The superhero movie genre is strong and ever-present these days. The Marvel movies are dominating the scene and who isn’t enjoying that? However, as good as the modern superhero movie trend is, it can become a little formulaic and familiar. That is not necessarily a bad thing, but when a superhero movie comes along that is quite unique, I get a little giddy. I recently attended a media screening of Marvel’s Doctor Strange, and I found it to be a masterpiece: visually stunning, entertaining, and ground-breaking.
I knew very little about Marvel superheroes until I had a son. By the time the movies came out, I had been pretty well-schooled by my husband and son on the major Marvel players. However, I admit that I knew next to nothing about Doctor Strange when I attended this screening. Perhaps that made this story more interesting for me. Doctor Strange is an arrogant doctor with a God-complex and 100% faith in himself. He only believes what he can see and that makes it exceptionally difficult for him to deal with a tragedy that befalls him. I won’t spoil it for you, but Doctor Strange’s journey stretches him and takes him to places he never imagined.
Doctor Strange is a fantastic journey with a compelling story-line, jaw-dropping effects, and a hero you can (eventually) root for. This movie has some intense scenes, but none that are terrifying. As I always say, know your kids. If they have been able to watch the other Marvel movies, this one should be no problem. As for adult content, there is one line near the beginning about whether or not two people were “sleeping together,” a line likely to fly right over the heads of most younger children (again, know your kids).
I highly recommend Doctor Strange. Go see it!
Rating: PG-13 for sci-fi violence and action throughout, and an intense crash sequence.
Worth seeing in 3D? Yes. Without a doubt.
Scene after the credits? Yes, there are two. Stay and watch them both.
Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Michael Stuhlbarg, Benjamin Bratt, Scott Adkins, Mads Mikkelsen, Tilda Swinton
Directed by: Scott Derrickson