disclosure: I was sent a digital code for Thor: Love and Thunder in order to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.
Some movies are just meant for entertainment, meaning they are not written to win awards or have take-away messages. If you have seen Thor: Love and Thunder, you know what I mean. You should skip ahead to the bonus feature section. If you have not yet seen this movie, read on for a few spoiler-free thoughts.
About Thor: Love and Thunder
Marvel Studios’ Thor: Love and Thunder finds the God of Thunder (Chris Hemsworth) on a journey unlike anything he’s ever faced – one of self-discovery. But his efforts are interrupted by a galactic killer known as Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale), who seeks the extinction of the gods. To combat the threat, Thor enlists the help of King Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), Korg (Taika Waititi) and ex-girlfriend Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), who – to Thor’s surprise – inexplicably wields his magical hammer, Mjolnir, as the Mighty Thor. Together, they embark upon a harrowing cosmic adventure to uncover the mystery of the God Butcher’s vengeance and stop him before it’s too late.
My Thoughts on Thor: Love and Thunder
With a run time of just under 2 hours, Thor: Love and Thunder was a fun Marvel movie to watch. If I had to compare it to a grand scale of other Marvel movies, I would not rank it as high as others, but I still enjoyed it. Thor’s journey of self-discovery addressed his transformation from Dad-Bod to God-Bod, as narrated by Korg, was light-hearted and laugh worthy. For me, Thor has always been the comedic relief in Marvel movies, and these solo movies only highlight that comic relief. Screaming goats may play a part in the absurdity as well.
I was not a fan of the Gorr storyline. I just felt, as a villain, his was a weak plot. Natalie Portman’s Mighty Thor introduction was really well done. While it was simple enough, it was intriguing to watch Thor come to grips with the fact that someone else was worthy of Mjolnir. The inclusion of Zeus opens doors for a new story line(and a new movie). Be sure to watch the entirity of the credits.
Since Thor: Love and Thunder was released in theaters in May, chances are you have seen it. So let’s chat more about these bonus features and why you should add this Marvel installment to your collection.
- Gag Reel – Take a look at some of the fun outtakes on set with the cast and crew of Thor: Love and Thunder.
- Audio Commentary – Watch the film with audio commentary by director/writer Taika Waititi.
- Hammer-worthy: Thor and The Mighty Thor – Trace Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman’s journeys to becoming Thor and The Mighty Thor, respectively. Watch as the costars speak about the preparation behind embodying their legendary roles and describe how they combine their unstoppable forces.
- Shaping a Villain – This featurette introduces Love and Thunder’s primary antagonist, Gorr the God Butcher. Shining a light on the man who brings the character to life, this piece highlights his recruitment and process. Then fellow cast and crew reveal personal anecdotes.
- Another Classic Taika Adventure – This piece looks back on Taika Waititi’s journey taking over the Thor franchise and reinventing the God of Thunder. Revisit the moment Taika was announced as the new custodian of Thor and follow Taika through the production of Thor: Love and Thunder.
- Deleted Scenes
- Looking for Zeus – Thor, Valkyrie and Korg run into a few characters while seeking an audience with Zeus.
- Wasting Time – Star-Lord and Mantis convince Thor to help their cause.
- A Safe Vacation – A nonchalant Thor chats with a panicked Star-Lord and Mantis in the middle of chaos. An explosion thrusts Korg into the scene.
- Fighting For You – Zeus gifts Thor a special tool after overhearing a heartfelt conversation.
*Bonus features vary by product and retailer
Bonus features are my favorite part of in-home releases. They always offer deeper insight and a look at behind the scenes moments. For Thor: Love and Thunder, I felt the bonus features were fun, but slightly underwhelming, leaving us wanting more. The gag reel was very short, and the deleted scenes were deleted scenes for obvious reasons. With only three featurettes, the bonus features of this movie were a bit of a let down. The bottom line here…own Thor: Love and Thunder because you love Thor and want your MCU collection to be complete.
Thor: Love and Thunder is a good movie, worthy of MCU inclusion. But remember to watch this movie with the intention of laughing and being entertained. It’s just good, plain fun. Thor: Love and Thunder is available on Digital, 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD and available to stream on Disney+.
A Disney blooded, crafty, fun-lovin’ wife/mom/organizer/planner, etc who is obsessed with all things Disney 🙂 Maria grew up with the Magic Kingdom and has loved watching WDW evolve into what it is today. A firm believer in the Power of Pixie Dust, she is the owner of The Disney Driven Life – A Community for Neurotic Disney People & a d.i.y. crafty blog, Carousel of Projects – create~inspire~share.