Thor
PG-13
Entertainment: +3
Acceptability: +1

Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Rene Russo and Anthony Hopkins. Written by Ashley Edward Miller & Zack Stentz and Don Payne. Directed by Kenneth Branagh

FILM SYNOPSIS: The epic adventure Thor spans the Marvel Universe from present day Earth to the mystical 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. As a result, Thor is banished to Earth where he is forced to live among humans. When the most dangerous villain of his world sends its darkest forces to invade Earth, Thor learns what it takes to be a true hero.

PREVIEW REVIEW: It is what it is, a comic book legendary superhero brought to 3D. Things and people break, quake or explode, all at decibel-defying bombasity. The story is somewhat involving, the men are strong, the women good looking (and strong), there are positive messages about not being prideful or vain, and the visual look is outstanding. Though the 3D effect continues to wear thin, the film’s CGI effects are impressive. Not as witty or smart as Iron Man, still, if you’re a fan of the comic book god of thunder, you’ll most likely be satisfied. Don’t like loud movies, but find you have to attend with those who do? Take earplugs.

DVD Alternative: Iron Man.

MOVIES: The Good, The Bad, And The Really, Really Bad by Phil Boatwright.
Along with 21 chapters that guide you safely through the maze of Hollywood mediocrity and the spiritually unrewarding, MOVIES offers countless references to films, plus spotlights on classics and soon to be classics. It’s a useful tool for parents and concerned moviegoers, one you’ll find yourself coming back to over and over. To order the book, go to Amazon.com and place the book title in the search box. New price: $13.45.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
Distributor: Paramount Pictures

Summary
Crude Language: None
Obscene Language: Four or five minor expletives such as hell or ass, but no harsh obscenity.
Profanity: The expression “Oh my god” is uttered a couple of times by the mortal women, but no profane use of God’s name or Christ’s.
Violence: The film receives its rating for intense sci-fi action violence, including demon-looking creatures called Frost Giants who are at war with Thor’s people; the violent imagery is accompanied by loud and sometimes jolting audio effects.
Sexual Intercourse: None
Nudity: None
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: None
Drug Abuse: Some drinking in the land of Odem where celebrators seem to be drinking flagons of mead (whatever mead is) – and on Earth, where our god of thunder does Boiler Makers (beer and whiskey) with a human, both getting drunk.
Other: None
Running Time: 100 minutes
Intended Audience: Comic Book Appreciators

Copyright Preview Family Movie Review (www.previeoOnline.org)