Despite the stars, Thunder Force is a waste of time
How do you make the terrible movie “Thunder Force” something really watchable? I hope audiences really, really like Melissa McCarthy’s styles of comedy.
Luckily for this movie review, I’m doing it, so Netflix’s new superhero comedy “Thunder Force” wasn’t as gruesome as it could have been. But holy cow, “Thunder Force” is pretty awful. It’s as if the screenwriter watched a few superhero comedies from the 1990s and nothing else for the next 25 years before writing a first draft and filming it.
Considering how popular superhero movies are these days, a good parody would be welcome. “Thunder Force” is a far cry from anything that has this level of insight.
The city of Chicago is overrun by sociopathic super-villains called Miscreants, and there are no superheroes to stop them. Resident genius Emily invents a way to give herself superpowers in order to defend herself, but her boorish best friend Lydia falls into the process and steals some of the powers. Emily and Lydia must therefore team up as the city’s first and only superhero to stop an evil mayoral candidate Miscreant.
A person’s sense of humor is completely subjective and chances are in the world that you will find “Thunder Force” to be a funny movie. If you like Melissa McCarthy, her big-mouth, motor-mouthed humor style is full screen and carries the whole movie. The jokes are pretty straightforward and everything in the movie is pretty straightforward.
The problem is, everything in this movie is straightforward, especially the writing and the dialogue. Rather than actually examining the superhero movie genre and doing good comedy, “Thunder Force” pulls its understanding of superheroes and comedy from the back of a box of Cracker Jack.
A good movie could exist as part of “Thunder Force”. McCarthy stars alongside Octavia Spencer, and the idea of having two plus-size middle-aged women as the world’s first and only superhero sounds really interesting. There is no reason why only young and beautiful people should obtain powers.
But “Thunder Force” doesn’t do anything clever or interesting with its premise. It only goes for the most blunt and boring jokes, it only manages to be as basic and uninteresting as it gets. “Thunder Force” is not worth your time.