This weekend I took my 7.5 year old to his first Marvel movie in the theater. We were lucky to see Doctor Strange in Dobly Cinema at the Town Square 18 AMC here in Las Vegas at it was so amazing. Walking into the theater we were greeted by a brilliant preview of the movie in the entry to the theater. My son said “WOW”! I think he summed that up really well!
We were running a little bit behind and so I wanted us to get to our seats quickly so that I could run back out for some snacks. The hallways are nice and wide and the aisles and seat numbers are really well marked. We quickly found our luxury recliner seats and my son got comfortable really quickly. I love that we were able to put the arm rest between our two seats up and snuggle under a blanket together the whole movie. I love the bigger seats even if you aren’t reclining or snuggling with the person next to you because it gives you the right amount of room to shift through the movie without disturbing the people around you as well.
The Movie Review
Even those who aren’t fully up to date on the Marvel Comics world have likely heard of Doctor Stephen Strange, but it is true that he likely didn’t have the cultural appeal of say a Hulk or a Captain America so an average fan might not know his full back story. Marvel did a wonderful job explaining Stephen Strange’s origin story, and new fans will discover how a once prominent neurosurgeon turned into a sorcerer.
For an origin story, I thought that The film is well paced throughout and even paves the way for Doctor Strange to become a key figure in future Marvel Studio movies. While I was told by my sister in law that this connection varies from the comics, we both understood that it was the easiest way to make it work for the movie.
This film is visually stunning! Marvel was able to create a power that transcends time, space, and even dimension and share it in a completely thrilling and actually beautiful way. My sister in law pointed out to me, and I think she really nailed it on the head – the effects used to represent this is something similar to taking Inception and mixing in a bit of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. What is even more amazing is that the audience will not only enjoy the effects, but it really was done in a way that allowed them to believe in the powers shown on the screen and see how these alternate realities just might exist. Seeing it in Dolby Cinema only enhanced the visual believability of the movie.
Is Doctor Strange okay for Kids?
Doctor Strange plays on much the same level as the other Marvel films. If you have had no issue letting your child see any of the other Marvel films, then you should not have an issue with this movie, but I also agree with the PG 13 rating. The storyline is specific to adult issues, which a younger viewer may become bored with, but the effects are definitely enough to keep them entertained. There is a very intense, but well-shot beheading in the first few minutes of the movie, so if you are taking young children it that will be the worst of anything they will see. (Not a spoiler I can assure you). As an audience, we watch the moments right up until the actual beheading, but the camera diverts away to see it show as a shadow instead of it actually it taking place directly on seen.
We both loved this movie. The cinematic effects, the story line, and the humor typical of a Marvel movie really me over. Being honest, I wasn’t sure what to expect with Doctor Strange, but by now I think I just have to trust that Marvel Studios know what they are doing. I’m so glad I got to enjoy a mommy-son date night to the movies in Dolby Cinema. I can’t wait to watch many more movies in this stunning AMC theater. Find a Dolby Cinema at AMC theater near you!
We were provided compensation and tickets to this event in exchange for our honest review of the theater and movie.
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