Ben Falcone needs to stop directing. Period. Thunder Force is a cute parody of the superhero genre. However, it’s riddled with terrible dialogue, enough cheesiness to clog an artery, and poor world building. Emily Stanton (Octavia Spencer) was not relatable whatsoever. She was setup to be a wealthy genius inventor, but had poor security, and only three employees. While Lydia Berman (Melissa McCarthy) played the same self-deprecating blundering fool.
The pandering in this film was over the top. Every few minutes the viewer is reminded of how intelligent, strong, and cool the female characters are. It would have been nice to see that on-screen through the storytelling. The focus was on socially awkward people with little to no depth. I don’t know if I was supposed to cheer or feel sorry for them. This is the type of project that makes Netflix lose credibility.
Too much time was spent on training sequences than progressing the plot. Also, it’s 2021, the fat jokes aren’t funny anymore. I thought this film had potential to be something in the vein of Deadpool. Instead, I saw two mature women acting like stooges while getting beat up for no reason. Thunder Force ended up being a silent whimper. I give it a 4.5 out of 10.