I've been a Marvel fan for several years. The Marvel Cinematic Universe fascinates me, and I feel myself getting pulled deeper into the MCU with every new Marvel production I see.
I loved Marvel's Doctor Strange! I saw it a few weeks ago and my mind was blown over and over again. It left me with plenty to think about and I've told all my friends that they need to see this movie!
I also learned a ton about the movie while at the Doctor Strange press junket. I'm hoping I get to see it again sometime soon to relive those moments and pick up on details I missed the first time around.
With all my new knowledge, I wrote this Doctor Strange parent review to help answer the question, Should I take my child to see Doctor Strange?
Doctor Strange Parent Review
About Marvel's Doctor Strange:
From Marvel Studios comes “Doctor Strange,” the story of world-famous neurosurgeon Dr. Stephen Strange whose life changes forever after a horrific car accident robs him of the use of his hands.
When traditional medicine fails him, he is forced to look for healing, and hope, in an unlikely place—a mysterious enclave known as Kamar-Taj.
He quickly learns that this is not just a center for healing but also the front line of a battle against unseen dark forces bent on destroying our reality.
Before long Strange—armed with newly acquired magical powers—is forced to choose whether to return to his life of fortune and status or leave it all behind to defend the world as the most powerful sorcerer in existence.
Should I take my Child to See Doctor Strange?
Doctor Strange is a superhero action movie that's rated PG-13.
Even as a fan, I'll be the first to tell you that superhero movies tends to put parents in a tough spot.
Little kids are just dialed into comic book characters, and they gravitate toward the films. Yet most are rated PG-13, meaning they're intended for adults and children over the age of 13.
I'm conservative when it comes to my kids and media. My 7 and 8 year old children are more than entertained by the G and PG-rated selection so we're not in a hurry to add PG-13 to the mix. At the same time, I totally understand that other parents aren't the same way.
While Doctor Strange has intense moments, I do feel like the film is less graphically violent than most other recent superhero movies. If your child handled The Avengers, Avengers Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War or others, there's certainly not anything worse in Doctor Strange.
In fact, in the fight and battle scenes, Doctor Strange showcases sorcery and martial arts instead of modern-day weapons that are so common in other action movies. There's destruction, but it's not on the level of death and ruin that I'm used to.
Further, the martial arts battles and hand-to-hand combat scenes are choreographed in a way that makes it interesting to watch.
Warning: The information below includes spoilers that could help you make the decision of if you should take your child to see Doctor Strange.
If you're considering taking kids to Doctor Strange, here are just a few things you should know.
- It's not a secret that the title character is involved in a car crash close to the beginning of the movie. This is one of the most graphic scenes in the film. The crash is violent and the wreckage is scary. When you see the doctor driving a sports car on a winding road, you'll know that scene is coming.
- The most violent act is a beheading that occurs in the first few minutes of the film. However, the act is shown in shadows and it's so veiled that I didn't even realize what had happened until it was referenced later in the movie.
- More blood is shown in a scene about halfway through the movie when Doctor Strange returns to the hospital. If this sort of thing upsets your child it could be a good time for a bathroom break.
- There are just a few swear words in the movie, but it's minimal. I wouldn't be upset if children happened to hear them in passing.
Will my own kids see Doctor Strange?
In short, no, but only because they're 7 and 8. If Doctor Strange were to be released two or three years into the future I'd definitely consider taking my kids to see it!
Marvel Fan Tip:
Don't forget about Marvel's legendary post-credit “stinger” scenes. There are two that you need to stick around for after Doctor Strange. One is about halfway through the credits and the other one is at the very end.
See the rest of my Doctor Strange posts, including these interviews:
- Benedict Cumberbatch on Doctor Strange, a Sequel and other Marvel Things
- Rachel McAdams on Doctor Strange and the MCU
- Tilda Swinton on Doctor Strange and Working with Marvel
- Why Scott Derrickson Wanted to Write and Direct Marvel's Doctor Strange
- Interviewing Mads Mikkelsen of Marvel's Doctor Strange
Watch this Doctor Strange trailer:
Then see this newly released Doctor Strange clip:
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