Phase 4. Not too bad for a candy colored action movie/love story combo that turns everything into 11 and then rips the button.

Now. The moment everyone has been waiting for. GOATS. Toothgnasher and Teethgrinder (also known as Tanngrisnir and Tanngnjóstr in Norse mythology) are loud, proud and steal the show every time they are seen on the screen. I love them very much, not only because of the goats, but because they are based on the original comics and the original Norse myth. To be fair, the CGI is a bit shaky in part, mainly because these two are so incredibly frantic that it’s impossible to take a still photo of them. And the bleating? Oh, bale-you scream. And he never stops being funny. Waititi uses T&T to its best advantage, as a comic relief, but doesn’t let these scene stealers overstep their welcome. They are a welcome bit of fun, mixed with the bittersweet.

Okay, back to the movie itself. Yes, I said bittersweet; Thunder has moments when you definitely want a kleenex. Unless, you know, you’re dead inside. Thor and Jane’s romance gets a review in Montage, which made me put down roots for the kids and understand the abrupt end of their relationship in previous movies. The new Asgard has its own things I’d get into, but spoilers. Even Gorr, the God finisher, has an understandable, finisher-like villain background, which is played to heartbreaking effect at the beginning of the movie. So stay out of the thunder and don’t expect anything but silly crap. Because, on the one hand, it’s a finely balanced emotional roller coaster, ala David Jenkins (and Waititi’s starring role) Our flag means passed away. And secondly, it definitely doesn’t suck, as authors Taika Waititi and Jennifer Kaytin Robinson overcome the story of balance well, even among the chaos that the “plot” represents.

Which brings me to the one thing I could call a problem in this movie: chaos. Donner feels a bit like episodic scenes pulled together, rather than a coherent, cohesive whole. For me, that’s fine; I’m used to seeing comic book stories jumping from one topic to another, with characters jumping from one plot to another like pinballs. In fact, Waititis Korg serves as the general narrator of this chaotic movie, keeping things together, returning the focus from the B-plot to the A-plot, and generally entertaining us with story time with Korg. She even has the last line*, and she’s sweet and juicy, which is perfect for this character.

The performances are as wonderful as you would expect from this ensemble. Hemsworth continues to prove that he’s an awesome comedic actor, both Portman and Thompson can sink their teeth into the real-life issues their characters face (and they have a cute BFF chemistry on screen), and Christian Bale makes crazy, heartbreaking creatures, sometimes both at the same time, at his best. I would talk about the fantastic cameos in the movie, but apart from the fact that coward is sitting on my neck? In fact, I want you to experience them in advance without warning.

With its great use of art direction, cinematography and special effects, Thunder is truly a family movie. No, not because it’s aimed at children. That’s because there’s something for everyone here. Mature Marvel fans will love the story, drama/romance fans will enjoy the antics of Thor+ Jane, kids will like that there is a subplot tailor-made for them (which, however, is still an important part of the overall plot), movie science geeks will have a lot to find … and ahh, and goat lovers will adore goats. What more could you want?

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