OK for kids 13+
Surprisingly complex superhero action-adventure.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this comic book-based action movie about the Norse god Thor (played by up-and-comer 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.
- Families can talk about how this movie compares to other comic book-based adventures. Are these kind of movies only popular because they offer an escape, or is there more to them? What messages do they send?
- Does the film make Norse mythology applicable to today's society? How?
- How does the fact that much of the movie's violence is based in fantasyaffect its impact?
The good stuff
Messages: 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.
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.
What to watch for
Violence: 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.
Sex: Some kisses. Characters comment on others' physique.
Language: Language is rare -- just a couple of uses of words like "damn," "hell," "ass," and "oh my God."
Consumerism: 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 and smoking: Some hearty ale-drinking at Norse revelries. Two men guzzle beer at a bar.
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Go Marvel! by JonathanBlaisdell
Had my doubts but Thor turned out great! It's amazing how many great movies Marvel has made. If you havent seen you can watch at flickgátewày .com
Great Summer Movie to Watch! by pictouch
Thor was, by far, an entrance for the SUMMER BLOCKBUSTERS! The movie had a plot, which I liked a lot. The action scenes are very good, and there are plenty... The character development swayed from one character to another, which kinda left an eerie feeling. The acting was better than I expected it to be. Unfortunately, they made the plot too short for the love scenes to make an "awwing" effect, so sometimes it felt like it was to extravagant. The lines that Thor said were cheesy at some points; just when the movie was hitting the climax. To me, there should be another Thor sequel, but don't worry, there will absolutely will be one in The Avengers. Totally a must watch for the family!
Thor is half a bore by kraduate
Thor is mediocre. It had enough action to keep me interested but overall it was flat and uninspired. Comic book, superhero, mythology type movies need to rely more on script and less on visual. Thor is lacking the passion I felt like I should feel.
Entertaining, but not the best Avenger by JustLuvMovies
I had to see this movie since Thor is one of the Avengers. Out of all the Avengers movies Thor is my least favorie, but nonetheless very entertaining. Thor is more of the "supernatural" (gods) or alien race (i.e. SuperMan) based hero vs Technology based (i.e. Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America)...so Thor was just less "believable". Anyway, I'm nitpicking.
Enjoy the movie and go see it (or rent it at this point).
Loved it! by holtge
This movie blew me away! I felt like I was watching a Shakespearian tragedy but mixed with all of the action sequeneces of a summer blockbuster! Loved it! Marvel Studios is three for three!
Whoa by dgmdpa
Critics say so-so, dont listen to them they need a break This is totally mind blowing and you will totally get obsessed with it!!!!!!!!! Three remarks: Sound and view was radical, LOKI IS AWESOME, I WISH I SAW THIS IN IMAX! This movie is for tweens or anyone who loves superheroes
what by jess crush
this has to be the worst mistake i ever made seeing this movie it was just so bad and boring i literaly fell a sleep in my seat and did not wake up until the movie was over so sad that i spent money to see this movie and will be more careful next time well i guess you live and learn dont you lol
The Mighty Thor brings about a mighty movie!!!! by seanc2k
This movie was cool. Cool story, action, and the actor playing the Thor fit pretty well to the comic book legend in terms of looks, and acting. Actor Chris Hemsworth played his part well, and obviously worked out to bring to life the Mighty Thor as he looks totally different than playing Captain Kirk's father in the sci-fi hit reboot Star Trek. This is an overall awesome movie to watch, and if you didn't see it at the movies, watch it on DVD, it is worth it.
Surprised! by chi4bat
When I saw that this film was directed by Kenneth Brannaugh I thought, "what would he know about Marvel Comics?" Apparently, he knows a lot. Until Thor became...Thor again in the film, I thought the movie was smart, funny, and excellently written. Towards the climax I felt like the story was a little rushed...at the same time it was good enough for the audience to know that more will be coming in a following film.
This film has great comedic timing! The action is fantastic. I think some of the so-so press reviews could be deterring potential fans, which is a shame. I encourage all to watch this film! I
Thor: The God of Thunder by Fandangggggg CRITIC
This movie was fantasic. The casting choices were right. Great concepts of the characters. It had good enviromental areas (such as the planet) and it had a good setting. The villian/s were very good, great dialouge. Overall I would go see the movie whenever.