Thunder Force

Thunder Force
Running time:105 minutes
Director:Ben Falcone
Release date:09 april 2021

Mulder's Review

We can easily understand the desire of Netflix to come to propose in turn superhero movies as the global success of Marvel Studios shows that it is not only possible to stage films benefiting from excellent scripts, seasoned director, spectacular special effects and especially a prodigious cast. However, it's been since July 2019 that Marvel Studios with Columbia Pictures proposed their latest film Spider-Man: Far From Home by Jon Watts with Tom Holland and Zendaya. The audience fan of these blockbusters is therefore waiting with feverish impatience for their superhero dose. Black Widow is finally announced for a worldwide release next July. Before we can finally see the Netflix series adaptation of Jupiter's Legacy on May 7, Thunder Force should appeal to a wide audience. It harmoniously mixes the superhero movie and the comedy and especially offers an effective duo composed of the two actresses Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer.

In a world where super-villains are commonplace, two childhood friends who have grown apart due to a different outlook on life's priorities, Lydia (Melissa McCarthy) and Emily (Octavia Spencer) reunite after Emily develops a cure that gives them the power to protect their town. Although the two friends have very different personalities - Lydia is a free spirit who jumps in without looking and Emily is a meticulous and gifted scientist. Yet, with the help of Emily's daughter Tracy (Taylor Mosby), they are ready to fight the bad guys including The Crab (Jason Bateman), Laser (Pom Klementieff), and their leader The King (Bobby Cannavale). Thunder Force will certainly not revolutionize the superhero movie, but it brings enough freshness to this much-loved universe to be well worth discovering.

From the very first scene explaining the reason for the emergence of mutants in society and how some misuse their powers to create disorder, kill with impunity and get rich, it's time for a new team of superheroes to be born and to launch a merciless confrontation against all these vermin of killers. Thunder Force, far from wanting to turn into a violent film with spectacular scenes, prefers to rely on the psychology of the characters, their friendship and their difference in order to build a solid enough foundation to propose a sequel if the success of the film on Netflix is there. From this point of view, the film moves away from the Marvel studios' formula and prefers not to show a multitude of mutants sowing waves of death on their way. The result is a half-tone film that lacks rhythm and spectacular scenes despite the presence of two good actresses perfect in their roles.

However, Thunder Force does not disappoint, especially by the way it gives a real background to its two main characters and by explaining why Emily gave all her life to the research of a new serum allowing her to fight against her mutants, each one having a different power. Similarly, the large amount of training given to Lydia and Emily allows Thunder Force to create an attractive and humorous setting. For his fourth film after Tammy (2014), The Boss (2016) and Life of the Party (2018), the director once again finds his better half Melissa McCarthy and offers her a tailor-made role in which this American comedian has a blast.

Thunder Force
Directed by Ben Falcone
Produced by Ben Falcone, Melissa McCarthy, Marc Platt
Written by Ben Falcone
Starring Melissa McCarthy, Octavia Spencer, Jason Bateman, Bobby Cannavale, Pom Klementieff, Kevin Dunn, Melissa Leo
Music by Fil Eisler
Cinematography : Barry Peterson
Edited by Tia Nolan
Production companies : On the Day Productions, Marc Platt Productions
Distributed by Netflix
Release date : April 9, 2021
Running time : 105 minutes

Viewed on April 06, 2021 (Netflix press screener)

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