The power couple is back with a movie yet again! Melissa McCarthy and husband Ben Falcon (as director) have teamed up for ‘Thunder Force.’ The movie stars Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer as two estranged best friends who reunite after one devises a serum that gives ordinary people superpowers.
Thunder Force has just been released on Netflix.
Something monumental happened in 1983, creating superpowered sociopaths, making them supervillains who then end up killing a bright student’s (Emily Stanton played by Bria Danielle) parents. She then needs a best friend bodyguard, Lydia Berman, played by Vivian Falcone, and everything is merry until they eventually fall out.
Present-day, her 25th class reunion prompts Lydia (McCarthy) to get back in touch with Emily (Spencer), a genius of science and numbers who’s developing a way to give normal folk superpowers in order to take down the Miscreants. Then things pick up, giving Lydia super strength.
Meanwhile, Emily’s been taking pills to give her the power of invisibility so she can walk around zapping crime doers
Even though Thunder Force isn’t groundbreaking in terms of story or plotline, there is kindness that saves the movie from being categorized as just another rehash of a superhero comic book movie.
McCarthy took a lot of weight on her shoulders (pun intended) with her impeccable comedic timing rescuing the flatter lines and turning the better-written ones into moments of howl-inducing laughter. Likewise, Spencer does a nuanced turn as Emily, making a character that could have been one-note into a believable human being.
The movie tries to play its essential role in beating up the bad guys as well as fatphobia, with superhero characters being portrayed by middle-aged actors rather than the stereotype Hollywood action leads. But other than that, it seems like the film doesn’t really believe that such a world can exist as anything but a gag. Given the kind of bodies that are generally highlighted in superhero films, that failure of imagination isn’t surprising. But it is a disappointment.
In the plethora of superhero comic movies (read marvel), Thunder Force may not be what you expect it to be, but it can be said that the movie is surprisingly enjoyable, sweet, and silly. And for the lack of a kinder phrase, the duo (McCarthy and Falcone) have done a better job with Thunder Force.
It’s different and better than their earlier works of offbeat unfunny comedies. The movie proves that it’s almost as if being a superhero is hard, but being funny is much harder.