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Marvel fans will be glad to know the first reviews for Thor: Love and Thunder paint a very positive picture.
Chris Hemsworth is back in the starring role, while Taika Waititi returned to direct following the success of 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok. Tessa Thompson and Jaimie Alexander have also made a comeback, and a trailer for the film packed with epic music and partial nudity paints the picture of an entertaining watch.
Fans have been expressing their excitement for the release of Thor: Love and Thunder ever since it was first announced as part of Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and though the film isn't set to be released to the masses until 7 July, critics who have been given early viewings have been able to give us an idea of what we can expect.
Among those lucky enough to attend a viewing of the film was journalist Rachel Leishman, who sang her praises afterwards with a tweet which read: "Thor: Love and Thunder 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.”
#ThorLoveAndThunder is absolutely electrifying. My favorite #Thor movie of the four.— BD (@BrandonDavisBD) June 24, 2022
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
The hype was raised further by journalist Caitlin Tyrrell, who said Thor: Love and Thunder 'surpasses all expectations'.
“Balancing absolutely bombastic insanity with moving character driven stories," she added.
Collider’s Perri Nemiroff said the film quite literally left her face hurting from laughter and described it as 'electric'.
Nemiroff wrote: "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 and heart.”
#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
Critics have also drawn attention to Natalie Portman’s character Jane Foster, who surprises Thor with her return as she takes on the role of the Mighty Thor.
Lyra Hale described Portman's performance as 'exceptional' and pitched the movie as an example for women in cinema, writing: “Watching Dr Jane Foster transform into this hero… it’s what I want for all women on my screen. I want that complexity.”
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