Thor

  • Review Date: April 30, 2011
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 2011

Common Sense Media says

Surprisingly complex superhero action-adventure.
  • Review Date: April 30, 2011
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 2011

Age(i)

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The movie's subtext seems to be that "an eye for an eye" only ends up with everyone blind. The film also conveys the message that just governance requires wisdom and humility.

Positive role models

A king wants to raise a son who's not only strong and courageous but also thoughtful and wise. A brother rates family loyalty very highly, though another struggles with it. And a smart scientist won't compromise her research.

Violence

Plenty of action-packed battle sequences that have characters hitting, slamming, spearing, stabbing, lancing, and blowing up enemies. Much of it is done with special effects, so they're not exactly gory. Still, they're intense. Lots of screaming; a character charges into a top-secret location, tossing and punching those who stand in his way. Guns are drawn.

Sex

Some kisses. Characters comment on others' physique.

Language

Language is rare -- just a couple of uses of words like "damn," "hell," "ass," and "oh my God."

Consumerism

Tie-in to vast quantities of related merchandise. Some strategically placed cereal boxes and a mention of a character in another comic book hero movie, Iron Man.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some hearty ale-drinking at Norse revelries. Two men guzzle beer at a bar.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this comic book-based action movie about the Norse god Thor (played by up-and-comer Chris Hemsworth), who's banished to Earth to master his temper and discover his humility, has some fairly intense action/battle scenes. But although characters hit, spear, stab, and blow up their enemies, and weapons are used, the violence isn't particularly bloody or gory. There also isn't much swearing -- "hell" is about as forceful as it gets -- or sex (just kisses/flirting), and drinking is limited to some beer consumption. And underlying all of the mayhem, there's even a positive message about finding and learning from your weakness.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

After his son Thor (Chris Hemsworth) storms Yodenheim -- the realm that the Norse gods' native Asgard has been in an uncertain peace with for eons -- because of an unexpected attack from the Frost Giants, Odin (Anthony Hopkins) banishes him and his hammer to Earth. There, Thor literally runs into an astrophysicist (Natalie Portman) who impresses him; he also learns humility and grace. Meanwhile, Thor's brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) has risen to power as Odin lies in a restless sleep. The Frost Giants are out for revenge, and everywhere, including Earth, is in peril.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Armed with lessons about international politics and diplomacy, THOR is an entertaining, surprisingly astute film defined by top-shelf special effects and a compelling, if crowded, storyline. The initial political fracas that leads to Thor's banishment is United Nations-worthy. (Who says fantasy movies can't be cerebral?) Nearly every character is somewhat layered, especially Loki, who's played to chilling effect by Hiddleston.

Still, it's disappointing that Jane is -- par for the course for most comic book-movie love interests -- rather flimsily drawn. No matter how sensible and smart she is, she crumbles at the sight of an impressive six-pack. (Okay, 8-pack.) It's an annoyance, but not a spoiler. Thor is fun to watch, period.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how this movie compares to other comic book-based adventures. Are these kind of movies only popular because they offer an escape, or is there more to them? What messages do they send?

  • Does the film make Norse mythology applicable to today's society? How?

  • How does the fact that much of the movie's violence is based in fantasyaffect its impact?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:May 6, 2011
DVD release date:September 12, 2011
Cast:Anthony Hopkins, Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman
Director:Kenneth Branagh
Studio:Paramount Pictures
Genre:Action/Adventure
Topics:Superheroes
Run time:114 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence

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Adult Written byinthebestinterests April 22, 2011
AGE
8
QUALITY
 

Perfect for double digits children and adults.

Action packed film with plenty of special effects. Some scenes would be frightening for young children (huge monster, evil looking ice people, firey robot) and there is much violence (battle scenes and pedestrian/car collision). A great film, but for those seasoned in action film.

What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Adult Written bybabatopenot May 9, 2011
AGE
16
QUALITY
 

Sexual content missed by reviewers

Alright, there is just one thing I want to let people about this movie. In one scene where Thor is speaking with another guy at a counter in a bar, there is a suggestively posed colored nude female torso on the wall in the background behind them. The camera is focused on the speakers so it is blurred enough that a lot of people probably won’t even notice what it is, but it is also clear enough that I noticed it the first time I saw the movie and it made me uncomfortable. All the movie review sites I have been to seem to have missed it but I think it definitely deserves a mention. I know that in a lot of PG-13 movies this would probably seem like nothing, but Thor is a pretty clean movie otherwise and will probably attract a more conservative crowd who very possibly would be bothered by this.

What other families should know
Too much sex
Parent of a 8 year old Written bySeekingTruth May 9, 2011
AGE
13
QUALITY
 

Shame on Paramount Pictures and the Director

Since when is inappropriate language acceptable at 13+? My son loves Thor and have been waiting months for it to come to theaters. Why is it necessary to have language of that sort in a movie for children? My son is not exposed to it in the home and its irresponsible for me as a parent to allow it to be in his hearing. Not a sermon, just a thought.

What other families should know
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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