Thor: Love and Thunder’s a scattershot fairy tale about being friends with your ex.

Once upon a time, Marvel Studios’ Thor movies were overwrought slogs

That only catered to the most diehard comic book fans — until one day,

When director Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok revitalized the franchise with colorful whimsy

And a hulking but lighter sense of humor.

While reframing Thor as the MCU’s himbo god of jocularity was a solid way of renewing interest in the character,

An overabundance of jokes and reliance on the Odinson’s comedic chops

Are some of the big reasons why Waititi’s Thor: Love and Thunder feels like an awkward step back.

Thor: Love and Thunder is a sequel that tries its best to work as a standalone movie,