The new Thor movie is a perfect example of the importance of having a good bad guy. Someone dark and malevolent, driven by pain and revenge, whose eyes and scars reveal the abuse he has suffered and that has turned him into … the much-feared villain Gorr the God Butcher. Playing him, actor Christian Bale is one of the powerhouses of Thor: Love and Thunder. Bald, with bags under his eyes, sickly-looking and in a world without color, he seems to be from the afterlife. And that’s why his mere presence sparks terror even among the gods. But offsetting that darkness is humor. Despite the passage of thousands of years, the things that come out of Thor’s mouth are often still hilarious. This balance between darkness and the crazy antics of the son of Odin is key in the latest installment in this superhero series. And there is even room for another element that is actually the most crucial in the overall package – drama.

That makes for three genres in one film. And Natalie Portman’s (the prestigious scientist Jane Foster) return as the goddess Thor is what makes the whole montage work. With her life imperiled by illness, she decides to wield Thor’s beloved hammer in the search for a remedy and finds what at first seems to be a cure. She embodies a new heroine who will fight by Chris Hemsworth’s side, as if she had been doing so all her life, and who will stare death in the face. And of course, there’s that ingredient that’s the impetus for life – love. The love they still feel for each other. The reason many humans get up each day – to give and receive love, be itfrom a partner, a child, a parent. Not even the gods are immune to it. There is always someone to fight for, someone we would give our lives for.

And there’s one more element that plays a very special role in this movie about the God of Thunder’s new mission – the soundtrack. We’re talking 80s music with some rock and heavy metal. The songs that accompany the battles add a truly epic touch in those moments of greatest tension. ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ by Guns N’ Roses sounds as if it were made expressly for this movie. Still playing in viewers’ heads as they leave the cinema will be ‘Our Last Summer’, by Abba, ‘Welcome to the Jungle’, also by Guns N’ Roses, and ‘Rainbow in the Dark’, by Dio. It’s often not given the importance it deserves, but the right song in the middle of a battle really can be a rallying call, as is the case here. Also noteworthy on this occasion is the high quality of the dubbing into Spanish, with voices as powerful in the world of dubbing as are those of the main actors in their own sphere. Now that’s the way to make dubbed superhero movies truly a pleasure.

‘Thor: Love and Thunder’.

Directed by actor and director Taika Waititi (creator of Jojo Rabbit), this fourth Thor installment from Marvel provides a new heroine, a new adventure and characters that keep the entertainment coming across the course of various action scenes. Special mention goes to the two goats that appear in the film and their hilarious ‘screams’. Viewers are sure to have seen something similar in the popular videos of these animals on YouTube. It’s impossible not to laugh at their very weird bleats. Just as it’s very easy to laugh at Thor’s various funny moments, be they expressions or actions. Or at the over-the-top scenes starring the highest god of Olympus, Zeus, who can be seen bounding off his throne. A character who appears the subject of ridicule and who is played by an unrecognizable Russell Crowe. Thor: Love and Thunder is, in short, the sum of a series of elements that might seem incompatible but actually add up to a very enjoyable experience. You’ll have a good time. You’ll laugh, you’ll cower at the sight of the villain, and you’ll probably even cry in the name of love. It’s a perfectly balanced combo.

Bárbara Padilla
Bárbara Padilla. Collaborator in the Series section of La Vanguardia. News editor and presenter on RAC1. Barcelona-based journalist since 2007. An amateur movie buff since she was old enough to know right from wrong and of series since the Netflix boom.