Wednesday, May 29, 2024

New “Thor” Movie Starts Tonight With Meh Reviews Compared to Last One: Will it Matter?


In 2017, critics fell in love with “Thor: Ragnarok.” The third “Thor” movie from Marvel got a 93% on Rotten Tomatoes and went on to become a blockbuster.

Tonight, the new “Thor” installment, “Love and Thunder,” also directed by Taika Waititi, has previews before opening officially tomorrow. Reviewers are lukewarm, giving it 69% on Rotten Tomatoes.

The reviewers are largely unimpressed. They’re saying it’s a redo of the last movie, and kind of a hot mess. But will it matter? Probably not. Disney publicity has been in hyper drive for weeks. They’ve planted stories of so many different kinds in so many places, you can’t escape “revelations” from Chris Hemsworth or Natalie Portman on every subject.

There’s an overall feeling that Thor, the former Norse God, has become a witless bumbling fool. Waititi has turned him into a wise cracking Deadpool. And where is Loki?

The Rolling Stone review: “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.”

Check back tomorrow. My guess is fans will flock to it, anyway. It’s rare that a Marvel Universe film isn’t embraced enthusiastically and seen over and over on opening weekend.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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