The newest Thor movie is here. Let’s talk about the PG-13 rating and if your kids should see this with you. My honest Thor: Ragnarok from one parent to another. #ThorRagnarok
THOR: RAGNAROK Review #THORRAGNAROK
When it comes to Marvel movies, Thor: Ragnarok is already said to be the highest rated of all time. The movie doesn’t even hit theaters nationwide until tomorrow, folks. So how is that possible? Let’s dive right into this review (SPOILER FREE) and you be the judge.
IMDb summary: Imprisoned, the mighty Thor finds himself in a lethal gladiatorial contest against the Hulk, his former ally. Thor must fight for survival and race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela from destroying his home and the Asgardian civilization.
Thor: Ragnarok has a new director at the helm and some have questioned if he missed the mark in this movie or not. I for one believe Taika Waititi offered up a refreshing, unique, and immensely entertaining take on the franchise, which boasts laughs every bit as big as the amazing action sequences. Thor: Ragnarok is a big departure for this franchise in terms of tone but it sits nicely alongside previous installments and the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe as a whole.
There are a lot of new characters that are introduced in Ragnarok that (if you’re new to the world) you may not be familiar with. For starters, no surprise I’m sure, we see Hulk. I was a bit worried that the Hulk sideline will feel tacked-on and stray from the Thor storyline but it didn’t – Bruce Banner and his green friend fit into this picture very organically. Hulk has definitely grown since we first met him years ago and now his personality really shines through. He’s almost human at this point. In general, all of the characters had their own character arcs from finding oneself, re-finding purpose in life, and even redemption.
As I mentioned, the film is very funny. You’ll laugh more than ever before – even more than in one of the Guardian movies, dare I say. That being said, the movie did have heart to it and you never lost sense on what Thor was set out to do. One great addition was near the beginning. That scene’s location – Norway – was also a neat nod to the Norse mythology roots of these characters. Unfortunately, MCU films are notorious for their lack of great villains. I’m glad to say that Hela broke this trend. She is both memorable and menacing. I also enjoyed seeing her be threatening, setting the stakes high, and having a lasting impact on both Thor and Asgard (both physically and emotionally).
The color palette of Ragnarok was so gorgeous and super vibrant. The location and the character designs have never looked better compared to other Thor films in the past. The action was also dynamic and energetic. It was also varied which I liked – we got to see a couple of one-on-one fights as well as some epic scale battles, and a few spaceship chases. The pre-screening I saw was in 3D which I normally don’t like going to but I highly suggest it this time. Lots of flying swords, intense lightning, zooming spaceships, and of course, the beautiful world of Asgard.
THE PG-13 RATING
From my standpoint, I feel like Ragnarok has a pretty fair rating. As far as language goes Marvel has kept it on par with their other films, less than 10 swear words from start to finish without so much of a peep of the F-word. There was some sexual innuendos that come into play about Thor’s hammer, the word “anus” said multiple times (as it’s the name of something), and quick talk about orgies. These things may or not come up in conversation later on but I’m guessing they won’t even be noticed by kids.
How’s the violence? Nothing that any other Marvel film hasn’t done before. Lots of Sci-fi fight scenes without the blood and gore. Near the end of the film, there is a huge battle that ups the violence just a bit, machine guns, Surtur gets involved, Hela and Thor’s “team” fighting might be too intense for younger kids.
Movie pace? The movie keeps a good pace throughout the 2 hours but there were some pretty long dialogue scenes that some kids may get bored during. This will most definitely keep me from taking a 5 or 6-year-old. Other than that, if your child is used to the language I think they’ll do just fine in Ragnarok, especially if you’ve allowed them to see other Marvel films. I will be taking my 7-year-old and 12-year-old as I feel they can handle the violence and language and honestly, the innuendo about Mjölnir and the quick mention of an orgy will probably go right over my kid’s heads. But I digress.
MY FINAL THOUGHTS
Overall, I loved it. It was fun. That was nicely done. BUT it was a comedy. It was NOT a legendary action-adventure piece that you go into the theater expecting. It wasn’t as intense as the first movie or as dark as movie 2. Not that either of those two things are necessarily bad but after a while, we watch enough Marvel films to have certain expectations. Will I be seeing it again with friends and with the kids this weekend? Most definitely. Yes, it was good enough to see a few times in the same week. There’s also a gratuitous Doctor Strange cameo in the very beginning, and oh, you have to stay for two post-credits scenes, too.
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