Thor: Love and Thunder

Thor: Love and Thunder

I wrote about “Thor: Ragnarok” that, “At some point, the movie’s willingness to not take itself too seriously becomes an unwillingness to take _anything_ seriously at all.” In comparison to “Love and Thunder,” that earlier movie was downright solemn in its reverent dedication to telling a real story. This latest installment is less committed, less earnestly felt, less respectful of anyone’s time than just about any movie in recent memory. It’s almost entirely made up of ironic detachment and too-cool-for-school quipping, and in turn it inspires nothing in the way of surprise or engagement or even laughs. It’s almost what they would call a nothingburger, if not for the fact that it is part of the most economically significant movie franchise of our times and therefore has to mean something, even if unintentionally. With great responsibility comes…what? At the very least, the responsibility to give a damn, which Kevin Feige clearly does not.

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