Parents' Guide to

Vic the Viking and the Magic Sword

By Tom Cassidy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Animated Norse adventure has cartoon violence, stereotypes.

Movie NR 2020 77 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 4+

Based on 1 parent review

age 4+

5 stars!

My son really enjoyed this film. There was lots of fighting, but it was not scary.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1):
Kids say: Not yet rated

This handsomely animated Viking adventure is a fun movie for young kids with gentle humor, a charming squirrel character to add some cuteness, and an easy introduction to the idea of plot twists. Vic the Viking and the Magic Sword also has some serious scale to some of its scenes. Particularly one which sees the Viking crew negotiating three giant waves on their way to find Asgard. On the surface, it's got a good heart. It delivers a well-meaning message of a father coming to love and respect his son who isn't what he expected -- the burly dad Halvar thinks Vic is just too small to be a decent Viking. So when Vic wows him by saving the day a few times with his quick wits, Halvar comes around to accepting his son.

While potentially heartwarming, scratching below the surface it suggests that if Vic wasn't a heroic genius, he'd still be unworthy or at least unnoticed. Paired with the fact that the three female characters are in the background and resemble negative stereotypes, a lack of consideration for its messaging and representation starts to come through. That said, there's nothing overtly negative, it's just not as thoughtful as it first appears. But for a fun adventure with a touch of magical mythology, Vic the Viking and the Magic Sword is a fun trip on the Nordic Seas.

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