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Legends of Valhalla: Thor

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Playful take on mythology has some iffy humor, violence.

Movie PG 2013 79 minutes
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Those expecting an accurate contemporary rendering of the classic mythological tale of Thor are advised to not watch LEGENDS OF VALHALLA: THOR. This computer-animated feature is a more playful take on Thor's story, for better or worse. The violence of battle here is turned into cartoonish, almost slapstick violence, as "wacky" characters walk around with spears in their chests, battleaxes in their foreheads, and decapitated talking heads in their hands. The mood is lightened with "jokes" involving flatulence and vomiting.

Still, despite the liberties taken in the story, and the obvious attempts to align itself with the release of the action movie Thor at the exact same time, this isn't a bad movie, per se. The animation, while not of Pixar quality, is above average, and the character voicings aren't as annoying and obnoxious as other computer-animated movies out there. With the right expectations and attitude, older kids will enjoy this somewhat quirky take on the hero's journey.

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