Parents' Guide to

Thor

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Surprisingly complex superhero action-adventure.

Movie PG-13 2011 114 minutes
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age 10+

Based on 71 parent reviews

age 11+

Good Marvel is heavily tied into The Avengers

Thor is good. Now, that’s not saying much, many MCU movies are just good, but Thor is a different kind of good, the kind that leaves you smiling even after the credits have ended. Granted, I love anything with Loki in it, but even my family agrees that Thor is one of the better MCU movies. Now for the review: The Good: The acting is good, as of pretty much all the Marvel movies, (with the exception of Thor: Love and Thunder. Don’t watch that one. Period. Nuff said.) so it’s a fun summer movie to watch. (Also, watch this one before you watch Avengers. It’s VERY important to the plot of that specific Marvel movie.) Jane and Thor might not have the best chemistry, but I still like them as a couple, even if their romance is super cheesy. Also: Tom Hiddleston’s acting is superb. He plays a deeper, more complex character perfectly, staying believably emotional even while snarking off a wisecrack. His Loki is a delight to watch onscreen, making you laugh and think at the same time, “HOW COULD HE DO THAT TO HIS FAMILY!?” Loki, Tony Stark, and Bucky Barnes are the deepest Marvel characters you’ll find, but Loki is the wittiest. Also, Darcy steals the show. The Bad: Weeeeeell, there’s not too much. Natalie Portman could up Jane’s sass and the movie would benefit, and the CGI isn’t the best, but other than that it’s good. The Ugly: Not much, a few minor curse words. Conclusion: Thor is pretty darn good. Not to mention, Avengers won’t make a ton of sense if you don’t watch this one first. So if you’re planning on watching Avengers, make sure to watch Thor first. But nerdy fangirling aside, Thor is a fun movie to watch. Sure, it’s not the best Marvel, but if you’re benging on MCU movies be sure to give this one a whirl!
age 11+

Great movie

Amazing movie. Good for teens and tweens.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (71 ):
Kids say (203 ):

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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