Is Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness kid friendly?

 Last night the hubby and I had a date night to see a special screening of the new Dr. Strange movie and it was quite a ride.  We had heard ahead of time that this was the most adult Marvel movie released thus far, and I am thankful that the kids weren't with us.  Here is my full review.  Is Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness kid friendly?  What is it rated?  Will I like the new Dr. Strange Movie if I don't like horror movies?  This is a NO SPOILERS POST.

Movie Poster for the new Marvel Movie: Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
Poster for Dr. Strange

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Here is the trailer for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness:

Is Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Kid Friendly?

No, the new Dr. Strange movie is not child friendly.  Though it was rated PG-13, I was frankly shocked that it wasn't an R (and led to some lively debate when we compared it to some Jurassic Park flicks). 

Why isn't the new Dr. Strange movie safe for kids?

 It contains many scenes of graphic gore, and violence.  If your children are used to watching zombie movies, or horror films, they will be fine.  I am talking weapons, demons/possession, corpses, people burned alive, and many jump-scare scenes.  

What about language?

When we got into the car, I mentioned that I was really surprised that there weren't and language issues.  My hubby looked at me and said that I had missed a lot. LOL.  I was too busy hiding to notice, but there were several instances of bad language (over 20).  Below is my reaction (real time) on Instagram.

Is Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness a horror movie?  Will I like this movie if I don't like horror movies?

Yes, I would say that Dr. Strange is a horror movie.  If you are a fan of the horror genre, you will like it. It has images that are much more intense and deaths that are more grotesque than the norm for Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).  A casual fan who doesn't care for horror may have a hard time getting through this one.  My hubby wished he had rewatched Cabin in the Woods to brush up on the genre before this one.  While we aren't huge fans of horror, Dr. Strange hits many of the tropes that the audience seemed to appreciate.  Zombie, damned spirits, grotesque monsters, and the bloody pursuer were all a part of this movie.   

My hubby is a HUGE Marvel supernerd so I am SO glad I brought him.  Not only did he understand a lot of Easter eggs that I didn't, but when I was watching the movie through my fingers, he was able to keep it together. LOL.  He thinks that if your kiddo was ok with Jurassic World, this one might be ok.  Our best advice is that you know your own kids.  In our house (even though they are pretty upset) NONE of our kids will see this movie.  They are 12, 10, and 8 years old.

The Visual Effect and the Acting in Dr Strange:

As usual, Marvel did not disappoint.  The hubs said that it was stunning, immersive, perfectly scored, with solid acting.  That said he felt like there was a massive betrayal of fan trust (that I won't talk about because it's a spoiler).  The work done by Elizabeth Olsen (Wanda Maximoff) was particularly poignant.  The Multiverse also brought us some of the witty banter that all of us love in Marvel movies, but it wasn't lighthearted Hulk smash kind of stuff.

What are your thoughts about this massive shift in the MCU?  Are you planning on taking your kids?

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