A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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 & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some kisses. Characters comment on others' physique.
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Language is rare -- just a couple of uses of words like "damn," "hell," "ass," and "oh my God."
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Products & Purchases
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.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this comic book-based action movie about the Norse god Thor (played by 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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Armed with lessons about international politics and diplomacy, this 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.
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