2021 / 105m - USA
Comedy, Fantasy
Thunder Force poster


April 09, 2021


Ben Falcone and Melissa McCarthy team up again for their fifth film together. That means they must be doing something right, though I have to say I haven't quite figured out what that is. Thunder Force is another weak comedy that fails both the funny bits and its other genre elements.

The film tries to be a funny take on the superhero genre without resorting to outright parody. But as superhero film it's so tepid it makes Marvel look like higher art. And McCarthy's dispirited performance made me wonder whether it was part of her character or if she had simply given up on this film halfway through.

Olivia Spencer, Jason Bateman and the rest of the cast are pretty anonymous. The comedy is very basic and predictable, the action is subpar and the film is at least 15 minutes too long. It looked pretty expensive though, which only makes thing worse. Not worth it, unless you're desperate for some US comedy.