I was lucky enough to see Thor: Love and Thunder last week at a press screener. It’s always fun to get a sneak preview of a movie, but I feel it comes with responsibility to share if I think it’s kid friendly or not.
First a little from the studio: About THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER
Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Love and Thunder” finds the God of Thunder (Chris Hemsworth) on a journey unlike anything he’s ever faced – a search for self-discovery. But Thor’s retirement is interrupted by a galactic killer known as Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale), who seeks the extinction of the gods.
To combat the threat, Thor enlists the help of King Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), Korg (Taika Waititi) and ex-girlfriend Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), who – to Thor’s surprise – inexplicably wields his magical hammer, Mjolnir, as the Mighty Thor.
Together, they embark upon a harrowing cosmic adventure to uncover the mystery of the God Butcher’s vengeance and stop him before it’s too late. Directed by Taika Waititi (“Thor: Ragnarok,” “Jojo Rabbit”) and produced by Kevin Feige and Brad Winderbaum, “Thor: Love and Thunder” opens in U.S. theaters July 8, 2022.
Thor: Love and Thunder: On kid-friendliness
If you’ve seen Taika Waititi’s Thor Ragnorak, I’d say you can expect much of the same. There is some wearing (not the f word), some dark theme, a little kissing and some silly jokes. It carries a PG-13 rating and a run time of only 1 hour and 59 minutes!
Our 13 and 15 year old have seen all of the Marvel movies and they will see this one. Our 10 year old will probably ask to watch and if she does, we’ll watch it with her. It’s not super high on my list of movies to let her see, and honestly, I don’t think she will ask. But because she’s seen a couple other Marvel movies, I think she can handle it.
Our 8 year old will not like some of the dark themes and won’t have any interest in seeing the movie.
On Darkness: It’s hard to explain the darkness without a spoiler. However, the description from Marvel tells of the darkest part: there’s a galactic killer known as Gorr the God Butcher on the loose who seeks the extinction of the gods. So, you know to expect some death.
What comes with the God Butcher is also a little spooky. I mean, look at his picture on the movie poster! He’s pretty terrifying.
If you’ve seen the most recent Dr Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, I wouldn’t say Thor: Love and Thunder is as dark as that at all.
On Nudity: There’s a full adult-sized rear-end sighting. If you’ve seen the previews, you have a good idea of when it will be. And, it’s not pixelated like the preview!
So, i wouldn’t show it to e or b. Iz and nat (now 15 and 13) will watch it.
On Swearing: There are quite a few “$hit$”spoken. There are several other swear words and phrases. The f-word isn’t uttered to my recollection.
On Physical Intimacy: There are some kissing scenes. And some suggestive conversations, but I don’t recall anything explicitly sexual. Maybe I should bring a notebook next time! Korg does a little explaining as well.
My thoughts on the movie: It had some silly Thor jokes just like Ragnorak. It was mostly fun and had some laughs. I feel like Ragnorak had more to the story and was deeper and better developed. I left the movie asking myself questions and wishing some things had a little more of an explanation.
Mr. Serious loved it and thought it was better than Ragnorak. He said if I was Love and Thunder again, I’ll like it more. I guess come July 8th, I’ll have to head back to the theaters and see it again to see if he’s right!