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THUNDER FORCE - Review
Release Date: April 9, 2021
Director: Ben Falcone
Stars: Melissa McCarthy, Octavia Spencer, Jason Bateman, Bobby Cannavale
Plot: Two middle-aged women become superheroes in order to stop the supervillains from taking over their city
Clint Says: It's worth streaming once
I'm not sure that most of the world knew that we needed a couple of middle-aged superheroes in our lives, but Netflix did, and now we have Thunder Force.
Melissa McCarthy has made some interesting role choices over the last several years, and to her credit, she has done a great job in almost all of those films. This one is no exception. Yes, she plays the character you would expect her to play, but she does it in convincing and fun fashion.
Octavia Spencer does a great job as the buttoned-up, too-serious, the-real-brains-behind-the-duo sidekick. She gives McCarthy the space and time to do her thing and make the movie funny.
My only issue with this movie is that it tried to be too much and it fell short everywhere. It wants to be a comedy, but it also wants to be a superhero flick. And rather than choosing one or the other, it tries to do both, which means it isn't nearly as funny as one would hope, and it isn't nearly as suspenseful or exciting as you would want a superhero movie to be.
It would have been a much more entertaining movie if they had decided to ham it up more with the villains and the superheroes. It would have been a much more suspenseful film had they left some of the slapstick on the editing room floor. (It's 2021, we should update this to "left it in the desktop recycle bin).
This isn't a bad film. It has its moments of fun, funny, and excitement, but it isn't one that you are going to want to watch over and over again. Give it a shot, you might be surprised by how much you like it. Then again, maybe you won't. In which case you can just go back to browsing through all of the thousands of movies you haven't seen yet, but surprisingly none of them look good at the moment.