Netflix’s Thunder Force contains a star-studded cast but even this group of talented actors can’t save this one. Check out all the details in my parents guide movie review.
Thunder Force, which stars Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer, drops on the streaming service today, April 9th! Directed by McCarthy’s husband, Ben Falcone, this is not the first time the husband/wife duo has teamed up, with the most recent being Superintelligence which went straight to streaming. Will this superhero flick prove to be a winner? Check out all the details in my parents guide movie review.
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Thunder Force Parents Guide
Lydia (Melissa McCarthy) and Emily (Octavia Spencer) were best friends in grade school but after a little spat, the two had become estranged. Now as adults, they have reunited after Lydia accidently began a procedure to gain super powers to fight the Miscreants. The Miscreants are a group of supervillains who were created when an interstellar cosmic-ray hit the Earth and triggered a genetic mutation in all humans that were genetically predisposed to becoming sociopaths. After Emily gains superpowers of her own, the two team up to fight the Miscreants.
Thunder Force Age Appropriate Parents Guide
Lets take a look at what parents need to know before allowing their kids to watch Thunder Force.
Language: The movie contains some strong language with profanity used throughout including words: sh*t, a**h*le, b*tch, crap, suck, boobs and the F-word being mouthed.
Violence: Hand to hand combat and shootings are in this movie. There is murder, violence and good vs evil scenarios.
Mature Content: There is one scene where sex was implied but nothing other than heavy making out was shown. The movie contains some bullying and calling of names like “nerd” which may be triggering for some.
Netflix’s Thunder Force had the makings of a good film, with a star-studded cast including Octavia Spencer, Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman but even this group of talent couldn’t save this film. The biggest question in my mind is, how did these top-notch actors get roped into making Thunder Force? Perhaps that answer is Ben Falcone, who is married to McCarthy and also wrote, produced and directed the film. It seems Falcone spent far too much time trying to build up a true superhero script, with an extensive back story and a detailed superpower world, he let the funny ball drop through the cracks.
To be honest, Thunder Force was a bit painful to sit through and this is coming from someone who loves her superhero flicks as well as comedies. The jokes were not funny and as much as McCarthy tries to save this mess with bad Urkel impressions, “Did I do that?” and ridiculous dance scenes, it just served to make the film even more campy. I did enjoy Jason Bateman’s cameo as The Crab even though many of the jokes relating to his character fell flat and his chemistry with McCarthy was as artificial as her superpowers.
It seems Thunder Force may be more suited for a younger crowd with it’s juvenile comedy and predictably absurd plot, however many of the films references, like McCarthy’s impression of Jodie Foster’s Nell, will not land with the young adult audience. So the question arises, who exactly was Thunder Force made for? If you ask me, the answer is no one.