Taika Waititi tries to recapture the irreverent fun of 'Thor: Ragnarok,' but his lightness registers more like indifference.
Back in my hater phase on marvel so I’m sort of glad to see them getting more and more middling reviews. Had a brief window of “eh they’re not my thing but people seem to like them and they’re not hurting anyone” but I’m over it. Tired of this and Star Wars being like the only movies normal people talk about anymore.
I just watched an episode of Hot Ones with Alton Brown and, in talking about regional delicacies, he commented that as soon as some city/place has a lock on a reputation for a certain type of food, the quality invariably goes down. Like as soon as everyone says "Oh you HAVE to go to Philly for a cheesesteak," then Philly starts getting lazy about its cheesesteaks.
I think the same thing occurs with certain creative types. As soon as you become the go-to guy for a certain kind of clever oddball humor, especially working in the giant Disney grist mill, it becomes easy to start phoning it in. I still love a lot of what Taika Watiti does but between Marvel, Pixar voice work, Our Flag Means Death and acting roles like Free Guy, it may be time to take a break and recharge.
Taika Waititi is a flavour, not an auteur.
I’m one of the benighted souls who really liked Jojo Rabbit, but Waititi’s thing is starting to wear thin for me. Thank goodness I’ve already sworn off Marvel “content” (Shang-Chi and Hawkeye were good places to stop), so I don’t have to agonize over whether to waste a Jackson on this.
“Love and Thunder shouldn’t feel like a two-hour episode of an action-comedy show that doesn’t exist.”
But what is the MCU if it isn’t an action-comedy show that expects you to pay $20 per episode?
I'm glad that it at least seems like the goats made you laugh. Oh man, if they make plushies of those things with sound chips in them, I'm going to have to buy them.
Agree with most of what you said, but I'd still prefer it to something to something so self serious like Dr. Strange 2. Marvel movies are disposable, and at least this one acknowledges it.