It’s not necessarily a surprise to hear that a superhero movie is the most streamed movie on a particular platform. These days, that’s practically the norm with the way the landscape is changing in favor of this genre. Superhero films are the clear leader in the clubhouse when it comes to getting eyeballs and interest. That being said, it is a bit of a surprise when certain films rise to the top. And that’s the case with Netflix’s Thunder Force which is sitting atop the streaming platform as the most-watched film out there.
Thunder Force is a superhero movie but without the typical look and feel of what we’ve been getting these days. Starring Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer, the flick centers on the two and how they come about obtaining and using their newly found superpowers. In the movie, the two are friends since childhood but in their adult years reconnect after Spencer’s tech company has developed technology to give people super powers. Spencer gets invisibility and McCarthy adds some super strength. Together they combine to make the titular duo Thunder Force. Check out the trailer.
It’s a comedy superhero movie through and through with both actresses clearly bringing a fish out of water vibe to their new powers. It’s obvious that these aren’t the two people you would necessarily think of when considering who should take on a superhero film which is what makes the dichotomy that much starker. Thunder Force is drawing on laughs above all else from the suits, to the cars, to how they use their powers and even the villains they take on. The whole thing is meant to be a farce.
This superhero movie just released on Netflix on Friday, April 9th and didn’t take long to climb to the top of the charts. It was the best thing on the platform for its first 24 hours. In addition to McCarthy and Spencer, others hopping in are Jason Bateman, Bobby Cannavale, and Pom Klementieff all of whom play some form of supervillain. There’s also Melissa Leo and Ben Falcone rounding out the cast. Falcone, who is married to McCarthy, also directed the film and it marks the fifth time the two have teamed up for a film. Previously they did Tammy, The Boss, Life of the Party, and Superintelligence.
For all of its great streaming numbers, it’s worth noting that Thunder Force hasn’t performed all that well with critics. The superhero movie is sitting at just 26% on Rotten Tomatoes through almost 90 reviews. The general digs on the movie centered on the silly story and overall disappointing hijinks. There might have been unmet expectations considering the two leads, but many critics were a bit bummed about the output. That being said, there’s clearly a spot for a film like this, likely something the whole family can sit down and get a laugh out of.
Though the critics might not have been fans, plenty of Netflix users were for this superhero movie. Go over and check out Thunder Force on the streaming platform now. Plenty of other viewers are doing just that.