Thundering Through 10 More Movies
Thunder Force is the latest Netflix comedy that combines elements of spoof superhero flicks with the trademark comedy of Melissa McCarthy and co.
If you’ve finished watching this flick and are looking for alternatives – fret not! We’ve combed through the archives and saved you the hassle with our top picks for alternate viewing.
So without further ado, we present 10 movies to check out when you’ve finished watching Thunder Force.
If you were 14 years old and given superpowers, what would you do? It’s something every kid has thought about and Shazam brings this to life in the best possible way.
From drinking beer and visiting strip clubs through to hustling money in the streets, the concept is consistently harvested for comedy and for the most part, works beautifully throughout the picture.
This superhero film never takes itself too seriously either, with an equal amount of action, drama and comedy.
The Incredibles is a great superhero movie and one of Pixar’s best efforts. The set-up is simple, but its family format and equal amounts of action and comedy make it an enthralling watch from start to finish.
The story itself sets up a world where superheroes have been outlawed after an unfortunate incident involving some innocent bystanders. At the center of this is Bob Parr, a man clinging to his past glory as Mr Incredible and unable to move on with his life.
With his wife Helen (Elastigirl), the pair settle down to live a normal life, complete with three kids and jobs. Only, that life is threatened when a megalomaniac supervillain arrives and promises to destroy the world.
Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery
Yeah baby, yeah! As far as spoof movies go, all three of the Austin Powers movies are great entertainment. However, the first movie is undoubtedly one of the more original offerings.
This cult classic revolves around a world-class playboy and part-time secret agent called Austin Powers. After being frozen in a cryogenic state, he re-emerges after 30 years to do battle with his nemesis Dr. Evil once more.
Well written, entertaining and timelessly funny, this is a great spoof movie.
The Heat is very similar to Thunder Force. In fact, almost the entire movie borrows plot beats that are inherent in this flick.
The story is your typical “opposites attract” arc with an uptight FBI Special Agent called Ashburn forced to team up with a foul-mouthed Boston Cop called Mullins. With Sandra Bullock playing it straight, McCarthy bounces off her nicely as Mullins, with the pair forced to team up in order to take down a ruthless drug lord.
It’s good fun and with some decent jokes peppered in along the way, The Heat is definitely worth a watch.
When it comes to unique superhero offerings, Kick Ass definitely fits the bill; it’s action-packed, beautifully written and armed with a sharp wit.
The main protagonist here is Dave Lizewski, who’s a relatively unnoticed high school student and comic book fan. With few friends, Dave lives alone with his Father. Without any superhero powers or training, Dave decides to fight back.
Although there is some teen angst involved, Kick Ass really excels with its violence and grounded story.
Sky High (2005)
Sky High is set in an age where superheroes are commonly known and accepted. At the heart of this tale is young William Stronghold who tries to find a balance between being a normal teen and an extraordinary being.
Armed with some nice ideas, the movie leans into its formulaic and predictable story quite heavily. There’s nothing particularly challenging or unique here, but the movie does have a good mix of action and drama.
Spy is one of the more recent Melissa McCarthy comedies before Ghostbusters and it’s a relatively restrained comedy effort by comparison.
The main character here is bumbling Susan Cooper, who’s a deskbound CIA analyst. However, she’s soon called into action when her partner falls off the grid.
Packed full of slapstick comedy, Susan finds herself stumbling and bumbling her way through an undercover role as she infiltrates the world of a deadly arms dealer, intent on stopping a global crisis.
Super Lopez is another superhero spoof flick, this time with a distinct Spanish flavour.
Our main protagonist here is Juan López, an ordinary and anonymous office worker who decides to become the first Spanish superhero – Superlópez.
This parody of Superman works pretty well, with some good jokes along the way and a dollop of action for good measure too.
Okay so Deadpool isn’t exactly like Thunder Force but when it comes to the comedy, basic plot line and poking holes at superhero culture – this film does bear some similarities.
For those unaware, Deadpool revolves around a wisecracking mercenary named Wade who’s experimented on to become immortal. The only downside is he winds up incredibly ugly and disfigured in the process. On the back of this, Wade sets out to track down the man responsible for ruining his looks.
Chock full of fourth wall breaks and some really clever gags, Deadpool is a wonderful superhero movie and a must-watch for sure.
The Naked Gun
Alongside Airplane, The Naked Gun is arguably one of Leslie Nielsen’s finest spoof movies. Packed full of some absolutely hilarious gags, this late 80’s flick is every bit as funny now as it was back then.
Our main character this time around is incompetent Lieutenant Frank Drebin. Queen Elizabeth II is coming to town and Vincent Ludwig has plans to assassinate her using a brainwashed baseball player. Will he succeed? Or can Frank save the day?
This movie is absolutely bonkers and if you’re in the mood for a rip-roaring comedy, this one should definitely be on your list.
So there we have it, our 10 Movie picks to keep you busy after watching Thunder Force.
What do you think of our picks? Do you agree? Are there any notable omissions? Let us know in the comments below!