Thor: Ragnarok Review & Parental Guidance

My daughter and I attended an advance screening of Thor: Ragnarok on Monday night to facilitate this review. My daughter loved the movie and can’t wait to go back with Dad over the weekend. 

Thor Ragnarok: Thor and LokiMarvel Studios’ THOR: RAGNAROK..L to R: Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Loki (Tom Hiddleston)..Ph: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2017

Thor: Ragnarok Thoughts

Thor: Ragnarok continues the Marvel tradition of mixing one-liners into the action. My daughter declared it the funniest of the Thor movies. I’m not sure it outranks the original, but it is definitely funnier and more light hearted than Thor: Dark World.

Thor: Ragnarok features Hela (Cate Blanchett), the first female villain in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Her story was much more straightforward to follow than the Thor: Dark World story with the dark elves.

Thor: Ragnarok - Hela in Asgard

Marvel Studios’ THOR: RAGNAROK..Hela (Cate Blanchett)..Ph: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2017


In addition to Thor, Loki (Tom Hiddleston), Heimdall (Idris Elba), and Odin (Anthony Hopkins) return from previous Thor movies. Hulk/Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) also has a significant role in the film.

Thor and Hulk were definitely missed in Captain America: Civil War which featured the rest of the team. It was good to catch up with what they are doing.

Thor: Ragnarok -Thor & Bruce Banner

Marvel Studios Thor: Ragnarok..L to R: Bruce Banner/Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth)..Photo: Jasin Boland..©Marvel Studios 2017

I knew Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) would appear in Thor: Ragnarok. His appearance was brief, just one scene. However, it played for great comedic affect. Of course Stan Lee has his typical cameo in the film which is good for a laugh. 

The Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum) is great as an over the top dictator orchestrating gladiatorial conquests. His scenes definitely add to the comedic nature of the movie.

Thor: Ragnarok - Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum)

Thor: Ragnarok…Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum)..Photo: Jasin Boland..©Marvel Studios 2017

Thor: Raganrok is best seen after other movies in the Marvel series. Particularly Thor: Dark World and Avengers: Age of Ultron. A few key plot points are dependent on this prior history. Key information:

  • At the end of Thor: Dark World, Loki has shape shifted to the form of Odin and is now ruling Asgard.
  • After the events of Age of Ultron, Thor has left Earth and is looking for information on the infinity stones.
  • At the end of Age of Ultron, the Hulk has left Earth on his own.
  • Dr Strange has mystical powers and is living in New York.

While the main plot of Thor: Ragnarok is wrapped up nicely in the film, there was definite setup for the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War.

Thor: Ragnarok Trailer

About Thor: Ragnarok

Marvel Studios provided the following description of Thor: Ragnarok.

In Marvel Studios’ THOR: RAGNAROK, Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok—the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization—at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela. But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger—the Incredible Hulk! THOR: RAGNAROK is directed by Taika Waititi and returns Chris Hemsworth starring as Thor and Tom Hiddleston reprising his role as Loki. They are joined by Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson and Karl Urban, with Mark Ruffalo and Anthony Hopkins.

Thor: Ragnarok opens in local theaters on Friday, November 3. Early showings start the evening of Thursday, November 2

Parental Guidance for Thor: Ragnarok

Since many children like the Marvel movies, we wanted to share some Parental Guidance for Thor: Ragnarok. The movie is rated PG-13, primarily for violence.

Most of the rating is earned on the basis of violence. Most of the violence is typical of a superhero action movie. There are a couple of scenes where one or two characters take out an opposing force. This is mostly shown through hand-to-hand combat and mostly bloodless impalements. 

However, there are a few scenes with more violence. There is a beheading where the severed head is shown. A character also has a nasty facial injury that may be graphic for some kids.

It should also be noted that the main villain, Hela is female. There is a fair share of two-sided fighting between her and the male characters. 

Thor: Ragnarok - Hela

Thor: Ragnarok..Hela (Cate Blanchett)..Photo: Jasin Boland..©Marvel Studios 2017

Thor: Ragnarok has very little sexual content. There are a couple of innuendos/euphemisms that younger children will likely not understand. One scene has Hulk’s naked butt and characters react to him walking by. There is some drinking in the movie. Thor has a drink early in the movie. Another character is shown to be drunk or drinking on several occasions. This drinking is later revealed to be an escape from bad memories.

There is some milld language in Thor: Ragnarok. It was fairly typical of other movies in the series. 

Overall, I would base the age recommendation on your child. If they have seen other movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, they should be find seeing Thor: Ragnarok.

Final Thoughts

We recommend Thor: Raganarok to fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It furthers the storyline of the Infinity Stones that connects the MCU movies. At the same time, it offers a stronger connection to Thor’s Norse mythology roots particularly compared to Thor: Dark World. I was actually a bit disappointed that they didn’t spend more time on parts of the mythology. 

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Anna Mae owns & operates Ann Arbor with Kids, a website dedicated to Family Activities in Ann Arbor. My husband and I moved to Ann Arbor in 2003 and our daughter joined the family in 2006.

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