Should your kids see the newest Thor movie? Check out this Thor: Ragnarok Review | Safe for Kids? honest parent guide and full review breakdown of the new Marvel sequel film. No spoilers! #ThorRagnarok
Thor: Ragnarok Review | Safe for Kids? #ThorRagnarok
It’s already being praised as one of the highest rated Marvel movies of all time. But does Thor: Ragnarok, the third installment of the God of Thunder really outshine the other super hero films?
Let’s find out in this spoiler-free parent review of the film. What about that PG-13 rating? How does this sequel compare to the first two? Was changing directors really a good decision for the Marvel universe? In this Thor: Ragnarok Review, we will discuss the visuals, the story (no spoilers!), a full PG-13 breakdown explanation for parents and if this Marvel movie is safe for kids to see.
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As always, Marvel brings up the level of color contrast, really cool looking heroes, villains and special effects. We got to see Thor: Ragnarok in 3D, which I think was a good decision for the introduction of the new villain, Hela. Lots of flying swords, lightning and the beautiful setting of Asgard make for a really intriguing 3D film. Overall Marvel fans will appreciate the 3D visuals best, especially for the villain side of things.
Introducing Director Waititi brings a new side to the Thor story – while certainly still clinging to some roots of the original, I find that this director seems to glaze over the bad and focus on the funny instead. No agonizing moment is lingered on for long as Thor now seems to have a better grip on his temperament. This I think will either excite or confuse Thor fans. Character conflict continues to run throughout the story of loss, incoming super villain (can I look as good as Cate Blanchett when I get older?), climatic epic battle scene and ending with the assembly of a Thor super hero “team.”
Those that perhaps haven’t seen all of the Thor movies (or even any) will jump into this movie just fine. But those that have been following the saga closely may find this story not as deep or believable as first two. Though, let’s face it. It’s a sequel. I think the bigger focus is on the humor of the movie versus the story – as Thor seems to find his comedian side of his godliness in this film.
Be prepared for lots of hilarious one liners and dialogue with Hulk, Valkyrie and Loki (always amusing). But I have to admit, I really miss Thor’s awkward inferred humor (back when he was just a god with no clue of earthly sarcasm). I found myself really missing his piece of him, but that was totally forgiven with the drawn out shirtless scene.
How Hulk came to be on the same realm as Thor – that part of the story is slightly shady. Valkyrie and The Grand Master added some flavor – but not my favorites of the film. Korg (big rock guy), Executioner (played by Karl Urban) and Heimdall (Idris Elba) were definitely better supporting roles. Not one but two end credit scenes also appear in this film. So be sure to stay glued to your seat for those (especially numero uno).
That PG-13 Rating Explained | Kids Age Rating?
But I digress. Let’s dive into the kid-friendly portion of the review. Is Thor: Ragnarok safe for kids? Why is Thor: Ragnarok rated PG-13? This Marvel Thor: Ragnarok movie is rated PG-13 for “intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and brief suggestive material.” Is Thor: Ragnarok ok for children? Let’s break it down:
Language. As far as language goes – it’s about moderate. I counted at least 4-5 good swear words (thankfully nothing too harsh like the F-word), but mostly coming from Thor, the main hero.
Adult Themes. There are definitely some sexual innuendos that come into play about Thor’s hammer that may or may not raise some questions with your kids. There’s also multiple references to the word “anus” that may bring an awkward family discussion to the dinner table. Be warned.
Violence/Suspense. If you’re looking at Thor: Ragnarok from purely the violence standpoint – most of the film is pretty accurate with the Marvel action intensity. Sci-fi violence without being completely gory is throughout most of the film. The climatic battle brings the intensity up a level when Hela battles Thor (it’s “eye” raising to say the least), Hulk and a giant creature and a scene with the Executioner that may be a little intense for younger kids.
What Thor: Ragnarok Age Rating Is Recommended for Kids?
Is Thor: Ragnarok kid friendly? But as far as taking my 8-year old to see this film – his super hero days may have to wait. From a mom standpoint – I think my 8-year old could handle the Marvel violence, but I certainly don’t think he’s ready for the language and innuendo side. The long dialogue scenes may also be a bit boring. But as far as sarcasm, humor, fun music and action-packed, this is one of the better, more exciting for kids Marvel films.
I recommend early teen age, about 11-13 years old, and/or hardcore Marvel kids to be about the age range of recommendation. Sorry, son. You’re going to have to wait a few years.
When I was asked to give my 2 cents as I left the theater last night, I told the reporter 1 word: “spoof-y.” And to be honest, I think that about sums up how I feel about the movie. It wasn’t as intense as the first movie or as dark as Thor: The Dark World. But I do feel like Thor had a bit of an identity crisis in this movie. Has the God of Thunder been so under the influence by Earth that he picked up all of the sarcasm and humor of mortals? Maybe.
But overall, I would say that Thor: Ragnarok has the sarcastic humor of Deadpool minus the overt language and the fun of Guardians minus the cool music (except the one Led Zeppelin song) and the action of Avengers minus the chaos. It’s Thor in his laid back phase of his life – perhaps still trying to find his signature “thing” in this crazy intertwined Marvel universe. I’m not quite 100% sure he’s found his voice yet (maybe it’s like a Samson thing since he cut his hair), but he definitely found his thunder.
Fun, quirky and definitely “spoofy,” families will either appreciate and embrace or walk away confused by this new version of Thor. But one thing’s for sure, guaranteed laughs will be had by all.
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Thor: Ragnarok thunders into theaters this Friday November 3, 2017.
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Amber Ludwig says
We are for sure going!! I feel like it’s one we can all go to together!! My son will be so entranced by all the action!
Jo-Ann Brightman says
I do want to see this movie, but I am not sure if I will find this new side of Thor to be confusing.
Thank you! I appreciate this so much. So many of my kids’ friends see these movies and I just don’t see how my own kids are mature enough yet. Or maybe I’m worried that they ARE mature and they will get a lot of the innuendo.
Me and my husband cannot wait to see this one. I always liked that Thor was more funny. I am there for action and humor!
Mary Gardner says
I am not sure if we will embrace the ‘spoofyness; aspect of this movie but either way we will be going to see it because my teenager is really looking forward to it. Thanks for the review.
Dandi D says
My husband and I can’t wait to see this movie!
shelly peterson says
I seen this movie last weekend and of course loved it. I will definitely be buying it.