THOR, the latest superhero movie from Marvel Comics, begins with the powerful but arrogant warrior getting a lesson in humility from his father, Odin, the king of Asgard. Thor’s reckless actions almost reignite an ancient war between Asgard and their long-time enemies, the Frost Giants. So, Odin strips Thor of his alien super powers and, via a wormhole, banishes Thor and his mighty hammer to Earth. Then, when Odin falls deathly ill, Thor’s jealous half-brother, Loki, decides both Thor and Earth must be destroyed. Only Thor stands in the way, but how can he stop Loki if he doesn’t have any powers and is unable to even lift his hammer?
THOR is loads of fun. It’s also a coming-of-age tale. When stripped of his powers, Thor must learn what it takes to be a true hero. Eventually, Thor earns the right to be the hero again because he becomes humble, kind and, most importantly, willing to sacrifice his life for others. This gives THOR a wonderful, inspiring, redemptive quality. Happily, THOR also turns out to be rather family friendly, despite brief foul language, action violence and scary, threatening creatures.