THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER (theater)
Finally, the dissolution of Marvel’s Nordic thunder god Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and earthly astrophysicist Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) is explained in “Thor: Love and Thunder”, Thor’s fourth cosmic (and comic!) Adventure. Unlike most other superheroes, Thor has trouble taking himself seriously. His antics always guarantee a fun time in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
After Thor’s world Asgard was destroyed in the previous film, the surviving Asgardians came to earth where they now live in Norway’s New Asgard – a Disney tourist destination for earthlings.
Thor retires and joins Peter Quill / Space Lord (Chris Pratt) and Guardians of the Galaxy in battles across space. On the war tour, Thor Gorr, the murderer of the gods (the scarred and unrecognizable Christian Bale), meets an embittered survivor who is determined to kill all the gods in the galaxy.
Thor needs help to eliminate Gorr, and recruits King Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), an 8-foot Crown Warrior and gladiator Korg (expressed by Taika Waititi, who also wrote and directed the film), and the mysterious Jane, who manages to leave the earth to help Thor.
When Thor sees the reinforced Jane in her form as Mighty Thor using the magic hammer Mjolnir, he remains superfluous. He knows she’s a famous scientist, but this kind of transformation involves more than science and seems impossible until he witnesses her skill in battle.
Russell Crowe steals scenes like the tubby, strange accent Zeus, whose power comes from his lightning.
Filled with fantastic battles across the universe, a fantastic ensemble of heroes and villains, hilarious moments and the long delayed love story, entertains and satisfies the latest Thor saga.
Rated PG-13 3 stars
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Alice Reese is a member of the Dallas Fort Worth Film Critics Association. She reviews movies, art and entertainment for the Herald-Banner and for KETR.