A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
There is a contrast between Strange, who gets to be become Sorcerer Supreme, and the seemingly more-qualified Mordo, who only cares about victory and not the safety of his comrades. Maybe Strange's background as a physician is meant to symbolize his altruism, but he's a pretty cold doctor. Before he gets enlightenment/superpowers the hero attempts suicide.
Violence & Scariness
Sympathetic characters are killed, and others stripped to skeletons in magical combat. The main character is maimed (non explicitly) in a car wreck.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some female warriors wear skimpy bikini tops (always what you need battling monsters, of course).
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Products & Purchases
The promotional tie-in with the comic-book series is hard to overlook.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this cartoon derives from a Marvel comic book steeped in occult magic and mysticism, and sorcery that impinges on the real world (as opposed to fairy tales). It's wildly fantastical and not quite as campy as the comics (none of Stan Lee's nonsensical invocations such as "By the hoary hosts of Haggoth!"). There is also some creepy imagery, especially involving bewitched and zombie-like children. One attempted suicide. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
There is some effectively spooky imagery, both animated and CGI, that might creep out especially younger kids, and the story takes itself ultra-seriously. You don't have to have read the comics to comprehend the basic A to B (and To Be Continued...) origin story; understanding the fine details on how exactly wizard A gets around to defeating evil god B, well, you're on your own. Kids who have read the comics may find more value in this Japanese-animated realization of the superhero than adults expecting another Spider-Man.
Nothing all that surprising happens, ultimately (except nobody in the nameless city seems to notice a monster apocalypse and armies of zombies in the streets), with the door open at the end for continuing episodes. But in the end there isn't much here. You'd think Strange's metamorphosis from a man of science to a superdude of spells and sorcery would be kind of cool, but no big deal is made of it.
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