The release of “Thor: Love and Thunder” was eagerly anticipated by Marvel fans this summer. Not being a huge Marvel fan myself, I went to see it with friends who were and was much less excited. But to my pleasant surprise, I found “Thor: Love and Thunder” to be ubiquitously enjoyable. Director Taika Waititi continued the trend he started in “Thor: Ragnarok” of abandoning the super-intense save-the-world self-important vibe of other Marvel movies for a lighter, more rom-com-esque, but still action-adventure film.
My favorite thing about “Thor: Love and Thunder” is that it doesn’t take itself too seriously. It is unafraid to crack stupid jokes, often at its own expense, and embraced its own cheesiness. Everything about the movie felt self-aware, like Taika Waititi knew exactly what kind of film he was making and wanted the audience to know it too.
This isn’t to say that the movie is totally goofy. There were many funny moments, yes, but there were also touching moments. It told a great story, the kind of plot that is strong enough to withstand heavy-handed comedic relief and still keep the audience invested.
The star-studded cast also delivered. Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, and Tessa Thompson were everything you wanted them to be: charming and funny, with the kind of casual chemistry that made their acting seem effortless and pulled the audience in.
I can’t speak for Marvel superfans, but as someone who doesn’t usually go for superhero movies, I found “Thor: Love and Thunder” to be a solid movie, not the next “Casablanca”, but a genuine and sweet film with something in it for everyone.
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