There are film constellations that fit so well that you can at least watch almost everything because of them. Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, for example. Bud Spencer and Terrence Hill. Or Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro. And then there are combinations where you know in advance that it won't work. One such is the one from Ben Falcone and Melissa McCarthy. Again and again the director and the comedian who is married to him try to create something funny together. But whether it's Tammy - Crazy, The Boss or How to Party with Mom - the end result is always terribly unimaginative films, the greatest achievement of which is still wasting considerable acting talent.
This is also the case in Thunder Force, an exclusive Netflix production. This time the two spoilers of the superhero genre take on each other when they send two middle-aged women into battle against super villains. The fact that the characters here are female and do not correspond to the common comic ideal of beauty is best suited to express a compliment. It can be different from time to time. Otherwise, however, the film is a complete failure. Anyone who promised themselves from comedy that they might actually do away with genre clichés will be bitterly disappointed. Anyone who hoped for a laugh worth mentioning also did. For that, Falcone, who broke the script again, just couldn't think of enough.
Bad and too long jokes
Every now and then there is something that one would benevolently call humor. For example, when Jason Bateman is walking around with grotesque paper mache crab tongs, at least that's absurd enough to be remembered. In other places, the two protagonists have a hard time getting out of their chic team car - a swipe at comic and agent accessories that should look as chic and cool as possible, but are completely unsuitable for practical use. At such moments it becomes clear that Thunder Force could well have been a parody of the inflationary market for superheroes. But you didn't want to or couldn't go that far here.Related stories: The Dry (2020) / Сухой
Instead, Thunder Force is guilty of using way too many clichés itself. Especially with the interpersonal factor around the two ex-girlfriends, practically nothing happens that you don't see coming early. This creative bankruptcy is made worse by the fact that bad jokes are being dragged out unduly. If such gags have to get by without a notable punchline, it would have been nice to at least make them short instead of lingering around forever. And even at the end of the day, there is still no real all-clear. Sometimes Falcone just installs these jokes a second or third time in the hope that nobody will notice. Related stories: Shiva Baby (2020) / Крошка Шива
Lost in the cinematic misery
That McCarthy once again only plays a variation of her standard role - clumsy, cheeky, a bit vulgar - shouldn't surprise anyone anymore. What's worse is that Octavia Spencer (Ma - She sees everything, Self Made: The Life of Madam C.J. Walker) is wasted on this. It may form a kind of opposite pole and take on the clever part of the tough duo. But that doesn't mean that the stupid film would be upgraded in any noteworthy way. Rather, the character actress is a bit lost in the area, like some others in the ensemble. After all: At 107 minutes, this is significantly shorter than most of the “real” films about superheroes. In addition, thanks to Netflix, you can at least do something on the side instead of being forced to concentrate completely on the misery, as in the cinema.