Marvel’s next film is releasing this Thursday/Friday and the critics are already not feeling the love. Since the embargo is up the reviews are starting to roll out and it is sitting at 71% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Now, this of course does not mean that the audiences will also hate it. Frankly, even if they do the narrative will be spun that not liking you makes you a bigot in some form. But many times critics hate a film and audiences love it, so it might still fly with general audiences.
Here’s what the critics are saying:
“Do these zigzags and mood swings work? Not entirely. But at its fizziest, the camaraderie among the principals buoys the picture.”- Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
“Marvel’s campest entry yet but sadly ventures too far into parody” – Joe Passmore, Attitude.
“You can’t really go far wrong with Hemsworth’s dorky hot guy charisma, or Waititi’s offbeat sense of humour – but you can come away thinking you’ve had enough for a while.”- Anthony Morris, ScreenHub
“With every half-written joke, the creative stasis settles in like a stale fart.” Scott Tobias, The Reveal
“Portman and (especially) Bale contribute more than enough capital-A acting bona fides to lend deeper emotional dimensions to Waititi’s loose, occasionally too-cheerful but always visually adventuresome adaptation of Jason Aaron’s stint on the Mighty Thor” -Todd Gilchrist, The AV Club.
“Everything is pitched at such a frantically insistent pace that the intended laughs die on the vine.” – Nick Schager, The Daily Beast
“I certainly never expected to say this about a Taika Waititi film, but the truth is I hated every minute of Thor: Love and Thunder.”- Richard Propes, TheIndependentCritic.com
“One of the wackiest Marvel movies ever, but also the best all-around film since Avengers Endgame.”- Chris Bumbray, JoBlo’s Movie Network
“It’s the rare Marvel movie that barely holds together.” -A.A. Dowd, Digital Trends
“The final 45 minutes do plenty of heavy lifting and carry thunderous stakes and consequences, but it’s nowhere near enough to love this” – Robert Kojder, Flickering Myth
“A collision of competing tones, subplots, conceptual big swings and chaos masquerading as pathos, this new addition to the Asgardian-gods-and-monsters corner of Marvel Cinematic Universe is a holy mess.” – David Fear, Rolling Stone
“Love and Thunder is badly paced, greenscreened into oblivion, and the constant dribble of jokes and jabs undercuts any attempt at plotting an emotional arc.” – Emma Stefansky, Thrillist
“Thor: Love and Thunder isn’t just a misfire, it’s a scam.”- Joshua Rivera, Polygon
“More and more, this cinematic universe feels simultaneously too big to fail and too wide to support the weight of its own endless machinations. None of it necessarily makes any more sense in Waititi’s hands, but at least somebody’s having fun.”- Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly
As you can see it’s a mixed bag. Even some of the “fresh” reviews read like they aren’t.
I can’t wait to see what the audiences say. Is this going to be another “Eternals” where the audiences agree with the critics, or are we going to see audiences go against the critics, as they often do.
Disney needs this one to do well after ‘Lightyear’ and given that it’s a Marvel film, with established characters, it likely will.
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