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Doctor Strange is Marvel Studio’s 14th film in the continuous world they are building known as the Marvel Cinematic universe. Since Iron Man back in 2008, the company has been making success after success with their superhero films. However Doctor Strange has accomplished something that these Marvel movies have not done in the past few years, this film made me feel like a kid again.
The film begins with our main character Stephen Strange (played by Benedict Cumberbatch) performing a surgery on a patient. You soon learn that Strange is one of the finest neurosurgeons in the world and this has gone to his head. He has a cruel ego, wears expensive suits, drives fancy cars, and talks down to everyone he speaks with. However after a horrible car accident, Strange’s hands are severely damaged and due to nerve damage he can hardly use them, let alone consider performing surgery again. A now depressed Strange seeks out any medical help he can to repair his hands. When nothing works, Strange travels to Kathmandu, Nepal to find someone rumoured of saving a man from paralyzation. He then learns that this person is the ancient one (played by Tilda Swinton), a mighty sorceress who promises that if he learns to use magic under her, his hands may heal. After much training, Strange learns that he is gifted at the art of magic and joins the ancient ones forces against all evil that threatens to destroy earth. Now Doctor Strange and his new partners must fight together to fight an evil sorcerer who betrayed the ancient one and stole a secret spell that may bring destruction to the world.
Possibly the most wonderful thing about this film is how fresh it is. From the stunning kaleidoscope like visuals to the unique character that is Doctor Strange, this film looks and feels like a new take on the classic superhero story. When I say this film made me feel like a kid, I meant that leaving the theater I WANTED to be Doctor Strange and use magic to fight against evil. A feeling I used to feel all the time going into superhero movies as a kid but have not felt in a long time.
That being said there are some things parents should be aware of bringing their children to this film. Being that Doctor Strange is a neurosurgeon, there are scenes that show surgery being done. Nothing is too graphic but there are scenes of blood and one scene in which a needle is injected in a body. This is not to deter you from seeing this film but rather to give you a heads up if you have children who are squeamish to that sort of thing. Also, there is a part in the film where some villains are disintegrated in a rather grotesque way. I would say that if your child has seen many of the other Marvel films this should not be dramatically different but this may not be the best introductory superhero film for a younger viewer.
With its amazing visuals, exciting action, and a fresh take on the superhero story, I give Doctor Strange a 4/5