I had some friends ask me, “Is Thor: Ragnarok family friendly or kid friendly?” I usually write a review from a mom’s point of view for the Marvel movies, but I wasn’t able to make it to an advance screening. I did watch it opening weekend, so I’ll break it down for you and tell you what ages I recommend to watch Thor: Ragnarok.
Is Thor: Ragnarok Family Friendly?
First of all, let me start by saying that Thor: Ragnarok is hilarious and one of the best Marvel movies ever. However, don’t expect it to follow the path of past Thor movies. You definitely want to watch the other Thor films, Dr. Strange, and The Avengers movies. You don’t necessarily have to watch them before you see Thor: Ragnarok, but you’ll get some back story.
Thor: Ragnarok is rated PG-13. I counted around a handful of swear words. The first few minutes start off with a son of a b****. There is no graphic sexual content or nudity (Thor is shirtless in one scene and you do catch a bit of Hulk’s behind), but there are a couple sexual references and jokes. Something is referred to as the Devil’s anus and the word orgy is mentioned.
In regards to violence, it is pretty on par with most Marvel movies. There are a couple of scenes where many people die which can be hard to watch.
Should You Take Your Kids to Watch Thor: Ragnarok?
I like to screen the films before I take my children. Not all Marvel movies are created equally. I would allow my oldest two children to watch Thor: Ragnarok (ages 13 and 10). My 9-year-old is one of my biggest Marvel fans, but she’s sensitive to violence, so I would probably wait for the DVD for her.
Hela is one awesomely bad villain. Cate Blanchett is incredible and frankly scares me as Hela. If your children have watched other Marvel movies, then the violence in Thor: Ragnarok is about the same, but Hela is pretty ruthless.
Overall, I think some of the jokes may go over kids’ heads, but the banter and chemistry between the characters in Thor: Ragnarok is undeniable. I laughed so hard throughout the entire film, especially at Thor and Loki. I also felt more bonded towards Hulk. Thor: Ragnarok is fun, entertaining, the music rocks, and is a definite must-see. It’s in my top 5 Marvel films.