Thunder Force Review

Thunder Force Netflix cover image Melissa McCarthy Octavia Spencer

Thunder Force is a 2021 superhero comedy film starring Melissa McCarthy, Octavia Spencer, Jason Bateman, Bobby Cannavale and Pom Klementieff. The film was released on April 9th and is a Netflix Original film.

Thunder Force follows two childhood friends who reunite to form an unlikely crime-fighting superhero duo, who set out to save Chicago from the evil super-powered Miscreants wreaking havoc across the city. The premise of the film isn’t really anything we haven’t already seen before, but I went into the film optimistic given the impressive cast and the chance to watch a superhero movie made by someone other than Marvel and DC. Sadly however, Thunder Force ends up a total disaster! 

Thunder Force is ultimately a comedy movie with the superhero element thrown in to drive the narrative. The superhero side of the movie is played pretty safe and like I said earlier, doesn’t really offer anything new. The films’ main focus is on its laughs and gags, but Thunder Force is so caught up in attempting to be a comedy that the superhero narrative considerably suffers. Each scene is packed full of terrible gags and ultimately ends up becoming an unsuccessful case of quantity over quality. The film opts for a silly, nonsensical approach (which is often childish at times), rather than utilising well timed jokes, making me question who the intended audience is. 

Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer star as the lead unlikely superheroes. The pair do little wrong in all honesty, however the awful poorly written script does them no favours. Octavia Spencer’s character is severely under-utilised with Melissa McCarthy’s character being the brunt of the majority of jokes. There’s no denying the pair are brilliant actors and Melissa McCarthy’s persona is naturally humorous, but in Thunder Force, the pair are victims of painful jokes and terrible screen-writing.

I was looking forward to watching Thunder Force given the lead characters as well as the impressive supporting cast which included the likes of Jason Bateman, Bobby Cannavale and Pom Klementieff, but like the two leads, the supporting cast are equally as let down by poor gags and lazy writing. All three of the main supporting characters serve as the supervillain ‘miscreants’, however none of them are in the least bit distinctive, with maybe the exception of Jason Bateman’s character, ‘The Crab’. A half-human-half-crab supervillain, Jason Bateman’s character is the most unique and his on-screen relationship with Melissa McCarthy’s character provide for some of the best moments in the movie. It’s a shame this relationship between the characters isn’t expanded on, as I found that these scenes were the only ones which managed to keep my attention!

It’s disappointing to see such a stellar cast of actors in such a stale and shoddy film, but like I said, I don’t think this is their fault, I just think they have been hugely let down by a story which is not exciting and jokes which are simply not funny.

The Verdict

Despite its impressive cast, Thunder Force is plagued by a strange and stale story, awful gags and lacks the thing most important to all superheroes; identity.

Rating: 3.5 out of 10.

3.5/10

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