'Electric,' 'wild,' and 'f---ing great'! The first Thor: Love and Thunder reactions are in
Lightning struck again at the Hollywood premiere of Thor: Love and Thunder Thursday night — because the first reactions from press in attendance are super-charged.
Marvel Studios' third standalone Thor movie, and the second one directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Taika Waititi, has already become some critics' favorite MCU movie.
"A sublime mixture of extreme silliness, dreamy surrealism, and genuine emotion, with some of the most visually inventive set pieces in the MCU," tweeted The Wrap's Drew Taylor. "Full of delightful surprises. Just great."
#ThorLoveAndThunder might be my favorite Marvel movie and it also might be their very best. A sublime mixture of extreme silliness, dreamy surrealism and genuine emotion, with some of the most visually inventive set pieces in the MCU. Full of delightful surprises. Just great.⚡️ pic.twitter.com/7Dvku7F9yF
— Drew Taylor (@DrewTailored) June 24, 2022
"Pure Taika Waititi," SlashFilm's Hoai-Tran Bui wrote. "There are moments of indulgence (esp the comedy bits) that could've been reined back, but otherwise a crowd-pleasing ride buoyed by Natalie Portman's guns and a terrifying Christian Bale doing a million accents. The goats are GOAT."
THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER: Pure Taika Waititi. There are moments of indulgence (esp the comedy bits) that could’ve been reined back, but otherwise a crowd pleasing ride buoyed by Natalie Portman’s guns and a terrifying Christian Bale doing a million accents. The goats are GOAT
— Hoai-Tran Bui (@htranbui) June 24, 2022
Collider's Perri Nemiroff called Thor: Love and Thunder "electric," "wacky," and a "high-energy delight," while io9's Germain Lussier called it "wild."
"#ThorLoveandThunder is f---ing great," wrote Yahoo Movies' Kevin Polowy. "I think instantly one of my favorite Marvel movies — probably cause it's easily the funniest, yet still had me choked up by the end. I hope Taika Waititi never stops making Thor movies."
#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
#ThorLoveAndThunder is like what I imagine living in the mind of Taika Waititi might be like. It’s wild, funny, a little all over the place in the middle but by the end it all comes together in a surprising, touching, satisfying way. So much Guns n Roses too. So much. ⚡️ pic.twitter.com/FCuilspvHH
— Germain Lussier (@GermainLussier) June 24, 2022
#ThorLoveandThunder is fucking great. I think instantly one of my favorite Marvel movies - probably cause it’s easily the funniest, yet still had me choked up by the end. I hope Taika Waititi never stops making Thor movies.
— Kevin Polowy (@djkevlar) June 24, 2022
Thor: Love and Thunder takes place after the events of Avengers: Endgame, which saw Chris Hemsworth's Asgardian join the Guardians of the Galaxy on their space adventures. He's on a mission to find inner peace, but those plans are interrupted by Gorr (Bale), known as the God Butcher for his unrelenting desire to kill all gods.
The conflict reunites Thor with Portman's Jane Foster, who makes her return to the MCU after 2013's Thor: The Dark World. Jane is now the wielder of Mjolnir and has transformed into the Mighty Thor.
Jasin Boland/Marvel Studios Natalie Portman's Jane Foste returns as Mighty Thor opposite Chris Hemsworth's Thor in 'Thor: Love and Thunder.' (Lots of Thor!)
Tessa Thompson's Valkyrie and Waititi's Korg also make comebacks alongside kooky figures like Russell Crowe's Zeus.
The film opens soon — July 8! But until then, see more of the press's first reactions to it below.
THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER is the greatest MCU movie, or, for that matter, any movie ever made because it has a direct reference to COCKTAIL (that part not a joke) and in my own pantheon of references, those are the rules I set long ago so I must abide by them
— Mike Ryan (@mikeryan) June 24, 2022
THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER is a rockin’ great time with electrifying action, lots of laughs (the screaming goats!) & a profound story on absent gods & our desire for love. Natalie Portman makes a mighty return & Christian Bale slays it as the terrifying Gorr. The best Thor film yet! pic.twitter.com/s42SkqxlJj
— Matt Neglia (@NextBestPicture) June 24, 2022
Wow!! #ThorLoveandThunder is great! The best entry in Phase 4 behind Shang-Chi and No Way Home. I laughed. I cried. Then I laughed and cried some more, in that order. Natalie Portman is FINALLY given her due. Dr. Jane Foster is more than worthy of being the Mighty Thor.⚡️ pic.twitter.com/oOop89P1uf
— Kirsten (@KirstenAcuna) 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
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
Thor: Love And Thunder is a delight. Chris Hemsworth's Thor gets a journey that balances heart & humor unlike any we've seen in the MCU & Natalie Portman, Christian Bale, and Tessa Thompson all deliver wonderful performances. It found many ways to surprise me. #ThorLoveandThunder pic.twitter.com/egDLj4Az9c
— Eric Eisenberg (@eeisenberg) June 24, 2022
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