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Thunder Force (12, 107 minutes)
Melissa McCarthy’s likeability factor goes a long way. For every film of Spy or The Heat quality she has appeared in there are twice as many in The Boss, and Superintelligence category.
Even with a cast that includes Octavia Spencer and Jason Bateman, Thunder Force is most definitely one of the latter group yet once again, because it’s Melissa, it’s not only tolerable, but even reasonably entertaining for home Netflix viewing.
But post lockdown adequate isn’t going to be nearly enough.
In a world where super villains are commonplace thanks to an alien genetic mutation that only affects sociopaths, two former school friends buck the trend when one of them develops a treatment to create the world’s only super heroes in a bid to put things right.
Written and directed by McCarthy’s husband, Ben Falcone, this farcical tale sees the now middle aged women taking on the villainous King (Bobby Cannavale) and his chief assassin Laser (played by Guardians of the Galaxy’s Pom Klementieff) with just enough absurdity to bring a smile to the face.
But there’s a definite shortage of laugh out loud moments and I can’t help but think a co-writer could probably have improved on that.
Thunder Force certainly has a degree of charm about it, but I’ve said before that one day just being Melissa is not going to be enough.
That day hasn’t quite arrived yet.