Thor: Tales of Asgard
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Thor: Tales of Asgard is an animated feature from 2011 in which a young Thor goes on his first adventures and must learn to balance his desire to prove himself with his youthful inexperience. There is frequent fantasy-style violence in the form of sword fighting, bow-and-arrow use, as well as axes and fire. There's also some sexual innuendo: The leader of a tribe of all-female warriors tells a new recruit that "men are good for only one thing." This tribe also is shown shooting arrows at dummies made to look like men; one of these dummies gets hit in the crotch region with an arrow. There's some drinking, as "The Warriors Three" are constantly shown hoisting steins and guzzling ale. All these factors make this best for older tweens and up.
What's the story?
Young Thor (Matthew Wolf) is not allowed to go on adventures outside the village. He continually loses in sword fights and must constantly endure the bragging of The Warriors Three, who tell tall tales of their exploits to admiring women. All this changes when Thor and his brother Loki sneak onto The Warriors Three's boat in the hopes of proving their worth to their father Odin. Instead, they discover that The Warriors Three only take their boat to a tavern, but, when Thor insists on going on a quest, he gets much more than he ever bargained for, incurring the wrath of Odin's enemies and risking the destruction of his kingdom.
Is it any good?
THOR: TALES OF ASGARD is a decent-enough fantasy and coming-of-age story. There isn't much new in the over-the-top fantasy dialogue and the battle scenes. And yet, even with the cliches in the dialogue and action, the movie does carry a universal message about the desires of teens to grow up and prove themselves, even as their parents aren't ready to take that chance, even among gods.
This movie does flirt with some risque innuendo, as well as excessive drinking on the part of some of the characters -- none of which really adds much to the overall story. Such action makes this movie best for older tweens and teens, especially those interested in fantasy and Marvel comics.
Families can talk about...
How is this movie similar to and different from other movies involving Thor and other mythological gods?
How is this movie similar to and different from other fantasy movies?
How was the violence of fantasy battle conveyed in the film?