Monday 8 August 2022

REVIEW: Thor: Love and Thunder (2022) - Starring Chris Hemsworth and Christian Bale

Review By Jon Donnis

Chris Hemsworth is back as everyone's favourite former King of Asgard, Thor!

Thor: Love and Thunder sees Thor enlist the help of Valkyrie, Korg and ex-girlfriend Jane Foster to fight Gorr the God Butcher, who intends to make the gods extinct.

As with previous films in the series, Thor: Love and Thunder is a very tongue in cheek action film, and is a welcome addition to the series, and works well as a one off film for people new to the genre, as well as for people who watch all the Marvel films.

The film starts off with Gorr (Christian Bale) and his daughter Love (played by Chis Hemsworth's real life daughter India) as they struggle in a barren desert. As love is dying they pray to their god Rapu, but their prayers go unanswered and Love dies.

Gorr finds himself called by the God Killing Necrosword which leads him to God Rapu's realm, but Rapu dismisses Gorr, and tries to strangle him, the Necrosword offers itself to Gorr who then kills Rapu with it, and vows to kill all Gods using the sword. Gorr is given the power to manipulate shadows and create monsters, but in return he is cursed with impending death, and his mind is corrupted.

Gorr proceeds to kill several gods.

Thor who has joined the Guardians of the Galaxy, (cue lots of appearances from the Guardians of the Galaxy cast) and after killing some bad guys and saving the day, Thor learns of Gorr and that his next target is Asgard.

Thor's ex-girlfriend Dr. Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) has been diagnosed with terminal cancer, she travels to New Asgard in the hope that Thor's hammer Mjolnir might heal her, but due to an enchantment that Thor placed on the hammer years earlier to protect Foster, Mjolnir reforges and bonds itself to her.

As Gorr attacks New Asgard, Thor arrives and is surprised to see Foster wielding Mjolnir which was previously fractured by Hela in the Thor Ragnarok film. He teams up with her, Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson The King of New Asgard) and Korg: A Kronan gladiator (Taika Waititi). They fight Gorr and stop him, but as he escapes he kidnaps a number of Asgardian children and imprisons them in the Shadow Realm.

What follows is a non stop action film that needs to be seen.

A special mention needs to go out to Russell Crowe who has a really fun scene about half way through the film, he plays Zeus. And to say he steals the show is an understatement. With a hilarious Greek accent, Crowe absolutely nails his part, and I really hope we get to this character in future films.

Korg also impresses as the rock creature friend of Thor, there is also a nice nod to another famous Rock in the film, so listen out for that one.

Overall this for me was one of the best Marvel films in recent years, loads of cameos, non stop action, a decent storyline, and fun light hearted comedy. There really is something here for the whole family, fans of Marvel and newcomers alike.

The Good

So good, it is hard to put across how much I thoroughly enjoyed this film, there really is no weak points, without the credits the film is about 1 hour 45 minutes, which is just perfect, and the mid and post credit scenes which we all come to love are also worth sticking around for. Chris Hemsworth is strong as Thor, and you even get a bit of nudity for the women to enjoy, and Christian Bale is great as Gorr, although with that makeup you would never know it was him.

There is a nice fight scene towards then end where all the kids get involved, and it just works, and doesn't come across as too silly. 

The Bad

I struggle to think of anything in the film I didn't like. Maybe we could have had more Zeus?


One of the best Marvel films in years and perhaps the best Thor film yet.

I score Thor: Love and Thunder a solid 9.5/10

Out in cinemas now!