Sunday, January 5, 2014

Thor Movie Review

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We spent our New Years Eve watching action packed, superhero movies. Which are a favorite genre for the entire family. We already own many of the Marvel superhero movies like Iron Man, X-Men, Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk and Captain American and now thanks to Connect Your Home we now own the first Thor movie.

Moms review:
What's not to love about Thor it has action, fantasy, romance and suspense. There is something for everyone in the is movie. Not to mention a little bit of mythology education too!

Thor in case you didn't know is a Norse hammer-wielding god. He is associated with thunder, lightning, storms, oak trees, strength, the protection of mankind, and also hallowing, healing and fertility. Back in 1962 Stan Lee created the Thor comic book which was based on original Norse myths. Now years later Thor was brought to life in a motion picture by Marvel Studios.

The movie opens with physicist (and main character) Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) investigating a atmospheric disturbance with her team in the New Mexico desert. The disturbance? You guessed it Thor falling out of the sky.

The movie flashes back to introduce you to Asgard, the inhabitants and the war against the Frost Giants of Jotunheim. You also meet Thor (Chris Hemsworth), his brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and their father Odin (Anthony Hopkins) all key players in the movie.

Then the action starts and things get interesting. Thor and his brother Loki are both ready to take over the throne of Asgard. Sibling rivalry takes over and both battle for their father Odin's approval. Odin is a wise ruler and has kept Asgard a peaceful place for many years. But his life is coming to an end and war is threatening their World. Both brothers have their own thoughts on what should be done. The arrogant Thor takes matters into his own hands and as a result he is banished to Earth by his father for his actions.

Flash forward back to Earth where Thor lands in the desert with no power and the loss of his hammer. Now he must fight to reclaim his warrior status by proving to his father he is worthy! And when dark forces threaten Earth and Asgard, Thor becomes a true hero to save those he cares most.

The visuals in the movie were spectacular especially Asgard. My children loved the rainbow bridge. I really liked the Asgardian costumes and thought they were very well done. The acting though was just okay there could definitely be some improvements in this area.

The second Thor movie Thor: The Dark World is still in theaters and will be coming out on DVD and Blu-ray on February 25th.

Marvel synopsis: 
The epic adventure "Thor" spans the Marvel Universe from present day Earth to the realm of Asgard. At the center of the story is The Mighty Thor, a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war. Thor is cast down to Earth and forced to live among humans as punishment. Once here, Thor learns what it takes to be a true hero when the most dangerous villain of his world sends the darkest forces of Asgard to invade Earth.

My 6 and 7 year old watched this movie and I was not overly concerned about anything but here are some cautions.

You see Thor's bare chest once or twice. There is kissing between Thor and Jane. Intense, non-realistic, not overly bloody battle scenes and explosions. There is the use of swearing about 7 times (d#m*, hell, a*#, God's name in vain). There are a couple scenes with alcohol. The Frost Giants and giant robot creature may be scary for some children.

Overall, the majority of the violence is fantasy and against nonhuman enemies. However fight scenes that take place on Earth and the cars crashing might be upsetting to some due to their real world nature.

Thor 2 trailer! I cannot wait to see this with the family!

Important information:
MPAAP: Rating: PG-13
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston
Director: Kenneth Branagh, Joss Whedon
Running Time: 115 minutes
Release: 2011

Favorite quotes:
Here are a few of our favorite quotes:

"Well magic's just science we don't understand yet.'

"Whosever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor."

“I will never be a wiser king than you. Or a better father.  I have much to learn, I know that now.”

Educational resources:
There are many character lessons that can be learned from this movie. Like humility, sacrifice and selflessness. Another good message is honoring your father and mother. You can also learn a little bit about some Norse mythology.

Links to follow:
-Marvel Website
-Marvel Facebook page
-Marvel Twitter

I give this movie 5 STARS!

If you miss watching it in theaters you can also pre-order Thor: Dark World on Amazon, release date is February 25, 2014.

Special thanks to for providing us with a copy of Thor!

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