Saturday, June 30, 2012

Penny Thoughts ‘12—Thor (2011) ***

PG-13, 115 min.
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Writers: Ashley Edward Miller, Zack Stentz, Don Payne, J. Michael Straczynski, Mark Protosevich, Stan Lee (comic book), Larry Lieber (comic book), Jack Kirby (comic book)
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Stellan Skarsgård, Kat Dennings, Clark Gregg, Idris Elba, Colm Feore, Ray Stevenson, Jaimie Alexander, Tadanobu Asano, Josh Dallas, Rene Russo

One reason I like “Thor” is because I can show it to my children without having to worry about cringing at unexpected moments of foul language. All these superhero movies come out these days, and the kids naturally want to take them in. Of course, they’re all rated PG-13 for maximum violence, although the violence tends to still be somewhat cartoony. If you let them watch these movies, you may have to listen to some words come out of their mouths you’d rather not hear from your kids. If you don’t, most of their friends will see it, and they’ll feel left out.

“Thor” isn’t the best of the Marvel lead ups to “The Avengers”, which also kept the swearing to a minimum, but it’s a good one for the family. My boys got to watch a superhero movie, and they’ll be pretending to be Asgardians for the next week or so. I rest easier knowing that their dialogue during their superhero antics over that period of time won’t be filled with repetitions of words that are not appropriate or they don’t understand.

“Thor” also contains one of the hardest lessons for children (or adults for that matter) to understand. That is the lesson of humility. We teach our children to be proud. That is a difficult notion to reconcile with humility, which is a much more valuable trait. Humility is what leads us to find a better way than war, a better way than conflict, a better way than boasting pride. It is through humility that the human race progresses. This is a good lesson for our kids.

Read my original review here.

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