Thunder Force is another Melissa McCarthy comedy written and directed by her husband, Ben Falcone. It features a coherent plot, lots of silly jokes and references, some fun stunts and a cheerful, open-ended finish. Not great, but a fun romp when something light is what you need. It’s streaming on Netflix.
Thunder Force brings Octavia Spencer into the Falcone/McCarthy fold and she’s a wonderful addition to the team.
The plot is that Lydia (Melissa McCarthy) and Emily (Octavia Spencer) were childhood best friends. Emily was always working hard at school because she wanted to grow up to avenge the deaths of her parents to Miscreants. Miscreants are bad guys with super powers.
Grown up Emily is so smart that she invents a way to alter genes to create superpowers. The superpowers can be used to defeat the bad guys. Emily meant to give all the powers to herself, but Lydia accidentally gets some of them. The only solution is for them to set off together to rid Chicago of the bad guys.
Working with Emily is former CIA operative Allie (Melissa Leo) and Emily’s super smart teen daughter Tracy (Taylor Mosby).
Among the bad guys are The King (Bobby Cannavale) and The Crab (Jason Bateman). The Crab has crab pincers instead of hands. And, The Crab has a crush on Lydia, a plot complication to be sure. Their enforcer is the murderous Laser (Pom Klementieff). Pom Klementieff is a French actress who doesn’t have many credits yet, but judging from her performance here, she’s set for more.
This film isn’t outright hilarious, but it is fun and clever. It includes gross gags, fantasy love sequences, and 40+ superheros. Typical fare from Falcone and McCarthy.
Take a look at the trailer.
Do you plan to catch the comedy team of Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer as they save the world – or at least Chicago? Miscreants are everywhere in Chicago. Would you watch them do in again in a part two of Thunder Force?