- Thor: Love and Thunder held its world premiere on June 23.
- After the film, critics and journalists were able to share their thoughts on social media.
- Thor: Love and Thunder will hit theaters in the United States on July 8.
Thor: Love and Thunder — the second Marvel Cinematic Universe film of 2022 following Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness — had its world premiere in Los Angeles on Thursday night.
Following the screening, critics, journalists, and fans alike took to social media to share their thoughts on the Taika Waititi-directed film.
Critics and journalists share their reactions to Thor: Love and Thunder
In my reaction tweet, I wrote the following:
Thor: Love and Thunder is the funniest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe — the jokes are excellent as is the cast delivering them. Christian Bale, obviously, is also terrifying as Gorr the God Butcher. But, the plot felt flat and stakeless. Not sure if that’s a #Thor problem or an MCU-without-a-big-bad problem.
Another classic Thor adventure! #ThorLoveAndThunder is everything I wanted it to be. Big, colorful, weird Guns N' Roses-fueled battles to go w/ a hopelessly romantic story about discovering love in unexpected places. Christian Bale & Russell Crowe are especially great. And Korg! pic.twitter.com/fu0gTUuMRj
— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) June 24, 2022
holy shit. #ThorLoveandThunder is the perfect blend of taika at his best with comedy and a punch to the gut all in one. i left this movie emotionally satisfied while also sobbing and just perfection. we stan a dad rock soundtrack. in the words of my new favorite characters: AHH pic.twitter.com/MytduVq89h
— it was rachatha all along (@RachelLeishman) June 24, 2022
#ThorLoveAndThunder has an Appetite For Destruction & laughs. It’s totally rad! Taika Waititi delivers a subversive, irreverent spectacle. Great story, stakes & character-building. Chris Hemsworth & Natalie Portman, superb.Russell Crowe & Christian Bale slip easily into the world pic.twitter.com/W7PUUXIfM5
— Courtney Howard (@Lulamaybelle) June 24, 2022
Christian Bale is phenomenally menacing as #ThorLoveandThunder’s villain, Gorr the God Butcher. One of the creepiest Marvel villains we’ve ever seen on screen. Gave me some Dark Knight Ledger Joker vibes at one point. pic.twitter.com/zsg9SNXfqY
— Kirsten (@KirstenAcuna) June 24, 2022
#ThorLoveAndThunder is a vivid and vibrant blast that delivers. Hemsworth’s Thor remains a jewel in Marvel’s crown. Bale’s Gorr is a killer boogeyman blending the campy and the creepy. Portman’s Foster and Thompson’s Valkyrie are a top notch pairing. Crowe’s Zeus is *chef’s kiss* pic.twitter.com/PDb5SZRWOo
— Simon Thompson (@ShowbizSimon) June 24, 2022
Thor Love And Thunder is the best comedy to come out of the MCU. It has Taika’s signature style ALL over it! I laughed, I cried, and then I laughed some more. What an amazing film! #thor #ThorLoveAndThunder pic.twitter.com/Amm8NQ792l
— Amanda Taylor (@geeklyamanda) June 24, 2022
#ThorLoveAndThunder is much more episodic than I would have suspected. Delivers big laughs. Very standard, cookie cutter villain with Christian Bale. I want the buddy cop comedy with Natalie Portman & Tessa Thompson. Matt Damon must go Broadway. Post credits are EPIC! Pure fun. pic.twitter.com/2J5UQuHHSA
— Clayton Davis – Stand with 🇺🇦 (@ByClaytonDavis) June 24, 2022
#ThorLoveAndThunder is absolutely electrifying. My favorite #Thor movie of the four.
Taika Waititi through and through. It’s mature, the soundtrack rocks, and there’s great surprises. So much fun.
Feels like the best of MCU Phase 1 and Phase 4 in one entry. Loved it. pic.twitter.com/3SO5yoy6j0
— BD (@BrandonDavisBD) June 24, 2022
#ThorLoveAndThunder is electric! A wacky, high energy delight with a cast full of aces crushing one scene after the next. LOADS of laughs (my face legit hurts), menace of Christian Bale’s Gorr is chilling, but most of all loved that it’s a film brimming with good vibes & heart. pic.twitter.com/CjVHkxAprC
— Perri Nemiroff (@PNemiroff) June 24, 2022
Thor: Love and Thunder is so very Taika Waititi! It's wild, hilarious, action packed, & even dark. Christian Bale is phenomenal as Gorr and Tessa Thompson crushes it! Get ready to love those goats! Not enough Guardians (I'm bias on that). Mid credit is FIRE! #ThorLoveAndThunder pic.twitter.com/JaRDUkAEcT
— Tessa Smith – Mama's Geeky (@MamasGeeky) June 24, 2022
I saw #ThorLoveAndThunder. It can't quite match the visual or comedy bombast of Ragnarok, but Taika Waititi makes up for it with an emotionally mature Marvel movie. It's also very funny (Natalie's got jokes) and features one of the most stunning visual sequences in MCU history.
— Jake (@jacobkleinman) June 24, 2022
#ThorLoveAndThunder is the GREATEST movie Marvel has made so far! I'm not joking. I haven't laughed that hard since Ragnarok and I feel invested in Marvel again in a way that I haven't since Endgame. Also, bring tissues. The journey is *chefs kiss* from start to finish!❤️ pic.twitter.com/bJYVxCJoQS
— Lyra Hale 🔜 SDCC (@TheAltSource) June 24, 2022
If you, like me, take delight in watching Christian Bale slurp up the scenery while gobbing out that black ink Danny DeVito had in Batman Returns, then #ThorLoveAndThunder is for you.
— Joanna Robinson (@jowrotethis) June 24, 2022
#ThorLoveAndThunder gets better when it's not trying to desperately recapture the magic of Ragnarok. Most of the humor doesn't land as well as it did the first time, but Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, & Christian Bale do the best with it.
More coming soon to @DiscussingFilm pic.twitter.com/2jkZD8TJAi
— Andrew J. Salazar (@AndrewJ626) June 24, 2022
In addition to Hemsworth’s God of Thunder, Thor: Love and Thunder — the second MCU film of 2022 following Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness — stars Natalie Portman, who will take on the mantle of the Mighty Thor, Christian Bale as the film’s villain Gorr the God Butcher, Russell Crowe as Zeus, and returning MCU stars Tessa Thomspon, Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Pom Klementieff, Karen Gillan, Jeff Goldblum, and Taika Waititi.
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In addition to Multiverse of Madness and Love and Thunder, Marvel Studios will also release Black Panther: Wakanda Forever later this year. Thor: Love and Thunder will hit theaters in the United States on Friday, July 8.
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