Sorry to disappoint you guys but Thor: Ragnarok doesn’t hold up looking back. Outside of being visually impressing and some nice characterization, the story and the comedy took a massive dip in quality. Any hopes and prayers for 𝐋𝐨𝐯𝐞 𝐀𝐧𝐝 𝐓𝐡𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐫 to do better were not answered; this has to be the most egregious, tone-deaf, infuriating entry I’ve seen yet, making this less of a victory lap for Taika and more of a shallow encore falling apart.
Acting wise, I guess nobody’s really disappointing; they all do well with what they got. It’s just a shame Christian Bale isn’t given more with what he’s given, especially since characterization is almost non-existent here.
To anybody saying the film looks good, take another look. Yes, there’s a lot of color and some cool visuals with interesting fonts, costumes and songs thematically interwoven in nicely but when paired up against some of the ugliest CGI to grace an MCU film yet, it just taints the entire visual aesthetic since it somehow feels a bit overwhelmed by the MCU house-style and also leans too much into Taika’s style as well; with how similar the two seem, you can’t just ignore that.
Both the editing and cinematography fall victim to this slapdash approach in prioritizing choppy speed over any semblance of proper energy or life, it is the most unimaginative and unconvincing with the lack of worldbuilding, setting and imagery backed up by convenience-syndrome, more lackluster dialogue is served up, action sequences were forgettable and amateurish, the combination of so many atmospheric auras plopped in place left an empty vast of air in its wake and the production design here feels more tiny and contained than usual on top of the pacing feeling sloppy and manufactured in how fast it breezes by.
There are a lot of things wrong with Love And Thunder but the biggest turnoff for me is that similar to Ragnarok, the film can’t be bothered to decide on a tone. It’s stuck between either forcing a rom-com or actually getting on with the story and the end result constantly loses focus and pulls back just when it could potentially get interesting. Not only are Taika’s displays of parody comedy aggravatingly self-indulgent but his entire comedic prowess being limited to portraying omnipotent characters as their lesser halves makes every living being here come off like a joke.
And its plot is perhaps the most generic of this phase yet. At least with the other TV shows or movies of Phase 4 that I hated, there was at least an attempt to try and take a risk with their story even if it didn’t pay off; for a film that clearly wants both levity and substance, this constant hot-potatoing between camp, drama and comedy don’t do this story justice when the main baseline for dramatic tension should’ve been streamlined for either Thor and Jane’s reconciliation or Thor having face off against Gorr. The thin, scattershot script balances what feels like 9 separate movies at once constantly fighting for dominance and it can never make sense of what’s really supposed to matter. Just a bunch of lazy cogs bumbling into place making mincemeat out of what’re supposed to be emotional heartstrings on a harp.
I’m not exaggerating when I say this is probably the worst MCU movie I’ve seen in Phase 4, maybe even worst MCU film I’ve ever seen. Low quality schtick like this make me ashamed of being associated with this franchise sometimes.