I went to see this with our 9 year old son, honestly not expecting very much. While I have enjoyed Portman and Hopkins in a number of roles, I felt this would be just another comic book hero movie with a bad script, extremely predictable character development, and unoriginal attempts at humor. I was wrong... Not only did I AND our 9 year old boy enjoy THOR, our 13 year old daughter, 15 year old goddaughter, and two more of our daughter's friends enjoyed it...ALL 3 TIMES WE SAW IT!!! That's right...I saw THOR with our kids 3 times. Granted, this is a bit over-killed, but we thoroughly enjoyed the movie every time and plan to purchase it on opening DVD release day. Here's why: 1. I felt it was age appropriate. 2. Was it violent, sure...was it gory, no. 3. It had clear lines of good and bad, treated well with a myriad of complexities that led people to their struggles...so it felt honest. 4. I thought it was a GREAT play into the Avengers movie that is on the way. 5. I felt Branagh did a wonderful job directing...they should consider allowing him to direct the Avengers. Rent this one...buy it...whatever works for you. It's good entertainment with plenty of action, quick wit, and a sweet redemption in the end. No Oscars here, but a good film nonetheless...thumbs up!