'Thunder Force' Review: Should We Sink or Stream?

Should we review this superhero flick and let it sink, or are we going to stream "Thunder Force" and see what kind of comedic punches it's packing?

Jesse Conner

By Jesse Conner

Thunder Force Review: Sink or Stream?

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Thunder Force

Comedy / 2021 / PG-13

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Are you ready for a film that's silly and super? And possibly super silly? Then get ready for us to review Netflix's new release "Thunder Force." This new flick features the directorial stylings of Ben Falcone, along with stars Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer as superheroes. Convinced yet?

If you're a fan of any of McCarthy's recent projects with her husband, then this might be worth a watch. This duo is known for pushing the envelope of what's considered funny and what's considered too much. Though to be honest, I don't think they've ever stopped pushing. So, before you watch, we want to tell you if this is a stud or a dud.

Reasons to Sink

© Netflix /Courtesy Everett Collection

© Netflix /Courtesy Everett Collection

  • The lengths that this film goes to for a laugh are overblown. The results are some very cheesy jokes that are somehow too ridiculous even for a slapstick comedy.
  • There isn't much that's unique or original in this film as it feels like the same generic superhero story with a different title.
  • With such an interesting premise and a formidable cast, it's unfortunate how little the film has to say as a comedy and as a superhero movie.

Reasons to Stream

© Netflix /Courtesy Everett Collection

© Netflix /Courtesy Everett Collection

  • Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer along with the rest of the cast toe the line between absolute absurdity and epic amusement.
  • The plot is an interesting one that goes through various themes like friendship and responsibility, leaving many things for audiences to unpack.
  • This film offers a less conventional hero flick that might feel more relatable and empowering when comparing and contrasting to your own life.

Sink or Stream?

So, after our overall review of "Thunder Force," we think you should let this one sink.

We always try our best to see the glass as half full when rating these streaming films. But, with this one we can't. Director Ben Falcone spends too much obvious time trying to tickle your funny bone. In doing so, he ends up bruising it along with the film overall. There was so much potential given how the film starts and the narrative that's created, but the second half of the movie squanders it. But...if you're really bored and already have Netflix then, we guess, what's the harm? Just don't say we didn't warn you.

Stream it now (if you must) on Netflix

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Jesse Conner

Jesse Conner

Jesse is a writer and content manager for Noovie. When he's not working, he's on the beach playing volleyball.

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